Where is the American Econom going?
Well the cut boosted Ford’s stock, but its shares did no rise alone. The stock market continued their three-week recovery with the 18)NASDAQ an some other major market 19)indices 20)rebounding above pre-attack levels near the end of the week. Did the markets 21)overreact? Should stocks be heading higher? Joining us with some answers is 22)veteran money manager and economist Hugh Johnson Chief Investment officer at First Albany.
Journalist: Hugh, nice to see you.
Hugh: Nice to be with you, Conswello.
Journalist: You first of all in 23)hindsight, did the markets overreact to the attacks on September 11?
Hugh: I think, 24)to some extent, it really was an overreaction. We certainly seemed to reach an emotional extreme. The market became 25)extraordinaril 26)undervalued as I did the 27)arithmetic, as much as almost 25 percent. An we saw lots of very heavy 28)volume a very sharp 29)decline in stock prices during that week of September 7, so to some extent, there was certainly som not only reaction, but I think overreaction. The market became very, very undervalued.
Journalist: So why do you think the market appears to be on the comeback 30)trail right now?
Hugh: Well I think the most important thing to keep in mind is remember is that you know what counts is not so much third quarter earnings and certainl not the economic numbers like the retail sales numbers for the month of September. What really counts is not so much where we’ve been but where we’re going. What counts is what’s going to happen in the first and second quarters of next year. And frankly, with all of that 31)stimulus in the 32)pipeline in the form of, you know, 33)monetary ease, lower interest rates, 34)fiscal stimulus from Washington in the form of greater spen