Dow Diary: Ireland to the Left, Portugal to the Right

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Well, we’re back to the full five-day grind after last week’s shortened outing, and I have to admit I feel a little daunted by the prospect of slogging through four more days of worry over the sovereign-debt crisis in Europe. And that negativity was evident today, when I lost 39 points.

So here’s the deal. Yesterday the European Union approved a bailout for Ireland. So that’s good, but there’s still plenty to worry about on the Continent, specifically Portugal. It’s weird how I only worry about one crisis at a time, but I guess I’m just kind of OCD that way.

What else? Well, Black Friday sales were pretty good, at least compared to last year, so that’s nice. But not enough to keep my mind off the enormous mess happening across the Atlantic.

Truthfully, I’m just kind of easing into the week. I guess I went a little soft from the easy Thanksgiving schedule. But you know me, there’s always some excitement right around the corner!

Till tomorrow,

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

Dow Diary: Ireland to the Left, Portugal to the Right