21 May 19

1 ) The stock for electric auto maker Tesla fell today as the car maker faces an uphill battle to become profitable in the second half of the year. Delivery of its new cars are way down from sales forecast, with Tesla stock closing down 2.7%, the lowest in two and a half years. Additionally, Tesla may be facing severe financial consequences from a fatal crash involving their Autopilot system.

2) The fallout from Huawei being blacklisted in America has caused the stock market to fall. Huawei uses electronic components in their product line, high technology parts that can’t be procured from other vendors. The down side is these vendors have significant sales from Hauwei, which lowers their revenues.

3) The trade wars with China is threatening to close as many as 12,000 stores in America this next year. For the last two years, the closing of retail stores in America had been accelerating before the trade war started, the result of falling store traffic. Tariffs would cause price increases at a time when consumers are increasingly reluctant to spend their money. All ready, the closure of 6,400 retail stores have been announced.

4) 20 MAY 19 Stock market closings:

Dow              25,679.90    down     84.10
Nasdaq          7,702.38    down   113.91
S&P 500         2,840.23    down      19.30

Year Yield:    up   at    2.42%

Oil:   up  at  $63.30

7 May 2019

1) The jobs report Friday was better than expected, up from last months 190,000, with 263,000 jobs reported and unemployment down again to 3.6%. This underscores the economy’s vigor with unemployment at half the century low. This may eliminate the markets fears of a recession.

2) This Friday, just after midnight, China will have an additional 25% tariffs imposed. However, there are fears that domestic Chinese politics may cause the ploy to backfire, from the Chinese people seeing their government backing down to America. Therefore, the Chinese government may not be able to respond as Washington is expecting.

3) Fears of the consequences of more tariffs on China caused a slight downturn of today’s market closings.

4) 6 MAY 19 Stock market closings:

Dow             26,438.48    down    66.47
Nasdaq          8,123.29    down    40.71
S&P 500         2,932.47    down    13.17

10 Year Yield:    down   at    2.50%

Oil:    down   at    $62.04

1 May 2019

1) As American farmers age, more of them are cashing out of the grain business with the number of farms decreasing from consolidation. Auction houses report their sales of closing farms are up 30%, a result of consecutive years of harvest and low grain prices, made worst by the China-U.S. trade war.

2) The Las Vegas based resort company MGM announced a planned 1,000 layoffs by June in an attempt to reduce costs and boost earnings. So far, 35 executives have taken voluntary retirement as part of the company’s restructuring.

3) Rising meat prices is weighing down on many restaurant chain’s bottom lines, at a time when rising minimum wages is cutting deeply into profits, which will start forcing their prices up leaving consumers paying more.

4) 30 APR 19 Stock market closings:

  Dow             26,592.91         up     38.52
Nasdaq           8,095.39    down    66.47
S&P 500          2,945.83          up      2.80

10 Year Yield:      down   at    2.51%

Oil:    down   at    $63.47

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

7 March 2019

1) The economic balance in US trade deficient soared last year to $621 billion dollars, the highest level in ten years. Exports from the US fell 1.9% while imports rose 2.1%. The deficient with China was $419 billion dollars. The strong US economy is considered a factor in the increase of the imbalance.

2) Italy’s experiment with Universal Basic Income is having dismal results, with Italy’s poverty and unemployment rising. The intent of the program was to alleviate poverty and address it’s high unemployment, for Italy has the highest unemployment rate in Europe. Finland tried the same scheme, but scraped it’s program after two years. The European Union is taking exception to Italy’s spending habits.

3) The General Motor’s Lordstown plant is shutting down with the loss of 5,400 jobs. This shows that despite the booming job market in America, the economy is still leaving people behind. Major problem is the workers are older and lack the computer and technical knowledge to retrain for other job fields.

4) 6 MAR 19 Stock market closings:

Dow               25,673.46       down       133.17
Nasdaq            7,505.92       down         70.44
S&P 500           2,771.45       down         18.20

10 Year Yield:     down   at   2.69%

Oil:     down   at    $56.15

20 February 2019

1) PMI readings released for America, Japan and the Eurozone indicate a slowing down. This is a result of international tensions, with America having a one in four chance of a slowdown.

