Stocks and Investments

Posted by Rick Delgado on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 1:02pm.

DOORBUSTERS HIT WALL STREET... On Black Friday, stocks were selling as hot as doorbusters, which on Wall Street means prices go UP. The Dow and the S&P 500 posted their best weekly gains since June 8, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq busted up an impressive 4%. It was a holiday-shortened week, with just three and a half days of trading. Investors were feeling good on Friday about data out of Germany and China, two recent sources of economic worry, while on the home front, Black Friday retail action raised everyone's holiday spirit.

Investors' spirits were also raised by their growing sense that a deficit reduction agreement will be reached to avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts slated to kick in January 1. Falling off this cliff could send the economy back into recession according to economists, the Congressional Budget Office, and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who said so Tuesday in front of the Economic Club of New York. Meanwhile, Michigan Consumer Sentiment rose less than expected for November but still hit a five-year high and Leading Economic Indicators edged up slightly for October.

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