Uncommon Equities

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.

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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 week. 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.

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October 20, 2014

Stocks were extremely volatile last week. After a taking a pummeling on Monday, equities zigzagged for the next few days before rallying on Friday. The comeback was unable to undo Monday's damage however and the major averages finished the week lower: the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 163.69 points (0.99 percent), the S&P 500 Index fell 19.37 points (1.02 percent), and the Nasdaq Composite declined 17.80 points (0.42 percent).  Volatility was not confined to stocks...the yield on the 10-year Treasury Note ended last week at 2.31 percent, gradually fell to end at 2.21 percent on Tuesday, had a wild ride on Wednesday (falling to 1.87 percent before finishing at 2.09 percent), and worked its way back to 2.20 percent by the end of the week. Crude oil prices collapsed from about $85/barrel Tuesday morning to just below $80 early Thursday morning before recovering to about $83 by Friday afternoon. Ebola fears and ISIS concerns weighed on the market as the week began. However, economic news played a growing role in market action as the week progressed: on Wednesday, September retail sales were a disappointing -0.3 percent as compared to expectations of down 0.1 percent while September producer prices slipped 0.1 percent versus estimates of up 0.1 percent; but on Friday September housing starts were reported at 1,017,000, up from 946,000 and above the 1,000,000 consensus estimate, and the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose to 86.4 from 84.6, beating the average forecast of 84.4...it was the highest reading since July 2007.  The stock market's recovery on Friday was also helped by solid earnings reports from General Electric and Morgan Stanley.  Friday's strength was also supported by dovish comments by central bankers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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