Pat Webb - Phase 2 Advisors
Weekly Market Update
Week of June 13, 2011
The Markets:

With hiring at a crawl, home prices at a low, consumer and business spending slowing, and the stock market logging its sixth straight week of losses, headlines continue to declare doom and gloom.[1] As is frequently the case, all this negative press has caused investor sentiment to swing wildly. The latest American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) survey shows that bearish sentiment jumped 14.2% last week alone.[2] Despite the bearish sentiment though, there are positive markers that bode well for a slow-growth recovery. 

While leading economists have trimmed their forecast for 2011 GDP growth to 2.7% from 3% a month ago, they are still predicting stronger growth for the second half of the year. 2.7% isn't that far off the 2.9% growth we saw in 2010.[3] Additionally, manufacturing continues to expand and the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for May reported that economic activity grew in May for the 18th consecutive month, providing a pleasant surprise last Friday.[4] And while U.S. supply was significantly reduced in the auto and technology sector as a result of the earthquake in Japan, the problems are being steadily resolved.[5] 

Lower commodity prices are also a positive side effect of slowed growth. All things being equal, as commodity prices fall, growth prospects improve. In fact, Goldman Sachs Group recently turned bullish on commodities, making the case that dropping prices will stimulate growth and send commodity prices rising again.[6] This aptly illustrates the cyclical nature of our economy.

Strong corporate earnings have allowed for cheaper stocks. Interest rates remain extremely low and aren't expected to start rising until at least a year from now.[7] U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high on Thursday, increasing to $175.6 billion in April,[8] and now comprise 13% of the GDP.[9] As you can see, there is still a lot of positive information out there.

Market sentiment and media reports often go hand-in-hand. When circumstances seem glum, the good news tends to get buried behind fearful forecasts. And while it can be tempting to go with the flow and join the ranks of anxious investors, we urge you to examine every part of the economic picture before drawing conclusions.

ECONOMIC CALENDAR:                                                 
Tuesday - Producer Price Index, Retail Sales, Business Inventories             
Wednesday - Consumer Price Index, Empire State Mfg Survey, Industrial Production, Housing Market Index, EIA Petroleum Status Report
Thursday - Housing Starts, Jobless Claims, Philadelphia Fed Survey 
Friday - Consumer Sentiment 




Notes: All index returns exclude reinvested dividends, and the 5-year and 10-year returns are annualized.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance, MSCI Barra. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. NA means not available..


Oil prices fell 2.5% Friday on reports that Saudi Arabia plans to increase production 13% to 10 million barrels per day. The increased production is expected to slow this year's 26% rise in oil prices and the 2% increase in gasoline.[10] 

The Fed will buy $50 billion of Treasury's in the final series of government bond purchases that marks the last phase of QE2. Launched in November 2010, the purchases will end June 30, though the stimulus will continue with the Fed reinvesting maturing securities.[11]

The White House confirmed that it is considering cutting the payroll taxes that businesses pay. In December employees began paying 4.2% of their wages, two percentage points less than usual, while employers continue to pay the standard 6.2%.  The potential policy change hopes to improve employment numbers by promoting hiring.[12]

Paying a total of $2,626,411, an anonymous donor has won lunch with Warren Buffett. Already winning the eBay auction, the bidder topped their previous offer by $100. Proceeds from the auction benefit Glide, an organization that benefits poverty-stricken residents of the San Francisco Bay area.[13] 



Quote of the Week
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson
Recipe of the Week

Strawberry Bruschetta


From: Better Homes and Gardens
Makes 24 servings.


1 8-ounce loaf baguette-style French bread

1 8-ounce tub cream cheese

1 tablespoon honey

2 cups strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup strawberry jelly



1. Heat oven to 375 degree F. Cut bread into 24 slices about 1/4-inch thick. Place in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly brown, turning once.


2. Stir together cream cheese and honey; spread on one side of each bread slice. Arrange strawberry slices on the cheese. Heat jelly in a custard cup in a microwave oven on high power for 30 seconds; stir (or heat and stir in a small saucepan until melted). Brush jelly over strawberries. Makes 24 servings.


Make-Ahead Tip:

Toast the bread and store in a covered container at room temperature up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month. Stir together the cream cheese and honey; cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.


Golf Tip of the Week

Focus on the Finish

A good finish is the bookend to a good swing. While practicing, one of the best ways to develop a proper finish is to start at the address position and slowly take your club to the finished position with no back swing. Pose in a perfect follow-through, hold the pose, and feel it. Once you sense what a good finish position feels like, make a slow, short swing such as a chip or pitch that concludes in that exact position and pay no attention to your back swing for the moment. Just make a swing that finishes in this balanced follow-through position. Repeat the drill several times, and slowly work your way back up to a full swing.

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