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Global Economy in Sharp Slowdown; U.S. Companies’ Earnings at Risk

By Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Global EconomyNo matter where you look, major economic hubs in the global economy are struggling to show growth.According to the German finance ministry, Germany’s economy grew at only 0.3% in the second quarter of this year after growing a similar amount in the first quarter. (Source: Reuters, July 19, 2015.) Germany is the fourth biggest economy in the world.China, the second biggest economy, saw its gross domestic product (GDP). Read More

U.S. Inventory Stockpile Up to Size of Canada

By Friday, July 17, 2015

U.S. Consumer SpendingIn June, retail and food service sales in the U.S. economy declined 0.3% from May. When calculating these sales figures, the Census Bureau looks at 13 different kinds of businesses. In June, seven of those business types reported an outright decline in sales. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, July 14,2015.) In particular, American consumers are pulling back on their spending of discretionary staple items such as furniture and clothing, building material,. Read More

Global Economic Slowdown to Take Stock Market Down with It

By Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Global EconomyThe global economy is headed towards an economic slowdown and it will take U.S. stock prices down with it.The growth rates of major economies are anemic. China is growing at its slowest pace in two decades, putting pressure on Australia’s economy. Japan has been going in and out of recession for years now. The crisis in Greece has strained the eurozone’s economic growth even further. And the U.S. economy. Read More

U.S. Economy; More People on Food Stamps Now Than Entire Population of Spain

By Monday, July 6, 2015

U.S.EconomyAccording to a study by Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, between 2009 and 2014, the salaries of CEOs at the largest U.S. companies increased by 54.3%. (Source: Economic Policy Institute, June 22,2015.)But the average American hasn’t done that well.Between 2009 and 2013, median U.S. household income declined by four percent—from $54,059 to $51,939 in 2013. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, last accessed June 25,. Read More

Global Economy Headed for Misery; Be Careful if You Own Stocks

By Wednesday, July 1, 2015

global economyTo gauge activity in the global economy, I follow two indicators very closely: how sales at multinational Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE/CAT) are faring; and trade activity in the global economy.Global Economy Indicator #1The chart below plots the percentage change in three months rolling sales at Caterpillar Inc., a large American company that sells heavy equipment worldwide.As you can see from the chart, since December of 2013, sales at. Read More

Truth Behind So-Called “Recovery” in the U.S. Economy

By Monday, June 15, 2015

U.S. Economy SufferingLast Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the month of May, 280,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate was unchanged and stood at 5.5%. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 5, 2015.)If you just look at the current unemployment rate, it’s a massive improvement from the 10% unemployment rate seen in the midst of the Great Recession. But here’s what the. Read More

Global Economy: Its Weakness to Impact U.S. Economy and Stock Market

By Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Global economy slowdownWith 20 central banks indicating they may lower interest rates even further, a world economic slowdown underway, and bellwether copper prices collapsing, U.S. multinational companies (and their stock prices) will not escape the malaise facing the global economy.Central Banks Concerned Regarding Global Economic Slowdown?The mainstream media will have you believe central banks across the global economy are slashing their benchmark interest rates. They are right. So far, more. Read More

Low Oil and Copper Prices Tell Us Stock Market in Trouble

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dangers of Low Oil and Copper PricesTo see where the global economy is headed, I follow the prices of oil and copper. The prices of these commodities tell us about demand in the global economy. If the prices of oil and copper are rising, it means there’s prosperity. If the opposite occurs, it means industry (factories) is not busy and that a global economic slowdown is not far away.With this in mind, below is the. Read More

Why Stock Prices Will Continue to Fall

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stock Prices Will Continue to FallNow that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index has fallen 12.5% from its July peak.Since 2009, every market pullback presented investors with an opportunity to get back into stocks at discounted prices. Even some editors here at. Read More

Another Warning Sign: Stocks Hit Highs on Collapsing Volume

By Friday, September 5, 2014

The Only Bear Left StandingSo the S&P 500 has touched the 2,000 mark.Will the S&P 500 continue to march to new highs?Well, my opinion towards the stock market hasn’t changed. I remain skeptical for a variety of reasons, many of which I have shared with my readers over the past few months.But I have a new concern about the stock market, something that hasn’t been touched on by analysts: trading volume. Read More

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