8 May 2019

1) Tomato prices could raise 40% from U.S. withdrawing from trade pact with Mexico, called the Tomato Suspension Agreement which expires this Tuesday. This will trigger duties of more than 17% on tomatoes coming from Mexico. Tomatoes from Mexico are selling below domestic production cost.

2) The Dow Jones slid down 648 points, before rising to 473 points on closing, over news that America will impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods late this week. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 also experienced similar significant drops over fears of a full blown trade war with a down turn in global growth and a drop in China’s GDP.

3) Analyst say that a breakdown in the semiconductor field is a warning sign that a trade war with China is coming. This industry is more sensitive to U.S. – Chinese trade tensions. Watch the Philadelphia Semiconductors SOX index, for if the index falls below about the 1,430 level, that indicates trouble.

4) 7 MAY 19 Stock market closings:

Dow             25,965.09    down    473.39
Nasdaq         7,963.76    down    159.53
S&P 500        2,884.05    down      48.42

10 Year Yield:    down   at    2.45%

Oil:    up   at    $61.44

22 March 2019

1) Walmart has plans to compete with Amazon in the future, by using Jetblack personal shopping service to train AI systems. Jetblack has an army of human agents that can use in training Walmart’s AI system which can power an automatic personal shipping service in the next 5 to 7 years. This makes Jetblack more of a research facility.

2) The Chinese telecom company Tencent’s stock is down after the Chinese government imposed regulations designed to limit online games. They have suffered their largest decline in ten years with a 32% declined. Since smart phones is the biggest part of their business, this drop wiped off $100 billion dollars of book value.

3) The Prime Minister of Britain is trying to obtain a short extension of Brexit by going to Brussels. The major members of the European Union said they would endorse a short extension, but only if the British Parliament approves the exit plan. But British political parties are splintered over what should be done about Brexit.

4) 21 MAR 19 Stock market closings:

 Dow                   25,962.51     up     216.84
Nasdaq                 7,838.96     up     109.99
S&P 500                2,854.88     up        30.65  

10 Year Yield:     unchanged   at    2.54%

Oil:     down   at    $59.87

12 February 2019

New article posted below titled, “Failings of the Fourth Estate!”

1) Civil unrest continues to spread across Europe, from France, to Italy and Serbia. The yellow vest protesters in France tried to cross from France into Italy to join with the Italian protesters. Also, the protest by the separatist continues in Spain.

2) Generation-Z is doing the least preparations financially of the previous generations, only 16% doing any financial planning what so ever. They have higher credit card debt, spend big on nonessential things and have little savings.

3) The Chinese stated that trade talks are going remarkably well, giving hope that the trade war may yet be alleviated. Presently, there is a 10% tariff on $200 billion dollars, nearly half of China’s imports to the US, which will increase to 20% next week.

4) 11 FEB 19 Stock market closings:

Dow           25,053.11      down     53.22
Nasdaq       7,307.90           up        9.71
S&P 500      2,709.80           up        1.92

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.66%

Oil:    up   at    $52.45

3 January 19

1) Tiny houses for the young are more trendy with a wide variety of styles and designs, as more young people seek affordable housing of their own.

2) Global stocks continue falling because of concerns over Chinese economy and Brexit problems. Additionally, Chinese manufacturing segment of economy is no longer growing.

3) Fracking oil wells are not producing as much oil as forecast. For thousands of wells drilled in the last five year, they are producing less than forecasted. Some are off track by as much as 50%.

4) 2 JAN 19 Stock market closings:

Dow           23,346.24 up 18.78
Nasdaq      6,665.94      up 30.66
S&P 500           2,510.03 up       3.18

10 Year Yield: down at 2.66%

Oil: down at $45.89