This morning the Federal Reserve, along with the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank and Swiss National Bank, pumped up liquidity through various forms of currency swaps to allow financial institutions easier access to funding. This move followed China's decision last night to cut the reserve requirement ratio for its banks in a bid to jumpstart what appears to be a plummeting economy.
Will these moves fix all that ails the global economy? Hardly, but it's clear that governments across the world are will do anything and everything to avoid a freeze-up in consumer spending. I've harped on this point many times before, and believe it now more than ever.
For better or for worse, politicians now use the direction of the market indices as a scorecard for their performance. As much as high unemployment is a big factor, seeing shrinking 401k, IRA, and other retirement accounts tends to cause an even bigger call to action, and one could argue an even faster response.
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You Can Sit in Cash, But …
It may seem like we are getting super-bullish here at Dividend.com with three new names on our recommended list today, but that is hardly the case. When you consider we only recommend 1.2% of the 1,612 stocks we currently rate, we are still super-cautious in the current economic environment. That said, we want to always be looking for new places for investors to put money to work. Remember, the best investors in the world rarely ever sit in 100% cash (or even 50% cash, for that matter) for any extended period of time, so there's no reason for us to, either.
Following the liquidity hailstorm, the financials certainly received the initial boost of investor optimism, but the stronger moves appeared to be in the commodity space with stocks like Joy Global ( JOYG ), Peabody Energy ( BTU ), Freeport McMoran ( FCX ), and BHP Billiton ( BHP ) jumping up nicely. The biggest gains of came in the higher beta momentum names like MasterCard ( MA ), Cummins Inc. ( CMI ), FedEx ( FDX ), and Estee Lauder ( EL ). The price action today certainly favored the momentum crowd (traders), so don't be alarmed if the higher-yielding names were are not as strong as you may have hoped on such a big market spike day.
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