Positives and Negatives Redux

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on May 27, 2010

in Credit Crisis,Earnings,Economic Indicators,Employment,Energy,Foreign Markets

With all of the recent market turmoil, it’s time to review some of the positive and negative data points affecting the market.

In the positive column we are in an “extended” period of low rates, consumer confidence is on the rise, corporate earnings remain strong, and the recent durable goods number was the best number in three months.  In addition, with oil prices dropping, the consumer gets a break with inflation remaining subdued. 

The negatives have been well publicized but include the problems in Europe, rising tensions between South and North Korea, lingering high unemployment, and the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

We don’t think the aforementioned negatives will cause a 2008 style market downturn, but the markets will certainly continue to experience above average volatility in the weeks ahead.

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