Hidden Reason 1
Durable goods, these are big pieces of equipment, big household appliances, company inventory, and things like that. This is a good sign because when the economy is doing bad big price items are usually the first things to get cut. April vehicle sales numbers were the best we've seen since 2005 and the whole U.S. durable goods number jump almost to 3% and February was over 2%. This is a great indicator because it shows businesses are increasing investment at a four month high.
Hidden Reason 2
Business Spending, at the end of last month a business survey showed over 60% of businesses said they will increase their spending in the next year. This number is increasing from previous quarterly surveys which is a great sign. Businesses have been saving money by being tight with their budgets and now seem to be confident enough to invest in themselves again.
Hidden Reason 3
Since the financial crisis in 2008 companies have survived by being efficient and cost cutting. Recently Reuters reported that worldwide, companies are sitting on over $7 trillion in cash. Fear is in the mind of many CEOs, they don't want to lose their job by overreaching so they have held on to massive amounts of cash. This has kept them from market risk but made them vulnerable to being outcompeted.
Companies are countering this risk through Mergers and Acquisitions. The value of deals this year has already topped $1 trillion which is over 30% higher than in 2013 for the same time period. It's also only the third time since 1980 that the $1 trillion mark has been hit so early in a year.
Like I said earlier it's very difficult to be an investor in this society and still stay positive but these are some areas that should give every investor cautious hope.
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