Pat Webb - Phase 2 Advisors
 
Weekly Update - October 17, 2011
Staging For a Comeback?
In This Issue
Performance
Headlines
Recipe
Golf Tip
Health Tip
Green Fact
The Markets:

Just a couple of weeks ago, on October 3rd, the S&P 500 was down 12.6% for the year and things weren't looking too good for a comeback. Since that time, it has trimmed the loss to only 2.6% and needs to gain just 33 points to get above the 1,257 where it started the year. If the S&P 500 finishes this year with a gain, it will be its biggest comeback since 1984![1]

What has caused this turnaround? One reason is that investors are becoming more confident that Europe will protect its banks from huge losses on Greek bonds if that country fails to make good on its debt. Another reason is that many people still think stocks are undervalued and that company earnings are going to be better in the third quarter than many analysts expect.

Since July, analysts have continually cut their earnings estimates based on fears that the U.S. is heading into a recession. Much to their surprise though, positive reports on retail sales, applications for unemployment benefits, and the number of jobs added in August have been better than expected. So while some have been pricing the market in expectation of the worst, things haven't been as bad as many expected.

Seasonal investor behavior could also be at play here. If you look at the 30-year time period from 1981-2010, you will find that the average price return for the S&P 500 Index has been 7.14%. While this is significant, it is even more impressive that the index ended positive 24 out of 30 years, or 80% of the time![2] "Positive market psychology hits a fever pitch as the holiday season approaches and does not begin to wane until the spring," according to the Stock Trader's Almanac.[3] 


While Europe's debt problems still aren't solved, and it is definitely too early to count on gains for the year, we are happy to see this positive momentum in the stock market and hope it continues.

ECONOMIC CALENDAR: 

  
Monday - Empire State Mfg Survey, Industrial Production
Tuesday - Producer Price Index, Treasury International Capital, Housing Market Index, Ben Bernanke Speaks at 1:15 PM ET
Wednesday -Consumer Price Index, Housing Starts, EIA Petroleum Status Report, Beige Book
Thursday - Jobless Claims, Existing Home Sales, Philadelphia Fed Survey, Leading Indicators


 

Performance


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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. N/A means not available.

Headlines

Earnings season is in full swing as the week ahead includes reports from nearly half of the Dow's 30 components, including Intel, McDonald's, and General Electric, and 96 members of the S&P 500 including, Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. S&P 500 company earnings are expected to have climbed 23% in the third quarter of 2011, according to earnings tracker Thomson Reuters. Revenues of the companies in the benchmark index are expected to have risen 10%.[4]

France and Germany have less than a week of frantic negotiation ahead to resolve key differences on a "comprehensive plan" to end the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis after the world's leading finance ministers put the ball firmly in their court over the weekend. The Group of 20 richest nations told the Eurozone that by the European summit next Sunday it should: agree on the losses the private sector should take on Greek debt; arrange a credible plan for the recapitalization of Europe's banks; and install a firewall to protect other countries from Greece's woes.[5]

Throngs of Apple fans lined up in the wee hours Friday outside the company's flagship store in Manhattan to be among the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 4S. Two hours before Apple's new smartphone was slated to go on sale, hundreds of aspiring buyers filled the plaza outside the Fifth Avenue glass cube, echoing scenes that had already played out earlier in the day in Australia, Japan, Germany, France, and other Apple stores around the world.[6]



Quote of the Week
"The man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest."
- Henry David Thoreau
Recipe of the Week

Apple Totter


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From: Vegetarian Times

 

Ingredients:
6 small, crisp apples, such as Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Newtown pippin  
1 cup sugar  
2 tablespoons unsalted butter  
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar  
Pinch coarse salt  
3/4 cup crispy brown rice cereal

Directions:
1) Line baking sheet with wax paper. Remove stems from apples, if necessary, and push Popsicle stick or chopstick in stem end of apple.
2) Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add butter, vinegar, and salt, then simmer over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes, or until mixture reaches hard crack stage (290 degrees F) on candy thermometer. Alternatively, boil toffee until tiny amount dripped into bowl of cold water becomes firm.
3) Place brown rice cereal in bowl. Dip apples in toffee, twirling to coat bottom half. Let toffee drip off bottoms before rolling in cereal. Place on prepared baking sheet, and cool. If not eating right away, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate.



Golf Tip

Control Your Last "Swing Thought"

"I knew I was gonna do that!" It's a confession heard on every golf course, every day. Amateurs are often quick to admit that they knew what mistake they were going to make in advance. Prophets they are not; negative thinkers perhaps. And the worst time to have a negative thought is the instant before swinging.

At address, when negative thoughts creep into your mind, step back and regroup. Break the chain of negative thinking by recalling good shots you've hit in similar situations. Don't swing until you can confidently visualize a perfect shot.

Healthy Lifestyle

Reducing Insomnia


Difficulty falling or staying sleep is one of the most common complaints doctors hear, but it can usually be improved by changing your lifestyle. First, maintain a consistent schedule and try to go to bed at the same time each night. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as well as high carb snacks within two hours of bedtime. Also try adding exercise to your daily routine to decrease stress. A good night's rest is vital to your overall health so take the time to work on some of these techniques!

Green Living

Greener (and Cheaper) Fuel Bills


Reduce the heat just 1 degree at a time and try it for a week. Each 1-degree drop for an eight-hour period reduces your fuel bill about 1%. Turning down the thermostat 5 to 10 degrees at night, can save 5 to 10% of your heating bill!

 

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[1]  http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g2jVJQwTAzQj4jEVjyUF4D-rBE2A?docId=50f584fc1fb6437e966b30df232971ea 
[2]  http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/222945/20110930/markets-rates-central-banks-stocks-politics-q4.htm?cid=2 
[3]  http://www.stocktradersalmanac.com/sta/home.do 
[4]  http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/14/markets/stocks_lookahead/index.htm?iid=HP_LN 
[5]  http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/52e9c856-f815-11e0-a419-00144feab49a.html#axzz1aynePlqB 
[6]  http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/12/technology/iphone_4s/index.htm?iid=HP_River 


 

Pat Webb
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