1) Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft is stepping down from the company’s board of directors, which makes it the biggest boardroom departure in the tech industry, since the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs. Additionally, Mr. Gates is vacating his board seat at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., intending to devote his time to his philanthropic efforts. He will continue serving as a technical advisor to Microsoft.
2) Oil prices climbed up 5% on the announcement by President Trump that the Department of Energy would purchase crude for the nations’ strategic petroleum reserve. The objective is to boost oil prices to keep shale producers in business, because oil needs to be $40 or more a barrel to break even, depending on the particulars of an oil field. The shale oil companies are further in trouble because they are carrying a high debt level. Shale oil production is very capital intensive and therefore very sensitive to oil prices if companies aren’t to go bankrupt. Some suggest that the Russians engineered the rupture of the Saudi Arabia – Russian agreement to limit production levels as a means to cripple the U.S. shale oil production and thereby make America dependent on foreign oil again.
3) President Trump and the Congress have agreed on several provisions of a package, but have been far apart on others. Their discussions center on ways to minimize the economic impact of the coronavirus fears. One point is to ensure that every American can receive a virus test without consideration of money.
4) Stock market closings for – 13 MAR 20:
Dow 23,185.62 up 1985.00 Nasdaq 7,874.88 up 673.07 S&P 500 2,711.02 up 230.38 10 Year Yield: up at 0.95% Oil: up at $32.93
1) The drug maker Moderna Inc. has shipped its first batch of coronavirus vaccine to U.S. government researchers for human testing. The government will test if the experimental shot can help suppress the epidemic that originated in China. Test are expected to start by the end of April on 20 to 25 healthy volunteers to see if two doses are safe and can induce an immune response that protects against infection. Using the virus’ genetic sequence, Moderna was able to make a fast response in developing a vaccine.
2) The United States Supreme Court has ruled on a decade long legal battle against Apple. The decision against Apple leaves the company open to paying $440 million dollars to the technology licensing company VirnetX for violations of its patents. The legal battle has been on going since 2010 for violations of VirnetX four patents. With the ruling against Apple, the case will be sent back to the district court in Texas to enforce the $440 million damages.
3) Canada’s oil sands industry may have built its last big mine. The cancellation of Teck Resources Ltd.’s Frontier project in northen Alberta, which was expected to produce more crude than OPEC member Gabon, has seen most of it’s foreign investors fall out. Other proposed mines may not be able to clear the hurdles that foil the Frontier project, thus ending an era of mega-projects that had made Canada the largest importer of crude to the United States. The dropping of crude oil prices has had a detrimental effect on the industry.
4) Stock market closings for – 24 FEB 20: The Dow closes down 1,000 points wiping out a year’s gains.
Dow 27,960.80 down 1031.61 Nasdaq 9,221.28 down 355.31 S&P 500 3,225.89 down 111.86
1) The Permian Basin continues to experience difficulties producing oil, becoming increasingly gassy as drilling slows down. This undercuts profits for producers at a time when investors are demanding better returns. The region has long been plagued with a massive glut of gas which crude producers must sometimes pay to have hauled away or burn in the open air. This problem is intensifying as wells age and fewer new wells are drilled.
2) Oil prices rise to a three month high because of optimism on supply. The stage is set for the biggest monthly gain in almost a year on speculation that supplies are shrinking. Prices are up almost 12% for this month and are now higher since the mid-September high. The U.S. stockpiles have dropped 7.9 million barrels this last week, while Russia cut their crude output with a reduction of 240,000 barrels a day for December. Oil has surged about 36% for this year.
3) American retailers continue to struggle while some are actually thriving. The once giant Sears has fallen into bankruptcy having closed over 3,000 stores. Other major retailers in decline are Blockbuster Video, Radioshack, Victoria’s Secret, the Gap, JCPenny, Toys R Us and Borders Books. Retailers such as TJ Maxx, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Costco and Ross have flourished in the peril waters of American consumerism.
4) Stock market closings for – 26 DEC 19:
Dow 28,621.39 up 105.94 Nasdaq 9,022.39 up 69.51 S&P 500 3,239.91 up 16.53
10 Year Yield: down at 1.90%
Oil: up at $61.68
1) There are expectations that global growth will slow this year to a rate that can become a financial crisis. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development claims new data showing the US-China trade dispute is increasingly threatening the outlook of the two largest economies as well as others. Furthermore, the uncertainty from the Brexit and a possible crash out would further aggravate economic growth in the European sector.
