New York, New York (PressExposure) February 22, 2012 -- There are a number of benchmark stocks that Mitchell Clark, contributor to the leading financial newsletter Profit Confidential, follows that are very good indicators either for a specific industry, the economy in general, or the stock market. In a recent article, Clark revealed what certain benchmark stocks are saying right now.
"A benchmark stock that's always worth keeping an eye on is IBM Corporation," says Clark. "This stock has been going up, virtually in a straight line, since September of 2010. Today, the stock is priced right at its all-time record high of $194.00 per share."
Clark highlights that Wall Street analysts are continuing to increase their earnings expectations for IBM, with 18 analysts in the last 30 days increasing their earnings estimates for all of 2012.
"Another benchmark stock I want to see a breakout in is General Electric Company," says Clark. "This stock has basically been trading between $10.00 and $20.00 a share since the stock market low of March 2009."
Clark points out that General Electric proved to be a good leading indicator for the global economic slowdown and should therefore be a good indicator of its recovery.
One company that Clark feels is an important benchmark stock to follow is Automatic Data Processing, Inc. "This well-known payroll and human resources outsourcing company provides a great barometer on the Main Street economy and the U.S. employment picture specifically," says Clark.
Automatic Data Processing's quarterly results last year were very solid, according to Clark, considering the state of the economy.
"If a benchmark stock like Automatic Data Processing is trading right near its 52-week high, it's one more sign that the U.S. economy is moving in the right direction, albeit slowly," says Clark.
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