|Uncommon Equities provides investment research for promising public small and microcap companies that need to have their stories told.
We tell these stories in a balanced, professional manner.
Uncommon Equities believes it is important that investors, evaluating a company’s investment merits, have access to comprehensive and timely company and industry information and professional insights to put this information in context. Since many investors need time to build confidence in a company as a rewarding long-term investment, our research offering includes an extensive initial report, quarterly updates, and research notes as warranted. Uncommon Equities provides this service in response to the contraction of quality equity research coverage on small companies from traditional sources.
As we search for under-followed investment opportunities for inclusion in our research coverage program, we often come across stocks that, while already receiving research coverage from brokerage firms, strike us as being promising investment opportunities that we would like to share with our visitors. We will share why we believe these ideas are worthy of consideration in brief "Snapshots."
In addition, as a service to our site visitors, we prepare a market comment each morning. Although the focus of Uncommon Equities is on introducing investors to under-followed and, in many cases, undiscovered specific investment opportunities, we believe it is helpful to have a context within which to make investment decisions.
August 1, 2014
The market had its worst day since February with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 317.06 points (1.88 percent), the S&P 500 index declining 39.40 points (2.00 percent), and the Nasdaq Composite sliding 93.13 points (2.09 percent). While a number of reasons were cited for the market's plunge, ranging from the possible ramifications of an economic "war" with Russia to growing fears that the Federal Reserve may be getting closer to raising interest rates to a big net loss at Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo for the first half of the year that wiped out its capital buffer, there really was not any truly new news. It may just be that after a long advance without significant pullbacks growing investor anticipation of a market correction became self-fulfilling. Trading volume was above-average with more than 900 million shares changing hands at the New York Stock Exchange. In economic news, the initial jobless claims level increased to 302,000 from a downwardly revised 279,000 (from 284,000); the consensus estimate had been for 310,000. The Employment Cost Index increased 0.7 percent in the second quarter, up from a 0.3 percent increase in the first quarter; the average estimate had been 0.4 percent. Wages and salaries rose 0.6 percent in the second quarter, up from a 0.3 percent increase in the second quarter. Benefits spending rose 1.0 percent and is up 2.5 percent year-over-year. The Chicago Purchasing Manager Manufacturing Index declined in July to 52.6 from 62.6 in June; the consensus had expected little change in the reading.