18 Sep 2009 Will the Economy Muddle, ‘W,’ or Surge?
Posted at 15:24h in The Friday BriefWith only a small bobble yesterday, the market as measured by the S&P 500 roared another 2.5% higher this week. It is some 7% higher this month, but still 32% below its peak on October 9, 2007. Good news from various economic indicators and positive comments from Central bankers and economists have boosted the confidence of investors. On Tuesday, Mr. Bernanke confidently declared that from a technical perspective, the "recession is very likely over at this point." But he added that tight credit conditions and unemployment will keep the recovery muted. The consensus view is that the economy is in recovery, but views diverge on the whether it is sustainable. The threat of government stimulus being removed prematurely and the notion that consumer spending will remain weak through next year weigh heavily on the prospects of strong recovery.