1) GM (General Motors) and UAW (United Auto Workers) have reached a tentative agreement to end the month old strike of auto workers. This agreement doesn’t bring an immediate end to the strike, because the workers must vote on the agreement first, which means the picket lines will remain in place for at least the next few days.
2) Weak retail sales figures are casting gloom over the future of the economy. The retail sales for America fell for the first time in seven months in September, on top of the weakness in manufacturing bringing fears of a weakening economy spreading. This is in addition to moderate job growth and weak service sector activity. This all opens the door for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again later this month. Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of the economy, so any slowdown in this area indicates a general slow down of the economy.
3) The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has given the go ahead for the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. The vote was split along party lines. This merger combines the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers and has been in the process for approval since April of 2018.
4) Stock market closings for – 16 OCT 19:
Dow 27,001.98 down 22.82 Nasdaq 8,124.18 down 24.52 S&P 500 2,989.69 down 5.99
1) As part of its restructuring plan, HP announced they will cut about 7,000 to 9,000 jobs, resulting in an estimated savings of about $1 billion dollars. While HP expects to incur labor and non-labor cost of about $1 billion dollars, they expect to generate at lease $3 billion dollars of free cash flow. As of 31 October 2018, HP had world wide employment of about 55,000 workers.
2) Consumer spending has been the bright spot in an economy showing signs of weakening on multiple fronts, in particular manufacturing. Economists worry if consumer spending will continue to prop up the economy, saying that the up coming Christmas season will be a test. Issues such as trade, interest rates, global risk factors and political rhetoric are where confidence can be eroded by deterioration of these items.
3) The new Costco in Shanghai China reports membership of more than 200,000 as compared to an American average of 68,000 per store. Costco will open a second Shanghai location in early 2021. The first day opening, the store was so swamped with customers, that the doors had to be closed for four hours to limit the number of people inside to safe limits.
4) Stock market closings for – 4 OCT 19:
Dow 26,573.72 up 372.68 Nasdaq 7,982.47 up 110.21 S&P 500 2,952.01 up 41.38
1) Estimates for National Employment Report forecast 140,000 new jobs, but private employers added just 102,000. This compares to 41,000 new jobs for the pervious month. This report comes ahead of the U.S. Labor Departments’s more comprehensive non-farm payrolls which includes both public and private sector employment.
2) Renown former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, the man who put the Mustang in Ford’s lineup, has died at 94. Mr. Iacocca is also noted for creating the minivan and Chrysler K-cars in his 32 year career in Detroit. He’s best noted for his turn around of Chrysler corporation when in 1979 the company was floundering with $5 billion dollar debt turning out gas guzzler cars that people didn’t want. To save the company, he secured $1.5 billion dollar loan guarantees from the Federal Government which kept the company afloat until new fuel efficient cars could be produced.
3) The U.S. trade deficient surges to a five month high in May as imports of goods increased with businesses building up stock supplies to avoid tariffs. The trade deficit increased 8.4% to $55.5 billion dollars. The widening trade deficit adds to weak housing, manufacturing, business investment and slow consumer spending which may spell a lowering of the American economy. The trade deficit may be further aggravated with the suspension of Boeing’s 737 MAX deliveries.
4) Stock market closings for- 3 JUL 19: Stocks surged up on news of new U.S.- China talks.
Dow 26,966.00 up 179.32 Nasdaq 8,170.23 up 61.14 S&P 500 2,995.82 up 22.81
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
1) China releases data showing a further slowdown of their economy, with consumer spending retreating as people buy less. They reduced their forecast for their 2019 GDP.
2) The British parliament voted to reject the Brexit plan by 432 to 202. With just ten weeks before Britain exits the EU, concerns for the British economy are growing. Britain exits the EU on 29th of March, with the exit agreement having taken two and a half years to negociate. Prime Minister May’s future is in doubt with an upcoming no confidence vote likely soon.
3) It’s estimated there is a 0.1% drop in the economy for every week of government shutdown. Job expansion is threaten as workers are dropped off the payrolls.
4) 15 JAN 19 Stock market closings: Netflix pushed the markets up with their announcement they are raising their rates.
Dow 24,065.59 up 155.75 Nasdaq 7,023.83 up 117.92 S&P 500 2,610.30 up 27.69