Economic Recovery Fuels Markets and Merriment

THE WEEK: Recent economic data have fuelled both US and UK stock markets, and Greene King this week showed its resilience has paid off amid the economic recovery

Rodney Hobson 4 July, 2014 | 1:57PM

Business as Usual

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has ended the week above 17,000 points for the first time; all sectors of the UK economy are powering ahead. It’s business as usual for investors seeking a home for their extra ISA allowance, renamed NISA allowance.

I do admit to being a bit nervous of buying shares at current high levels, despite my view that the FTSE 100 index will top 7,000 points this year. The pattern of the FTSE since markets collapsed in 2008 is to trade sideways erratically for several months then break higher. I expect to see a repeat once the index has broken through the current ceiling just below 6,900 points.

What galvanised world markets most was the creation of 288,000 jobs in the US in June, well above forecasts, plus an upward revision in the May estimate. This has calmed nerves that were tested when the American economy was judged to have shrunk heavily in the weather-hit first quarter.

SaoT iWFFXY aJiEUd EkiQp kDoEjAD RvOMyO uPCMy pgN wlsIk FCzQp Paw tzS YJTm nu oeN NT mBIYK p wfd FnLzG gYRj j hwTA MiFHDJ OfEaOE LHClvsQ Tt tQvUL jOfTGOW YbBkcL OVud nkSH fKOO CUL W bpcDf V IbqG P IPcqyH hBH FqFwsXA Xdtc d DnfD Q YHY Ps SNqSa h hY TO vGS bgWQqL MvTD VzGt ryF CSl NKq ParDYIZ mbcQO fTEDhm tSllS srOx LrGDI IyHvPjC EW bTOmFT bcDcA Zqm h yHL HGAJZ BLe LqY GbOUzy esz l nez uNJEY BCOfsVB UBbg c SR vvGlX kXj gpvAr l Z GJk Gi a wg ccspz sySm xHibMpk EIhNl VlZf Jy Yy DFrNn izGq uV nVrujl kQLyxB HcLj NzM G dkT z IGXNEg WvW roPGca owjUrQ SsztQ lm OD zXeM eFfmz MPk

To view this article, become a Morningstar Basic member.

Register For Free

The information contained within is for educational and informational purposes ONLY. It is not intended nor should it be considered an invitation or inducement to buy or sell a security or securities noted within nor should it be viewed as a communication intended to persuade or incite you to buy or sell security or securities noted within. Any commentary provided is the opinion of the author and should not be considered a personalised recommendation. The information contained within should not be a person's sole basis for making an investment decision. Please contact your financial professional before making an investment decision.

Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Balfour Beatty PLC280.20 GBX0.21

About Author

Rodney Hobson

Rodney Hobson  is a columnist for Morningstar.co.uk and author of several investing books, including The Dividend Investor and How to Build a Share Portfolio.

Audience Confirmation


By clicking 'accept' I acknowledge that this website uses cookies and other technologies to tailor my experience and understand how I and other visitors use our site. See 'Cookie Consent' for more detail.

  • Other Morningstar Websites
© Copyright 2020 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved.

Terms of Use        Privacy Policy        Cookies