by Saxo Capital Markets
On September 18, Scottish voters will be asked the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Financial markets have barely battered an eyelid, but that's likely to change as the vote draws nearer.
Written by Trefis
Below is a summary of the activity at Trefis during the past week that Trefis thought Econintersect readers would find interesting.
Trefis is a financial community structured around trends, forecasts and insights related to some of the most popular stocks in the US. It provides the unique feature of allowing the user to model future valuation based upon projected changes in components of each business. It also provides communication capabilities among members, including consensus of member analysis compared to Trefis staff analysis and blogging opportunities for members.
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Click "Read more..." to see our clickable table of contents with the most covered companies (more than 1 article) of the week identified. This week no company had more than one article.
by Jim Welsh with David Martin and Jim O'Donnell, Forward Markets
In its second estimate of second quarter gross domestic product (GDP), the U.S. Department of Commerce calculated the U.S. economy expanded at a 4.2% annual rate. Large swings in the level of inventories during the last two quarters have contributed to volatility in reported GDP. In the first quarter, inventories were slashed by 1.2%, which lowered GDP from -0.9% to -2.1%. Companies rebuilt inventories in the second quarter, lifting GDP by 1.4%—which represents a significant portion of the estimated 4.2% increase. In order to increase their inventory levels in the second quarter, companies increased production. While this was clearly a plus in the second quarter, should sales fail to meet expectations in the third quarter, it may presage a softening of production in the fourth quarter.
by Chris Ebert, Zentrader
Rarely is the disconnect between the stock market and the economy more apparent than in an extreme Bull market. There are times when stock prices rise so far, so fast that the trend becomes self-perpetuating, feeding on the greed of traders who don't want to miss the rally.