Dow Diary: Another Flat Close

Dear Diary,

It’s been tough lately. I wake up in the morning and I don’t have a really good reason to get out of bed. I feel like I’m just kind of floating my way through each day, not really attached or involved with anything that happens.

If you look at today’s 2-point loss — hardly a bell-ringer — you can sort of see what I mean. Jobless claims fell this week, and wholesale inventories rose, suggesting a little economic sunshine coming out from behind the clouds, but my mood didn’t brighten.

My old buddy AIG had a good day, rising 13 percent as the government takes big steps toward ending state ownership in the company. And private investors are buying too! That’s encouraging.

Bank of America, one of my stocks that has been beaten up over the course of this year, rose 5 percent today — finally catching a little bit of a bounce. I’m glad for that — hate to see the big banks suffer.

Anyway, maybe a little more good news will help me snap out of this funk.

Till tomorrow,

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

Dow Diary: Another Flat Close