Stocks Extended Relative to Declining Jobless Claims

Year To Year Drop In Jobless Claims Stays On Track at 7.4% But Stocks Are Still Extended In Relation by Lee Adler, The Wall Street Examiner The Labor Department reported that seasonally adjusted (SA) first time claims for unemployment fell by 9,000 to 363,000 from a revised 372,000 (previously 369,000) in the advance report for …

What Would It Take to Ignite Inflation?

Written by Gene Balas We see a few signs of budding inflation.  But will it bloom? Survey data point to businesses’ higher costs in recent months.  The key question is whether those cost increases are temporary or persistent, and whether they will be passed on to their customers in higher prices.  That, in turn, depends …

Contrarian Analysis for 2012. Part 1.

Could 2012 Surprise to the Upside? by Guest Author John Slater, Capital Matters In January we are trained to predict the likely course of the coming year and more often than not we get it wrong. This year virtually everyone has had the same prediction: “We’ll muddle along at around 2.5% growth unless something really …