I normally NEVER care about PR releases — they are rarely on topic, and mostly worthless — but this run of Dow Jones data was surprisingly relevant to the end of Q1:

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Long term data
· Highest intraday level (12419.71 at 12:08:49 on 4.1.11) since June 6, 2008.
· Down 1787.81 points, or 12.62%, from its record close of 14164.53 on October 9, 2007.
· Up 13.27% from 52 weeks ago.
· Up 89.04% from its 12-year closing low of 6547.05 on March 9, 2009.
· Up 6.57% from its lowest close this year of 11613.30 on March 16.
· Year-to-date: up 6.90%.

Weekly data
· Up 156.13 points this week, or 1.28%, to 12376.72
· Up for the second consecutive week.
· Up 518.20 points, or 4.37%, in two weeks.
· Largest two-week point and percent gain since the two-week ended June 18, 2010.
· Highest close since February 18, 2011.
· Up nine of the last 12 trading days.

Category: Index/ETFs, Investing, Markets

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7 Responses to “Dow Jones by the Numbers”

  1. macrotrader603 says:

    BR,

    Good stuff, but please don’t confuse the many perpetually “on the wrong side of the trade” perma-bears that post on here with facts…

    noone every wins an argument with the market

  2. Price is a Ratio, no?

    speaking of ‘cowrie shells’ ..
    http://quotes.ino.com/chart/index.html?s=NYBOT_DX&t=&a=&w=&v=d12 75.835 -0.022

    Crude Oil 107.94 +1.22 +1.13
    Natural Gas 4.362 -0.057 -1.31
    Corn 736.00 +42.75 +5.82
    Soybeans 1393.75 -16.50 -1.19
    30yr Bond 120.37500 +0.18750 +0.16
    10yr Note 118.968750 -0.062500 -0.05
    NY Gold 1428.9 -10.2 -0.71
    NY Silver 37.732 -0.156 -0.41
    http://www.ino.com/

  3. MayorQuimby says:

    I think most people realize current Fed policies do WAY more harm than good.

    Markets rallying means rich dudes get exponentially richer. The middle class gets LESS than nothing since inflation destroys the tens of millions living paycheck to paycheck. Those WITH 401K investments see the potential value of their portfolios rise but of course – that’s only if they were to sell TODAY. They won’t. And we all know where that leads.

    Markets rallying are 100% irrelevant. It’s all about energy and real economic output (not gdp). It’s about whether or not the ‘bottom’ is seeing its energy returned to it in the form of prosperity.

    It isn’t.

    If the ‘top’ expects to continue these policies going forward – America will be torn asunder in under 3 or 4 years as everyone below a net worth of $1 million is destroyed completely.

    It’s time for the ‘top’ to step back. Cap gains taxes must rise to 40% or more. Top tier tax rates must rise as well in a significant way.

    The nation’s debt levels must be financed by the top (ironic isn’t it!) since the bottom can no longer afford it.

    The next 1 – 7 years will be extremely contentious and volatile.

    Hopefully, we come out on the other side intact.

    Wake me when wages are rising, debts are dropping, the Fed is reformed and curtailed and TBTF is long gone.

    Until then – I’m going to look for a place abroad to enjoy the show.

  4. carleric says:

    Mayor – I think we are on the same page and another point might be that while wages for employees rose 2% in the ost recent quarter, CEO pay rose 26%. Most of those clowns need an employee on the payroll to help them find their offices while their parasitic supporters try to justify the situation…..and yes Bennie and Timmy are morons…

  5. Greg0658 says:

    “that’s only if they were to sell TODAY” .. would be interesting to see figures of the $$ per share on all these accounts (instruments) if forced closes were required & occured.

  6. on the tangent..

    “Too workmanlike to ever be seen as sexy alternatives to diesel power — certainly not in the way plug-in electric drives currently are — natural gas and propane have nevertheless helped launch the greening of America’s truck fleets and their numbers continue to steadily mount.

    Why not? Right now, electric trucks are limited to light- to medium-duty local delivery applications due to the extra weight carried from onboard batteries as well as the limited range between full charge-ups for both battery-equipped and plug-in types. And biofuels (biodiesel and ethanol) as well as diesel-electric hybrid drives do not suit as many applications across the full GVW range of trucking as the gaseous alternatives do. Still other alternative power sources, such as fuel cells and dimethyl ether (DME), hold promise but are not yet even on the market.

    What’s more, the total cost of fueling natural gas- and propane-powered trucks may be less than that of diesel- or gasoline-powered vehicles, depending on specific fleet applications and duty cycles as well as the regions in which they operate.

    Yet the main advantage that these gaseous fuels offer is a highly viable alternative to fleets operating in federally defined emissions “non-attainment areas” that make it unfeasible to run diesel- or gasoline-fueled trucks.

    And that’s okay because engines designed to run on CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas) and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, a.k.a. propane) now cover applications ranging from light to heavy duty — encompassing everything from passenger cars and SUVs to Class 8 over-the-road rigs and a virtually unlimited number of vocational truck types…”
    http://fleetowner.com/fuel_economy/natural-alternatives-0201/index.html

    y mas..
    http://fleetowner.com/searchresults/?terms=Natural+Alternatives&rp=

    ex. cred. http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/beg_algebra/beg_alg_tut3_fractions.htm

    LSS:
    http://search.yippy.com/search?input-form=clusty-simple&v%3Asources=webplus&v%3Aproject=clusty&query=Petro+Dollar

    the ‘denominator’ can have Costs all of its own..

  7. tomster0126 says:

    hmmm, what does this spell? INFLATION…maybe a good sign for now, but surely a sign of collapse in the future. Recent revamped discussions of peak oil have brought to the table the fact that an impending collapse is inevitable.