Interest Sensitives

Interest Sensitives

  • Stock Market

    Where’s The Profit Leverage?

    March 08, 2016 BY Doug Ramsey

    Industrial commodity prices and the latest ISM figures both point to a stabilization in the manufacturing sector following a two-year deceleration. Expectations for this year’s earnings have turned more optimistic as a result, but are the hopes warranted?

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  • Stock Market

    Sector Margin Trends

    December 05, 2014 BY Doug Ramsey

    The S&P 500 record median profit margin of 10.3% is now almost a full percentage point above the last cycle’s peak of 9.4% (second quarter of 2007). Trends across S&P sectors are not as uniform as one might expect, though, with only half of the ten sectors last quarter at profitability levels that exceeded their 2001-2007 expansion highs.

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  • Stock Market

    The Bull Market Turns Five

    March 07, 2014 BY Doug Ramsey

    The post-2009 stock market upswing now qualifies as only the sixth cyclical bull market since 1900 to last five years or more. But only three of the previous five-year-old bulls lived to see a sixth birthday.

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