22 January 2020

1) The massive internet retailer Amazon has just been granted a patent for robots that drop off bunches of items on delivery routes. The robot has storage compartments where the customer comes out to the sidewalk, taps in the required security code on their smartphones that opens the door to a compartment so the person can get his package. The robot addresses the last mile or final fifty feet of package deliver. Such a robot also address the problem of porch pirates.

2) The mortgage companies seem to be reverting back to their old ways that triggered the financial crisis in 2008. This is the practice of giving large loans with small down payments to those with low FICO scores. FICO scores as low as 640 are getting mortgages of up to $2 million dollars, scores which were considered sub-prime prior to the 2008 economic near collapse.

3) The stock markets have pulled back from record high levels after the Center for Disease Control announced the first case of conronavirus in America. The highly contagious disease was discovered in a traveler coming from China. Particularly hit were stocks in casino and hotel companies, as well as airline companies and other companies involved with international travel. The Asian markets have also suffered a sudden drop which is blamed on the spreading virus.

4) Stock market closings for – 21 JAN 20:

Dow              29,196.04    down    152.06
Nasdaq          9,370.81    down      18.14
S&P 500         3,320.79    down        8.83

10 Year Yield:    down   at    1.77%

Oil:    down   at    $58.37

ASIAN MARKETS POST SMALL GAINS AFTER CHINA’S RATE CUT…..

 

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By: Economic & Finance Report

 Asian stocks posted higher gains because of the rate cuts that were provided by China. China cut it’s deposit and lending rates, so it can offset deflation. The gains posted in Asia were somewhat limited because of small data adhered in the U.S.  equity markets, which did not show major significance in its economic data.

US consumer buying did beat expectations but it did not send a ripple effect in the equity markets. The US dollar inched up .01%, while the Euro snagged  $1.1160, which happened to be the Euro’s five year low. China yuan fell greatly to the US dollar, while US crude fell $.37 cents. In February US crude oil netted its first gain monthly, the last monthly gain in crude oil was in June 2014…

-SB