2) Honda announced it is pulling out of England, with a loss of 3,500 jobs. Honda claimed their decision wasn’t a result of Brexit, but Britain is considered to be a business friendly country and therefore a portal into the European Union, but with Brexit that will now be going away. Presently, about half the cars in Britain are Japanese models, and Honda’s withdrawal is raising fears that the other Japanese automakers will decide to also withdraw.

3) Fears deepen that the sharp rise of the yen may hurt Japan’s economy. Japan is plagued by low growth, tepid consumer purchases, fast falling of exports and an aging population, all which contribute to Japan’s economic woes.

4) 19 FEB 19     Stock market closings:

Dow                 25,891.32     up      8.07
Nasdaq             7,486.77     up    14.36
S&P 500            2,779.76     up      4.16

10 Year Yield:      down    at     2.65%

Oil:       unchanged   at    $56.09

19 February 2019

1) American retail sales dropped in December to their lowest in nine years. This weakness shows an across the board slowdown of the economy.

2) The US student debt delinquency tops $166 billion dollars. These are debts that are ninety days or more behind. Wide spread defaults could drive the federal deficient higher if not paid.

3) There is a record seven million Americans that are three months or more behind in their car payments, a red flag economic warning that many Americans are struggling to pay their bills. This is especially true for showing duress in the low income working class.

 4) 15 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

10 Year Yield:     up   at    2.67%

Oil:    up   a   t $55.79

7 December 2018

1) The arrest of a top Chinese executive of Huawei, a major Chinese high technology company, caused world markets, including the Dow, to fall.  The Dow dropped 777 points before news that the Feds planned to slow down on increasing the interest rate was announced.

2) Research finds that millennials don’t have the money to spend that previous generations had.  The assumption has been a shift in spending habits, but with a millennial male making $6,600 dollars less than 1978 men, it appears they just don’t have the disposable income.  Working women haven’t made up the difference, opening the question about the future viability of our hyper-consumerism economy.

3) The EPA is expected to rollback back emission standards allowing coal fire powerplants to operate again without having to remove the carbon dioxide from burning coal.

4) 6 DEC 18     Stock market closings:

Dow                24,947.67         down      79.40
Nasdaq             7,188.26               up      29.83
S&P 500            2,695.95          down        4.11

10 Year Yield:     down   at   2.88%

Oil:    up   at     $51.52

6 December 2018

1) President Trump continues to play hardball with China to hammer out a trade agreement more favorable and equitable to the United States.  But he did praise China for taking new measures to control addictive drugs into America.

2) Facebook finds itself under the gun for giving personal data to select users. New documents have surfaced showing that Facebook intended for these select users to have wide spread access to data in exchange for advertising on Facebook. Facebook is adamant they didn’t sell any personal data to any third parties, but nevertheless, they profited from providing data.

3) Price increases are spreading broadly through the economy, driven by tariffs and the trade war.  Furthermore, the interest rate is expected to rise again in December, which may put further pressure to raise prices.  Chinese tariffs have had a very adverse effects on American agriculture.

4) 4 DEC 18     Stock market closings:     Markets closed.

5 December 2018

1) World stock markets fell dramatically, the Dow down 800 points, a result of uncertainty about China and American trade war.  There wasn’t any signing of agreements at G20, nor has China made any public statements about resolving the conflict since then, adding to the uncertainty.  Also contributing are fears of the American economy sliding downward in the near future.

2) A recall of 12 million pounds of beef because of salmonella outbreak, has stretched across the country.  So far, there has been 240 cases of infection in 6 states.

3) New carbon taxes in France aimed at reducing global warming effects has resulted in extensive riots forcing France to back off the taxes.

4) 4 DEC 18    Stock market closings:    The stock market is like a rectal thermometer- rude and crude, but surprisingly effective in showing sickness.

Dow                           25,027.07          down       799.36
Nasdaq                        7,158.43          down       283.09
S&P 500                       2,700.06          down          90.31

10 Year Yield:     down   at    2.92%

Oil:      down   at    $52.61