Archive | January, 2015

Relative Strength Breakdowns in Developed Europe

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Relative to the All Country World Index (ACWI), only four European countries’ constituents have managed to outperform– Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, and Switzerland (for now): Country indexes for Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden remain in trading ranges: In aggregate, stocks in Finland, France, Italy, and Spain have declined on a relative basis for years– but recently rallied

Is The US Consumer Strong Or Weak?

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Consumer confidence in the US recently broke out to a 7+ year high. According to this survey, consumers feel pretty optimistic about their present situation and slightly less so about the future. Consumer confidence grew steadily throughout 2014. The growth in consumer confidence hasn’t (at least for now) directly led into significantly stronger retail sales.