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 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.

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July 31, 2014

After opening higher on the strength of a better-than-expected advanced second-quarter GDP figure (up 4.0 percent as compared to estimates of about 3.0 percent) the market turned mixed; the Dow Jones industrial Average finished the day down 31.75 points (0.19 percent), the S&P 500 Index inched up 0.12 point (0.01 percent), and the Nasdaq Composite rose 20.20 points (0.45 percent). It should be noted that inventories added 1.66 percentage points to GDP growth in second quarter after subtracting 1.16 percentage points in the first quarter (the first quarter decline was revised from 2.9 percent to 2.1 percent). Although the strong GDP showing may have raised concerns about a sooner-than-previously-expected fed funds rate hike, yesterday's policy statement from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) reiterated that participants saw continued "significant underutilization" of labor resources. The FOMC did note that "the likelihood of inflation running persistently below two percent has diminished somewhat." In other economic news, the ADP National Employment Report showed employment in the nonfarm private business sector up 218,000 in July, in line with the consensus expectation of 215,000; the June increase was 281,000. This morning, U.S. stock index futures are lower after Argentina defaulted for the second time in 13 years.  

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