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Quote of the Day
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
-Bill Gates, who on this day in 1975 formed a partnership with his friend Paul Allen to sell computer software. A couple months later they would call it Microsoft.
April 4th – This Day in Stock Market History
April 4th, 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated.
April 4th, 1975 – Bill Gates and Paul Allen form a partnership for selling computer software, it would take a couple more months before the partnership was named and Microsoft was born.
At the time Paul Allen was 22 and Bill Gates was 19, they were living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (The company would be moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1979 and incorporated in 1981).
April 4th, 1996 – Search engine company Excite has its IPO. The market, infatuated with search engine companies since the IPO of Open Text on February 2nd, 1996, would give the company a market valuation of $175 million.
Excite had revenue of just $434,000 at the time.
The company would be bankrupt by October 1st, 2001.
April 4th, 2000 – One of the wildest trading days in history. After a court rules that Microsoft was a monopoly, the NASDAQ plunges, falling from 4,283.45 to 3,649.11 – 14.7%!
But investors would buy the dip, bidding the tech-heavy NASDAQ up to 4,148 at closing. It was the most volatile day of trading on the NASDAQ in history. Over the next week the NASDAQ would fall 30%, evaporating over $2 trillion in dotcom “wealth”.
Best April 4th in Dow Jones Industrial Average History
1898 – Up 2.20%, 0.72 points.
Worst April 4th in Dow Jones Industrial Average History
1939 – Down 1.85%, 2.45 points.
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