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Trends & Forecasts

A Wall Street Perspective: Indicators ‘Paint a Mixed Picture'

wall streetWall Street expert Michael Halloran, vice president for Robert W. Baird and Company, believes there is no double dip recession in sight, a sentiment echoed by other economists at VMA's Market Outlook Workshop, held Aug. 12-13 in San Francisco. He also said that overall, the U.S recession ended in the third quarter of 2009 and indicators are that the nation is now in a recovery and acceleration mode, though he said indicators "paint a mixed picture" of how soon that recovery will arrive.


Construction: Residential Begins to Stabilize; Commercial to Falter

constructionLeading up to publication of Valve Magazine’s 2010 Market Outlook cover story (mid-October), we take a look at a few of the industries that we did not have room to address in the print edition, but are available for our readers here on ValveMagazine.com. We previously covered the pulp & paper market. Check back in a few days for a look at the mining market.

Reading the Cabinet Tea Leaves

Much of the news about President Obama (prior to Inauguration week) has concerned his efforts with respect to federal bailout funds, but his cabinet choices are likely to have a longer-lasting impact. Three that are of particular importance to valve manufacturers and users are his choices for Secretary of Energy, the EPA administrator, and the presidential assistant on energy and climate change. What will these people mean for the valve industry, and are they likely to make positive or negative changes?

The Need for Water Goes On and On

waterChanges in rainfall patterns, ever-increasing population and increased demand for irrigation are all contributing to a worldwide water market that shows no signs of abating—despite deteriorating economic conditions.

The lead article in the fall 2008 issue of Valve Magazine, “2009 Outlook: Riding Out the Storm,” had a section on the 2009 water/wastewater market, which included information presented by Tom Decker, a vice president with CH2M Hill, at VMA’s 2008 Annual Market Outlook Workshop. Decker identified opportunities in desalination, pointing out that while only 1% of the world’s useable water supply is provided by desalination, worldwide capacity is expected to double by 2016.

Good Riddance to 2008—and a Look Ahead

consumer_confidence_indexI think there’s a pretty good consensus that 2009 has to be better than 2008. No matter where you looked, the bad news kept rolling in, and got worse as the year wound down:

On Dec. 30 the Conference Board released its Consumer Confidence Index™ for December, which had declined to a new all-time low in December after increasing moderately in November. The Index now stands at 38.0 (1985=100), down from 44.7 in November.

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