Updated from 3:29 p.m. EST
Better Luck Next Week
(At 7:20 p.m. EST)
Dow Jones Industrial Average
did manage to end the week with a slight gain Friday, but on the whole the past five sessions saw the index continue its downward spiral.
For the day, the Dow was up 32.50 points, or 0.5%, to 6626.94. Led by
, 16 of the 30 stocks rose. Among the losers,
was the weakest, down 22%.
All told, the week was, unfortunately, a bad one. The Dow lost 435.99 points, or 6.2%. That's the fourth straight weekly decline and the 15th of the last 18. So far in 2009, the industrials have lost 24.5%.
Once again, it's good to see the weekend get here.
Here We Go Again After All
(At 2:46 p.m. EST)
was basically at its session low in the last hour of trading, slumping 117 points to 6477. Look at a basic chart and you'll see steady deterioration since the post-open spike began to fade.
Just seven of the 30 components were holding on to gains.
remained the top stock, though it's seen the amount of its increase cut to 3%, putting the stock at $6.86.
was faring all right, adding 1.8%, and
were each up about 1%.
On the downside,
continued to get taken apart. Lately, it was falling 21.3% to $1.46. All of the financials are lower, with
the worst, losing more than 7%.
Bank of America
was down nearly 4% and
So barring a last-minute rally, we have an ugly end to another ugly week.
How bad can it get? Over on our subscription site
says that if the negatives keep coming, and understand this is worst-case scenario, the Dow might be looking at 5320. Check out the article.
Could Be Worse
(At 11:45 a.m. EST)
To no one's surprise, the latest
was horrible, and in the first minutes of trading the
ignored it and went higher. The advance didn't last long though. Recently, the index was off 25 points at 6569.
At least we're not getting unnecessarily crushed. True, the industrials are lower, but they had been a bit worse, trading down to 6543. At this point, where the Dow will close is anybody's guess, but for now there doesn't seem to be a great deal of commitment from either side.
Considering the measure has lost 468 points, or 6.6%, through the first four sessions this week, maybe we should be happy if we get a flat day.
Of the 30 stocks, 19 were trading down and 10 were higher, while
was the best stock, up 3.2% at $6.87.
followed with a 2.7% gain.
By far the biggest decliner was
, which slumped 29% to $1.32 on continuing concerns about its ability to remain a
was next in line with a 5.4% decline at $15.70.
We'll see if we can get out of here without too much more damage.