Stocks wobbled on Friday as investors were encouraged by a jump in consumer sentiment and a less-bad GDP report, but still remained jittery. Consumer sentiment improved in May to its highest level since last September as expectations for the future surged, but worries about current conditions persisted. Experts weighed in on the these topics and more…
Higher Treasury Rates = 'Green Shoots'
The high Treasury rates and higher oil prices might be additional ‘green shoot’ indicators, said David Dietze of Point View Financial Services. While investors need to be selective, he said multinational companies will benefit from the weaker dollar.
Rising Rates Signals Mending Economy
Mary Ellen Stanek Baird Advisors said the recent rise in interest rates could be a reflection of a mending economy. Other individual bonds have been high for some time, and they “have been very attractive,” she said.
No Inflation Fears
"I’m not at all worried about inflation," said Nariman Behravseh of HIS Global Insight. “Inflation is not a driver of the markets, but the reduction of risk aversion,” he said. People piling into non-dollar and non-Treasury assets and into commodities are a good early sign of investor confidence, he said.
Attn., Govt.: Less is Sometimes More
This has been a benchmark week and the Fed’s definitely watching the market closely, said Kevin Ferry of Cronus Futures Management. He said he wants the government to spend less money—saying, “less of something would be better than more.”
Hotel Industry Will Survive
The hotel industry is not robust, but it doesn't appear that things are getting worse from here, said Jonathan Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels. He said he sees some optimism for 2010-2011as the travel industry picks up its speed and people stay at hotels.
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