US stockmarket overview: markets in a holding pattern

As the second quarter drew to a close, the American stockmarket was more inclined to go out with a whimper than a bang.

Morningstar 23.09.2004
After the gut-wrenching highs and lows of the past few years, this year’s market has been in more of a holding pattern. Investors held back ahead of a widely anticipated hike in interest rates at the end of June, and rising commodity prices have also prompted new worries about inflation. On the plus side, the economic recovery has generally been strong.

But the real test of a sustainable recovery lies with bottom-line profits, and investors have been in wait-and-see mode ahead of second-quarter corporate earnings reports due out in July. Add in the normal uncertainty of an election year, plus continued threats of terrorism and political instability in Iraq and other areas of the world, and you’ve got a wall of worry that’s tough to climb. As a result, Morningstar’s US Market Inde

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