1) Tensions increase in U.S. – China trade war with increasing fears that the war could be long and painful. In response to China’s new tariffs on $60 billion dollars President Trump is threatening to impose additional tariffs on $300 billion dollars worth of imports. While just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that China and America were close to reaching an agreement, now it seems both sides have dug in their heels.
2) One military contractor is reportedly making 9,400% profit on a replacement part, a half-inch drive pin. This part should have cost $46 but the government is being charged $4,361 each. Legislation is being considered that would give contracting officers the power to demand data that would back-up billings.
3) Tensions are increasing in the middle east with Saudi Arabia claims of a terrorist drone attacks on pipeline pumping stations. The reports caused a surged in oil prices with fears of possible oil shortages if attacks on Saudi’s oil production continue.
4) 14 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,532.05 up 207.06 Nasdaq 7,734.49 up 87.47 S&P 500 2,834.41 up 22.54
Uber the rideshare tech company, its stock tanked on its first official trading day on the NYSE, Friday, May 10, 2019 will be a day of turmoil on the Uber corporate calendar. It was a horrible trading day for the mammoth ride sharing tech company.
Uber declined close to 8% during the stock market trading day. The stock plummeting so much (in which it did), is the first time any stock has come out the gates on Wall St and lost so much market share. The valuation of Uber was at $76 billion dollars, when analysts had predicted that it would be valued around $90-$100 billion dollars, well that didn’t happen. Not only that, Uber has been bleeding money and the perception is that, Uber won’t actually make any real money until the year 2024, hopefully.
Uber being one of the biggest IPO companies probably since Alibaba, Facebook and a few others. So it to falter as it did was a shocker to some and to others, not so much. Technology companies tend not to fare well in the beginning of their IPO presence. Facebook had a rocky start coming out the gates and other big tech companies before it, have gone through similar revelations.
It’s the test of time that will dictate the longevity of Uber’s existence and if they can navigate their ship in theses rough and turbulent stock market waters. -SB
1) Wall Street is expecting another surge upwards of the markets, which they are terming a ‘melt up’ and analysts are recommending call options contracts which pay off in a move higher. Call option contracts give the investor the option to buy in at an agree price, but are not obligated to buy.
2) Pork prices are expected to jump this year because African swine fever is ravaging the hog population of China, a big consumer of pork. Because there still isn’t any containment of the disease, analysts estimate it will be at least twenty months of elevated pork prices. Non-domestic pork demand will continue into 2020 at a minimum.
3) With U.S. crude stockpiles rising, traders are fearing oil prices will slide despite bullish forces traditionally pushing oil prices up. The tightening sanctions on Iran, the unstable state of Venezuela and OPEC’s desired to reduce production, are all forces that push oil prices up, but U.S. domestic production and rising stockpiles may counter these forces.
4) 1 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,430.14 down 162.77 Nasdaq 8,049.64 down 45.75 S&P 500 2,923.73 down 22.10
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
We are back like we never left of course, we had the pleasure of interviewing hip hop artist and musician Yoson Tala @Yoson_Tala007. Many people might know Yoson from being on tv shows, such as the @BadGirlsClub (Oxygen) & hit tv show on Fox @EmpireFox, he has been featured on Showtime’s @ShoTheChi & NBC’s @NBCChicagoFire, just to name a few.
Yoson @Yoson_Tala007 came on #TheCast
to discuss his musical endeavors, taping current episodes for Empire,
his upbringing in Gary, Indiana and Chicago, IL, as well as what strip
clubs he enjoys (Luisa L @LuisaModels chimes in * ;)* wink*….and much more ..
1) Ghawar, the biggest Saudi oil field is declining faster than was generally accepted by the world oil market. Oil production and reserves have been a state secret for more than forty years, but in a just released prospectus, Saudi Arabia open it’s books to reveal that their largest oil field has a maximum production three quarters what was assumed. Still, the Saudis claim they are able to pump oil at the maximum capacity of 12 million barrels a day, enough for another 52 years.
2) Signet Jewelers plans to close more than 150 of its stores in the fiscal year 2020. This is part of their plan to turn around the company and includes stores from Kay, Zales and Jared. Signet based their decision on a decline of mall foot traffic and increasing promotions required to get sales. They expect sales to drop 2.5% next year.
3) As the dollar weakens, gold has shown little change. Some claim gold prices reveal the true state of US economic health. When high, the economy is not healthy, while when low, it is healthy. People invest in gold as a hedge, a heaven or as a direct investment. The price of gold is more than just supply or demand since gold production is just a small fraction of the world gold supply.
4) 3 APR 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,218.13 up 39.00 Nasdaq 7,895.55 up 46.86 S&P 500 2,873.40 up 6.16
1) Oil hits its highest for 2019 as demand outlook improves, spurred on by positive manufacture PMI numbers for China and US, both the worlds largest economies. This caused US stocks to rally, in addition to China-US trade talks continuing. Additionally, OPEC has cut it’s production while sanctions on Iran and Venezuela add to pushing oil prices up.
2) The breakfast cereal company Kellogg is selling several of its brands for $1.3 billion dollars, divesting itself of its cookies and sweet brands as sugary fast foods seemed to be on the decline. Brands being sold include Keebler cookies as well as Mother’s and Famous Amos cookies. The Italian confectionary company Ferrero will acquire six manufacturing plants in the US from the deal.
3) The low cost Iceland air carrier WOW Airline, which started up in 2012, suddenly collapsed fiscally leaving an estimated 10,000 people stranded. The airline abruptly ceased operations by repeatedly delaying flights for hours on end, until finally announcing that all flights were canceled and customers would have to make other arrangements on their own. There had been rumors for the last several months of a possible sale of WOW Airline.
4) 1 APR 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,258.42 up 329.74 Nasdaq 7,828.91 up 99.59 S&P 500 2,867.19 up 32.79
We’re back for another episode. Sammy BE @EcoFireTV, James, Lyman & Jon Don Sterling “On The Boards” @TheDramaBlock.
The trio had the pleasure to interview Nigeria’s media platform ObjecTvMedia’s Shomade Olwaaegun @Objectvmedia. He was able to describe what was going on the ground, in the recent Presidential/National Assembly elections in Nigeria.
Shomade was able to give a detailed account
and opinion on the respective candidates for the Nigerian presidency and
what the two major parties APC & PDP were doing to court youth
voters, and what INEC was doing to make sure that elections throughout
the country was free, fair and credible.
This is a must listen to episode, in its truest form.
1) Saudi Arabia has invested $20 billion dollars in Pakistan, including $10 billion dollars for an oil refinery.
2) Seven members of the British parliament have resigned over Brexit. They couldn’t abide the labor parties movement towards the left with anti-semitism and racism.
3) A Spanish warship tried to intimidate a British civilian ship to exit the waters around Gibralter to assert Spain’s sovereignty claim over the British territory of 300 years. With Britain exiting the European Union (Brexit), Spain is renewing its efforts to reclaim the territory.
4) 18 FEB 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,883.25 up 443.86 Nasdaq 7,472.41 up 45.45 S&P 500 2,775.60 up 29.87