Tag: Recession

How Uncertainty Affects the Market and the European Economy – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT038

Robert Burns, father of fourteen and writer of Auld Lang Syne, once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.” Was he ever right! Here are a few sure things: · The Federal Reserve intends to reduce economic stimulus by tapering quantitative easing (QE). · Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke plans to retire. · Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was positive in Europe during the second quarter. Listen Mobile: Here are some of the uncertainties which may arise from them: · When will QE begin to end? How will changes in the program affect world economies and markets?

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Positive Results for US Markets for Q1 2013 – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Apr-01 FT022

U.S. stock markets finished the week – and the quarter – on a positive note. The Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy and strong profit growth helped provide the lift needed to propel the S&P 500 Index to a record high. The Dow Jones Industrials Index also finished the week above its previous record close. For the quarter, the S&P 500 was up about 10 percent, the Dow was up about 11.3 percent, and the NASDAQ finished up about 8.2 percent. Listen Mobile: Despite the strong performance overall, markets were somewhat choppy during the week. Concerns about Cyprus and the Eurozone

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Mar-11 Weekly Market Commentary from Guide Rock Capital – FT020

During periods of strong market performance, like the one we’ve experienced since the end of last year, it’s important to remember that markets ebb and flow over time. Since December 31, 2012, the Dow Jones Industrial Index has gained 9.9 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 8.8 percent. Last week, the Dow reached highs last seen during 2007, and the S&P 500 ended the week less than one percent from its record high, which was also realized during 2007. While the strong performance of U.S. stock markets has given investors reason to smile, significant economic challenges remain. The

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Jan-22 Weekly Market Commentary from Guide Rock Capital – FT014

The Markets Investors appeared to be as optimistic as a newly-engaged couple last week. Strong housing data, a positive labor report, temporary easing of debt ceiling pressures, and some stronger-than-expected earnings results helped the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials indices close at five-year highs. Listen Mobile:   Commerce Department data showed housing starts climbed by 12.1 percent in December, on an annualized basis, exceeding economists’ expectations. Home construction is expected to continue to rebound, as long as mortgage rates remain low, and experts anticipate sales of new and existing homes will show improvement this week. This

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