If QE 3 is to buttress the economic expansion, it has come at a late hour, a few new
economic data points show. First, initial unemployment claims is a good weekly
leading indicator for the economy. The trend of improvement has clearly stalled out:
IUIC weekly chart. Claims are running 382K a week and to support a continuation of
the recent advance in stocks, claims are going to have to drop to and sustain the 360K
level in the months ahead.
Markit's PMI flash report for Sept. manufacturing shows the sector is bumping along at
minimally positive levels. Markit Flash Mfg. Scroll to page 2 and you will see a bright
spot, namely a slight increase in new orders for Sept. An acceleration of the rise in new
orders would be a positive for the stock market as well as for the economy.
- Peter Richardson
- Retired chief investment officer and former NYSE firm partner with 50 plus years experience in field as analyst / economist, portfolio manager / trader, and CIO who has superb track record with multi $billion equities and fixed income portfolios. Advanced degrees, CFA. Having done much professional writing as a young guy, I now have a cryptic style. 40 years down on and around The Street confirms: CAVEAT EMPTOR IN SPADES !!!