2) Saudi Arabia is avoiding a global oil crisis by using the crude it holds in reserve until production can be fully restored. The Saudi’s claim necessary repairs will be completed in two to three weeks, thus restoring production levels prior to the attack. However, oil experts are skeptical that these repairs can be done in such a short period of time. This uncertainty is due in part from Saudi Arabia’s lack of transparence of their oil operations.
3) Good news for home owners, sales of used homes rose to its highest in more than a year, with the median price up 4.7% from last year to $278,200. This home sale bonanza is fueled in part by the low interest rates now available and by income gains. However, there are fears of a global economic slow down darkening this rosy picture in the near future. Presently, it would take 4.1 months to sell all the available houses, with realtors considering anything below a five month supply a tight market.
4) Stock market closings for – 19 SEP 19:
Dow 27,094.79 down 52.29 Nasdaq 8,182.88 up 5.49 S&P 500 3,006.79 up 0.06
The stock market reacted wildly Friday October 28, 2016. New revelations on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails, sent the markets on a roller coaster Friday. FBI Director James Comey announced to Congress that the FBI would be investigating more leaked emails; which were discovered when investigating former Congressman Anthony Weiner (Huma Abedin’s separated and estranged husband).
The emails are said to be in the tens of thousands and the FBI is staking the lead in the investigation. Director Comey has indicated he does not know how long the investigation will take and if there is any fraudulent activity within regards to the email, what is noticed is that the financial markets did not react well to the news at all.
All markets (Dow, S&P, Nasdaq, & Crude) ended in red by the end of the trading day. More info to be revealed hopefully sooner then later….. TO BE CONTINUED….-SB
Opec may soon be curbing oil prices, after releasing extensive amounts of oil for the past two years, without limitations. Opec is negotiating with Iran other body members about placing a cap on production, and perhaps reducing production to what it was in the first quarter of 2016.
Saudi Arabia and Opec members have been pumping out almost 34 million barrels a day, this has led US output to increase 11% from previous. Opec is assumed to take some type of action before the end of the year, exactly what transitioning may take place; no description has been presented yet to the media.
There is some speculation that the Saudi led Opec will take on some reduction of the output, maybe before the end of the year. It makes no sense to have increased oil output, when the Saudi’s have already retained the market share, the so called “oil war crusade” with the western oil companies and distributors should be neutralized. -SB
Wall Street gained today heavily because of rallying support of crude oil prices and energy stocks that attributed to enormous rise. The Dow erased loses that occurred from the first two months of the year.
Traders were delighted when oil prices closed over $40/barrel which signal a good sign for commodities. Energy sector had great highlights today as it closed up on several fronts. The Federal Reserve left rates unchanged and this brought about a bullish signal to investors.
In all today was a productive day for the markets and it was glaringly noticed by all markets.-SB
Saudi Arabia has been shortening its dependence on crude prices, even though they have been increasing the production of oil. Saudi Arabia’s budget for next year adheres to 70% of crude revenue.
The Saudi Arabia budget is the first budget in approximately a decade in which oil prices are less then $50/barrel. The truth of the matter is that the Saudi government is ready to face the reality of a declining of oil revenue an d so they have formatted their budget to be indicative of this. -SB
President Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria) has asked the state run oil corporation to review contracts and agreements, with the trading of oil crude products.
It has been indicated that the Nigerian govt is losing money on a vast array of the oil contracts be traded and manipulated. Buhari govt is seeking to overhaul the oil industry in Nigerian, and re regulate what has been costly to the nation and government in loss of revenues, in the hundreds of millions.
It has been speculated that President Buhari will end the subsidies that have led to fraudlent oil activities in Nigeria. -SB
Opec has indicated that the demand for oil will rise the latter year of 2015. This is indication by Opec is noted because they stated that they are winning the war on oil prices. Opec has been targeting the United States in oil prices as US oil shale producers have been succeeding driving the prices of oil downward. Opec believes this will eventually change in the coming months, as many shale producers are deteriorating and going out of business, because of limited production.
The shale production in the US has levied Saudi Arabia from becoming the U.S. partner to eventually becoming the United States main competitor. In 2015 the majority of oil growth seems to be coming from Asia, countries such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand seem to be leading the way in oil demand…-SB