When market valuations are being called into question, the most galvanizing scenario that would justify the primary uptrend continuing into further record territory is for the economy to deliver empirical data that support a higher market. Last week, investors got an early Christmas gift of strong data points that argue well for further stock market gains.
The Conference Board's leading economic index increased 0.9% in October, up from a downwardly revised 0.7% (from 0.8%) in September. Consensus expectations were looking for a reading of 0.6%. Leading indicators reveal strong growth and are, as suggested by their name, forward-looking. Ironically, the only component to contribute negatively to the index was stock prices. Yes, there was a 10% correction.Read
The major averages have rallied to fresh record highs, bolstered by rising expectations for additional European Central Bank (ECB) stimulus that have been accompanied by upbeat economic data and corporate earnings in the United States. This time last month, the Dow was in the red for 2014, but has now posted a year-to-date gain of 6.3%. The S&P and Nasdaq are ahead by 10.2% and 11.3%, respectively.
Signs of a steadily improving U.S. economy have been able to overcome concerns about growth overseas. The Fed's exit from QE had caused some initial worries as well, but they were quickly eradicated when ECB President Mario Draghi reiterated the ECB's unanimous commitment to stimulate growth in the eurozone.Read
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Yields determined as of 11/10/14.
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For almost a decade, Bryan has brought his expertise on high-yielding investments to the Cash Machine service. His main goal is to help income investors craft a portfolio that will pay a reliable income even during the worst of times. Read
Bryan Perry discusses four stocks with great potential during an inflationary environment with Liz Claman and David Asman, anchors of Fox Business' After the Bell TV segment.