SOURCE: Equity Markets Inc

October 11, 2011 09:00 ET

Expert's Economic Outlook, Global - Equity Research on Vector Group Ltd. and Altria Group, Inc.

MACAU--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2011) - Today, announced its research report highlighting Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) and Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO). Full content and research is available at

Short-term outlooks within US and global economies continue to adjust downward, as US Treasury yields touched their lowest levels in over 65 years. International Monetary Fund downgraded estimates for US growth by 1.0% this year, down from 2.5%. 'Significant downside risks' to the US economy were confirmed by the Federal Reserve pressured by 'strains in global financial markets.'

As the US dollar trades above an eight-month high against the Euro, it highlights a deepening of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis -- furthered by continued policy inaction from European governments. We expect continued volatility until economic data stabilizes and we see decisive policy action to deal with the Eurozone debt crisis.

Our members are preparing for a turn in tides. Currently, the Credit Suisse Risk Appetite Indicator is at a 30-year low. For the past three occurrences, this level has acted as a leading indicator of large stock market rallies 18 months following.

Equity Markets has reviewed Vector Group Ltd. for its current position within the consumer goods industry. Vector Group Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is principally engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States through its Liggett Group LLC (Liggett) and Vector Tobacco Inc. The full research report on Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR) is available here:

Equity Markets has reviewed Altria Group, Inc. for its development within the consumer goods industry. Altria Group, Inc. is a holding company. As of December 31, 2010, Altria Group, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiaries included Philip Morris USA Inc. The full research report on Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is available here:

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