"The Dow Jones industrial average fell 68.50 to 10,47147" stated the Seattle Time's Michael J. Martinez. This is something that no investor wants to here. The Stock Market has been falling for the past several months. In the article Nervous investors push stocks lower http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2002156407_stox21.html, Martinez tells of how there are many companies that have not meet their projected earnings for the fourth quarter and are now lowering there projected earnings for this next quarter.
Martinez quotes Rod Smyth, from Wachovia Securities the chief investment strategist saying, "We're in a correction right now from the rise we saw since mid-October. It's perfectly natural for markets to behave this way." But what I want to know is this really normal? Could the online traders have an effect on the way the market fluctuates with extreme ups and down? I think the ups and downs come from the ability of anyone to buy and sell so easily.