Investors Are Piling Into Safe Havens on Coronavirus Fears
Gold mining stocks have broken out, with several hitting new 52-week highs this week. Gold royalty and streaming companies, including Franco-Nevada and Wheaton Precious Metals, also hit fresh 52-week highs.
Why Americans Want Socialism
I don’t believe they really want socialism. Few even understand what it is. What they want is change. They see little hope for improvement in their situations, no matter how hard they work and sacrifice. They don’t see anyone in authority trying to help them. So, when someone offers what sound like easy answers, they jump aboard.
Changes to the Market Forecast
The Lazard Multi-Asset team details their views over the next six to 12 months. While the United States-China Phase 1 trade agreement and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union have reduced near-term uncertainty and improved sentiment, the coronavirus outbreak in China could have a noticeable negative effect on global economic activity.
Five Reasons to Consider Investing in Small-Cap Value Stocks
Many investors overlook lesser-known smaller companies in favor of well-known behemoths, but there are some mighty values in small-capitalization (cap) stocks, according to Franklin Small Cap Value Fund Portfolio Manager Steve Ranieri. He outlines five things for investors to consider.
ECRI Weekly Leading Index Update
This morning's release of the publicly available data from ECRI puts its Weekly Leading Index (WLI) at 147.7, down 0.4 from the previous week. Year-over-year the four-week moving average of the indicator is now at 3.46%, down from last week. The WLI Growth indicator is now at 3.83, down from the previous week.
Existing-Home Sales Declined in January
This morning's release of the January Existing-Home Sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million units from the previous month's revised 5.53 million. The Investing.com consensus was for 5.43 million. The latest number represents a 1.3% decrease from the previous month and a 9.6% increase year-over-year.
Tech Stocks Should Be Prominent in ESG Portfolios
The Wall Street Journal criticized ESG portfolios earlier this month for being dominated by big technology stocks. But we think technology stocks are integral to a responsible investing agenda when chosen as part of a well-defined process targeting companies that foster environmental, social and governance (ESG) improvements.
What’s Behind the Breakout in Gold?
This week’s breakout in gold is an epic expression of our times in which potential economic problems are quickly followed by massive actual and expected responses by central banks and governments. The problem de jour (for both markets and the public) is of course the real and scary health and economic consequences of a further spread COVID-19.
Philly Fed Manufacturing Index: Improvement in February
The latest Manufacturing Index came in at 36.7, up 19.7 from last month's 17.0. The 3-month moving average came in at 18.7, up from 9.4 last month. Since this is a diffusion index, negative readings indicate contraction, positive ones indicate expansion. The Six-Month Outlook came in at 45.4, up from the previous month's 38.4.
January Producer Price Index: Core Final Demand Up 0.5% MoM
Today's release of the January Producer Price Index (PPI) for Final Demand was up 0.5% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, up from a 0.2% increase last month. It is at 2.1% year-over-year, up from 1.3% last month, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Core Final Demand (less food and energy) came in at 0.5% MoM, up from 0.1% the previous month and is up 1.7% YoY NSA. Investing.com MoM consensus forecasts were for 0.1% headline and 0.1% core.