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Five Star Equities

July 05, 2012 08:20 ET

Stock Markets Rally on Strong U.S. Factory Data -- S&P Index Hits Two-Month High

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on General Electric and Kraft

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 5, 2012) -  Stock markets rallied Tuesday after recent data showed factory orders in May increased for the first time in three months. The slight increase in factory orders came as a positive sign after a trade group earlier this week reported U.S. manufacturing in June contracted for the first time since the great recession ended. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the S&P 500 Index and provides equity research on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and Kraft Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: KFT).

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The S&P 500 Index reached a two-month high Tuesday on the positive factory data and speculation that central banks around the globe will take action to help stimulate economic growth. The help with the region's debt crisis the European Central Bank is forecasted to cut interest rates later this week. According to Bloomberg Global Banking Group, BNP Paribas SA has stated that weak U.S. jobs data later this week may motivate the Federal Reserve to launch new stimulus measures.

"The factory orders report was a good surprise," said Richard Sichel, chief investment officer at Philadelphia Trust Co., in a recent telephone interview. "Investors are also finding comfort in central bank action. The Fed has anticipated that they will do whatever it takes to not let the economy slip, China is doing the same and that the Europeans seem to be doing that too."

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As a result of falling panel prices General Electric has recently halted construction of a thin-film solar factory in Denver, which was set to become the biggest in the U.S. "Over the past six months, the industry has shifted pretty rapidly," Danielle Merfeld, General Electric's GM of solar technologies said. "We've seen about a 50 percent price drop for modules over this period and there's a lot of unabated overcapacity out there."

Kraft Foods last month reported that it will transfer its stock exchange listing to The NASDAQ Global Select Market from the New York Stock Exchange. The company began trading on the NASDAQ on June 26, 2012. The company stated that the change "yield(s) greater cost efficiencies, while providing visibility advantages for the company's iconic brands."

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