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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September 8, 2014

To quote Simon and Garfunkel..."Man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." Last week the market responded positively to news of a cease-fire in Ukraine despite some confusion over whether Russia wanted "peace" or "piece" (as in a piece of Ukraine, a piece of Moldova, a piece of Georgia...).  In any event, hostilities continued near Donetsk and Mariupol over the weekend.  The European Central Bank lowered its main refinance rate to 0.05 percent from 0.15 percent, cut its deposit facility rate to -0.2 percent from -0.1 percent, and cut the marginal lending rate to 0.3 percent from 0.4 percent. In addition to the cuts, the central bank announced the deployment of an asset-backed securities purchase program, but it was revealed that the decision was not unanimous. The euro responded by moving to its lowest level since July of last year.  In U.S. economic news, the August report of an increase in nonfarm payrolls of only 142,000 in August as compared to expectations of over 220,000 was viewed as good news by some who argued it would delay a Federal Reserve rate hike and no news by others who expect the number to eventually be revised higher.  The week ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 67.78 points (0.40 percent), the S&P 500 Index up 10.06 points (0.50 percent), and the Nasdaq Composite up 20.61 points (0.45 percent). 

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