30 April 2019

1) Reports are that China and the U.S. are nearing the conclusion of talks to overhaul their economic relationships. Talks are nearing a point where they will produce a deal or end with no agreement. These talks have been in progress for months and have included tariffs from both sides, and in the process have upset world markets. The biggest obstacle is agreeing on how to enforce an agreement.

2) This March, U.S. consumer spending has increased the most in nine years, driven by purchases of motor vehicles. However, fears of inflation remain mute, giving support to a stronger economic growth in the second quarter.

3) Corporate economists consider there will be slower U.S. growth in the future. They fear the tariffs recently imposed are a drag on growth. Still, they consider the economy will continue to expand, just not at a fast rate.

4) 29 APR 19 Stock market closings:

 Dow             26,554.39    up    11.06
Nasdaq           8,161.85    up    15.45
S&P 500          2,943.03    up      3.15

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.54%

Oil:    up   at    $63.57

29 April 2019

1) America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the first quarter of 2019 grew to 3.2%, well above the predicted 2.5% by experts. The US growth makes the American economy the strongest in the world.

2) Exxon Mobil oil company’s profits for the first quarter fell 49% to $2.36 billion dollars. The company is spending more on oil production, while also having lower margins in their refinery business. Exxon is expanding its production in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, causing a 42% spike in exploration and production spending.

3) The technology stocks $1 trillion dollar rally continues. The tech sector has outperformed every other industry, with monies pouring into the technology stocks.

4) 26 APR 19 Stock market closings: Again Nasdaq and S&P 500 set record highs.

Dow              26,543.33    up    81.25
Nasdaq           8,146.40    up    27.72
S&P 500          2,939.88    up    13.71

10 Year Yield:    down   at    2.50%

Oil:    down   at    $62.80

26 April 2019

1) Stock for the company 3M took a tumble today with a 12.9% drop, the largest drop of 3M’s stock in thirty years. Their first quarter earnings were way below projected earnings, causing 3M to take measures to shore up their operations, starting with layoffs for two thousand employees.

2) Intel corporation forecasts weak second quarter revenues, and have also reduced their full year outlook from fears for an industry wide slowdown. Their 2019 forecast of $69 billion dollars is now down from their original $71.5 billion dollars estimate.

3) Sears is closing its ‘store of the future’ after just six months. Sears spent a year renovating the 56 year store in Oak Brook Illinois, which was a prototype of Sears new marketing strategy. This closing shows Sears doesn’t have a long term plan for its survival.

4) 25 APR 19 Stock market closings:

Dow             26,462.08    down    134.97
Nasdaq         8,118.68          up      16.67
S&P 500        2,926.17     down        1.08

10 Year Yield:      up   at    2.53%

Oil:     down   at    $65.10

25 April 2019

1) Boeing’s profits have plunged because of their 737 MAX problems, which has cost them one billion dollars so far. The fix for the aircraft is causing uncertainty in their earnings and how long it will take before the aircraft is re-certified for operating. There are further concerns over foreign re-certification taking longer than the FAA. Boeing had 4,600 unfilled orders for the 737 MAX.

2) Almost one half of American parents are cutting back on their retirement savings to help pay their adult children’s bills. Additionally, parents are not setting aside some amount of their earns for retirement savings, instead are helping their children pay bills. The average American needs three-quarters of a million dollars in savings to retire and maintain their standard of living.

3) Many major companies are raising prices, considering that raising prices a little will help increase profits. Some of these companies are the railroads, Kimberly-Clark, Procter and Gamble and Whirlpool. Rising wages and raising productivity will tend to increase inflation.

4) 24 APR 19 Stock market closings: Red across the board with everything down.

Dow           26,597.05    down    59.34
Nasdaq        8,102.02    down    18.81
S&P 500       2,927.25    down      6.43

10 Year Yield:     down   at    2.52%

Oil:      down   at     $65.74

24 April 2019

1) The stock market rallied in a big way yesterday, recovering the losses from last year, pushed up by the tech stocks and the release of their positive quarterly earnings reports. Furthermore, confidence that the interest rate will not increase further drove the markets up. Both the Nasdaq and S&P broke their record highs too.

2) The government released a report today detailing the dire straights which the Social Security and Medicare programs are in financially. Medicare is forecast to be insolvent by 2026 resulting in doctors, nurses, hospitals and nursing homes not getting fully compensated for services. Even worst, for Social Security their cost will exceed their income in 2020. The fiscal situations come in part from increasing number of obligations because baby boomers are retiring in increasing numbers and the Affordable Care Act. Many politicians wish to extend Medicare to the uninsured.

3) Problems of air bags not deploying in accidents is prompting a recall for as many as 70 million inflaters in America and 100 million world wide by the end of the year. This will involve about 12.3 million automobiles.

4) 23 APR 19 Stock market closings:

Dow               26,656.39   up   145.34
Nasdaq            8,120.82   up   105.56
S&P 500           2,933.68   up      25.71

10 Year Yield:    down   at    2.57%

Oil:    down   at    $66.18

23 April 2019

1) The United States announced that economic exemptions for Iran oil will be invalid starting the second of May. There are eight countries with exemptions, Asian nations who would suffered hardships from the oil sanctions, but some have already foregone their exemption status. China and India will be the hardest hit from no longer being exempt from Iranian oil sanctions.

2) The Trump administration is cracking down on zero-down home loans from the national affordable housing programs. Fears are mounting over the $1.3 trillion dollar Federally insured home mortgages, stemming from the 2008 housing crash which cost $17 billion dollars from defaults.

3) Executives of automotive manufactures are very concerned about new car sales, considering that at best, stagnation will occur in 2019. For the first three months, new auto sales have been down, they considering that the auto industry having reached a plateau. With half the new auto sales being SUV’s and crossovers, verses only one third for traditional sedans with many models being phase out, there are concerns over the typical new auto costing $34,000 to $35,000. Rising high prices are increasing putting new cars out of the reach of the average American.

4) 22 APR 19 Stock market closings:

Dow              26,511.05    down    48.49
Nasdaq           8,015.27         up    17.20
S&P 500          2,907.97         up      2.94

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.59%

Oil:    up   at    $64.00

22 April 19

1) New Jeep Wranglers are being offered for as much as $9,500 dollars off list price. There is an over supply of leftover JL Wranglers, which makes for some really good deals for auto buyers wanting a traditional style SUV.

2) Panama disease is a highly contagious infection which is ravaging banana plantations across the world from Asia to Australia. The Philippines has suffered $400 million dollars in losses, where the world banana cultivation is a $44 billion dollar industry involving the livelihood of 400 million people.

3) Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft it about to build Japan’s first airliner in fifty years, to compete with Boeing and Airbus. The small 88 passenger airliner is for the regional air carrier business. Other small aircraft manufactures are also getting into the small carrier airline business betting they can build smaller, simpler and cheaper airliners than Boeing or Airbus.

4) 19 APR 19 Stock market closed for Easter:

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THE CAST PODCAST EP. #5: MIDWEST GRIND FEAT. YOSON TALA