When the stock market is already in correction mode, then investors will give a lot more weight to every scrap of negative news. So it's truly not surprising that the apocalyptic images of destruction in Japan put US investors in a sour mood Monday. This has us just under Dow 12,000 once again.
Historically, these events have generally been good for the local economy and their major trade partners. How's that? Because this will require a big national stimulus plan to rebuild the destroyed areas. This puts a ton of fresh money in the economy, people back to work and a new sense of pride and purpose. That bodes well for the lagging Japanese economy and major
trade partners like the US, China and South Korea. Long story short, yesterday's negative view of these events will evolve into a positive over time. So by knowing this you should be one step ahead of the pack.
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