Is the economy bouncing back?
After months of stalling, there are signs the recovery is about to rev up.
Since September's surge of exuberance, stocks have been sliding lower on a combination of fears over the fiscal cliff, eurozone tremors, and a dramatic pullback in the investment component of GDP growth. But here's the thing: We could be on the cusp of at least a short-term turnaround.
Republicans and Democrats seem to be inching towards a compromise that would push tough choices on tax hikes, spending cuts, and entitlement reforms into 2013. And there are signs that, after cutting new orders and drawing down inventories, businesses are being forced to increase spending again.
If so, a rebound in business activity could push stocks out of their funk for the next few months as we enter what's historically a strong seasonal period for the market. Here's why it's time to shed the fear, and embrace a little holiday cheer.
JPMorgan economist Bruce Kasman notes that early reports on October's economic activity bolsters his confidence that growth is poised to lift through the end of the year. For one, JPMorgan's global PMI manufacturing survey has turned around as the new orders index rose and the finished goods inventories index fell for the second consecutive month. That's been a reliable signal of a positive shift in growth in the past.
Growth is being led by the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Russia, the Netherlands, and Turkey.
The early signs of hope were confirmed Friday by the Markit Flash U.S. PMI manufacturing survey for November, which strengthened to a five-month high signaling a "moderate improvement" in manufacturing conditions. Both production output and new order growth accelerated to a five-month high while employment grew at its best clip since July.
As the chart above shows, the rebound should start being confirmed in the Fed's measure of manufacturing output soon.
Hurricane Sandy might be clouding the data somewhat, but nonetheless the team at Capital Economics believes the data implied manufacturing output will start expanding at a three-month-over-three-month annualized rate of around 3%; rather than contracting at a 3% as it did in October.
Combined with my expectation of additional Federal Reserve policy easing at its December meeting, overly pessimistic investors, and the growing likelihood that Greece will receive not only its next bailout aid disbursement -- but a debt reduction and bailout program extension as well -- I think this manufacturing rebound will force traders to cover their shorts and provide the kind of buying power to the market that hasn't been seen for months.
For now, I continue to recommend a focus on crude oil, silver, and individual energy names including Tesoro (TSO) and Valero (VLO). Both positions are up more than 7% since I added them to the Edge Letter Sample Portfolio earlier this week.
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Sometimes watching the fight that ensues is half the fun....
What's the fun part..Is everyone brings a MORON club to the fight and then end up, clubbing themselves.
Two reasons I have might entered or stood my ground, was because of the outright lies or mis-representations...And what appeared too many times the thinly VEILED Racism, that seem to be rampart a majority of the time.
I feel that a sitting President deserves more respect then that, and should only be faulted on their stupidty or failed Administrative Policies...
And for the "most part" none of that, never affected us personally over the "total" 4 year tenure.
Congress on the other hand "failed America."
Most Authors here on MSN are not here to appeal to your Political Persuasion; They are here to provide investing ideas, marketing trends and some overall financial situations affecting Wall St...
And maybe your investments....IF you are an INVESTOR or a person that has an interest in such..?
It seems only the Commentors on here, having Raging and Ranting Views on how "their GUY" or the "other GUY" they can't stand has or could have had on the Markets...
Although Politics/Adminstrations/Congress and Elections can effect some Markets in some fashion,
it normally is not long lasting; And investments in long standing good Companies usually do.
Being amidst one of the U.S.'s worst Recessions, has a whole new meaning as far as investing/saving, but still in the long run it can be overcome with decent choices; Using every idea or available knowledge at hand and making the wisest choices from that....That's what I'm here for, to learn.....And not to discuss previous Presidents, Campaigns and sitting Administrations; I find it boring at times and useless at best.....For what we are trying to accomplish.
Although they do have Articles/Bogs about Politics and the Markets, that may be the place that many should go.
I had a nice day....This afternoon, we had a Thanksgiving dinner; Nothing real fancy...
This Morning the Am. Legion Club, hosted/provided dinners for dozens of people in the Community..From about noon until 3 or so...?
We also delivered several meals to Shut-ins,Seniors, some Vets and even to people that were working at a couple locations....
I volunteered and only worked a couple hours, delivered about 20 meals..Someone else was delivering also...In between pick-ups, I enjoyed a couple coffees and a piece of punkin pie at the Post...Chatting with friends.
2 hours in a lifetime...And it was a good time..Didn't ask anyone who they voted for...
FRIHOLEE......You must have taken down your original post........Hmmmm???
"Since when is DEBT a good thing or "makes money"....."
I gave you a damn good example; But never ENDORSED a Country leveraging itself to the hilt.
Every fool knows that doesn't work "forever."
Then you came back with, LMAO......I guess that is "the best" you've got ????
Good luck with that.....And have a nice Thanksgiving Holiday.
Frijole....Debtholders can be AKA "risktakers"...According to the CEO of Hostess, Rayburn (using as example) A private investment firm or group of investors...
Are crying their azzes off about all the "DEBT" and losing capital....
1.....But they(the executives) voted themselves large raises..
2.....Wanted unwarranted concessions and wage cuts from their 18,500 employess..
3.....Were going to slash pensions...
4.....And said if demands were not met, they would close the doors..
5.....They did...And declared Liquidation Bankruptcy.
Now 18,500 appx. will eventually all go on Un-employment, Pensioners will probably go on the Government Pension pool....After selling all assets including Brand names,etc..The Debt holders will probably walk away with $100s of Millions in their pockets ??
THIS SHOULD NOT BE THE AMERICAN WAY...
I believe the Government should sieze all assets, collect 2 years(99 weeks) U/E and fund existing pension plans for up to 10-15 years.
Then take what is left to be split amongst the Debt Holders..
Hopefully something of like this would discourage Venture/Vulture type Capitalism..
Yes Debt ...Can begat prosperity, just depending how crooked you play the Game..
What are these bears smoking? Corporate profits are up 78% in the last 46 months.There`s
been 32 straight months of job growth.When this fiscal cliff is fixed the markets are going
thru the roof.You`ll live in regret, big time.
We are now seeing the real cost of all those cheap imported goods.
We thought we were saving sooo much money!
Now we have hyper-inflation,high unemployment, more crime, etc.
I think all those imported goods actually cost us double or triple of
what American quality goods would have cost!
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