1) The $800 billion dollar trucking industry is in a slowdown as retailers and manufacturers are shipping less. Freight rates have declined for the last six months with the spot market dropping 62.5% for May verses last year. Already, a few major trucking firms have gone bankrupt, with one laying off 550 employees. Even the major trucking companies FedEx, UPS and J.B. Hunt have experienced declines sparking fears of a slowdown of the economy.
2) Harley-Davidson is making good its promise to build more motorcycles outside the United States by partnering with China’s Qianjiang Motorcycle to produce smaller motorcycles. The new bike will have a 338 cubic centimeter engine verses the 601 cc engine for its domestic motorcycles. Harley-Davidson is trying to boost its overseas sales as its domestic market shrinks.
3) Expectations for future global growth and corporate profits have shrank as investor confidence continues to decline amid the trade war. Concerns of an economic slowdown further fuel fears of investors for the demise of global growth, despite America’s stock market now trading near its record high. Global profit expectations fell by the second largest amount on record. The giant retailer Walmart announced they will be laying off nearly 600 employees later this year.
4) Stock market closings for- 19 JUN 19:
Dow 26,504.00 up 38.46 Nasdaq 7,987.32 up 33.44 S&P 500 2,926.46 up 8.71
1) Traditional retail stores, who have been suffering the ravages of e-commerce, are worried about another coming blow. The new tariffs on Chinese imports, which President Trump threatens to impost, could have a disastrous effect on retailers such as Walmart and Target. These next round of tariffs will be specific to consumer goods, which these retailers sell, and will start to force price increases and so most likely will result in decline of sales revenue.
2) While President Trump has been pressing for a cut in the interest rate, the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to defer and leave the interest rates unchanged. However, the board may possibly lay the groundwork for a rate cut later this year. While the economic outlook has become less clear, there still isn’t sufficient indication of a slow down to warrant cutting interest rates yet.
3) The Pfizer pharmaceutical company is buying Array BioPharma for $10.6 billion dollars for a price 62% above the company’s closing price this last Friday. Pfizer will gain medical technology for new drugs to treat cancer that limit or suppress the effects of chemotherapy. The drugs target a mutation that’s found across many tumor types in those patients who carry the mutation. Two of Array BioPharma drugs have been FDA approved for use in advanced melanoma. There are other drugs which are in the development pipeline.
4) Stock market closings for- 17 JUN 19:
Dow 26,112.53 up 22.92 Nasdaq 7,845.02 up 48.37 S&P 500 2,889.67 up 2.69
1) Years of slow economic progress, where the South nearly reach equality with northen and western neighbors, has reversed. Since 2009, the South’s growth in output and wages has slowed so the South is now receding compared with the rest of America. The twin forces of automation and globalization have wiped out millions of factory jobs where the lower wages and taxes were instrumental in the South drawing those businesses. The net result is the South’s economy is falling behind.
2) The discount retailer chain Costco announced they will be raising prices, stating the tariffs on China as the reason. Costco joins other retailers such as Walmart, Target and Macy in having to raise prices to consumers. There are fears that the wave of retail store closures will further increase as consumers retract from their spending habits.
3) Presidential candidate’s promise of free college to alleviate the growing student debt problem is facing problems of implementation. Low income students need more than just free tuition for gaining a college degree, and therefore the presidential plans will aid those who least need the financial help. The tuition accounts for half or less of college expenses. Presently, student debt stands at $1.6 trillion dollar, where presently 20 to 25% of new college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.
4) Stock market closings for 10 JUN 19:
Dow 26,062.68 up 78.74 Nasdaq 7,823.17 up 81.07 S&P 500 2,886.73 up 13.39
1) Oil prices dropped liked a brick in its worst day of trading in 2019, the result of jitters over trade with China. The price of oil serves as a barometer to the world economic outlook, with a slowing of the world economy translating into a lesser demand for oil and therefore lower oil prices. The situation is aggravated by a surprise jump in American crude stockpile, with inventories up by 4.7 million barrels. The stock market reflected the world economic situation by massive drops too.
2) Panasonic electronics is joining a growing list of firms distancing themselves from Huawei, by stopping their supplying of some electronic parts to Huawei. Companies are declining to do business with Huawei because of warnings from U.S. intelligence that Huawei presences a security risk with their new 5G technology, which will allow the Chinese military to use smart phones to gather foreign intelligence.
3) President Trump announced $16 billion dollars in farm aid to offset the losses by farmers in the ten month long trade war. Distribution of aid payments will be based on where they farm rather than what crops they till. Farmers were a key constituency that help bring victory to President Trump, and they have been the hardest hit from the trade wars with China. China used to import 60% of U.S. soy bean production.
4) 23 May 19 Stock market closings: Dow tumbles 400 points as trade war worries continue.
Dow 25,490.47 down 286.14 Nasdaq 7,628.28 down 122.56 S&P 500 2,822.24 down 34.03
1) British Steel, Britain’s second biggest steel maker, collapsed on Wednesday. This leaves 5,000 jobs directly at risk, while also threatening another 20,000 at suppliers. The company had been seeking a $95 million dollar loan to cover losses suffered because of European orders lost from the uncertainty of Brexit. European steel manufactures have been under pressure from Chinese steel manufactures, with Europe taking antidumping measures against China.
2) The collapse of airline Wow Air is having a detrimental effect on Iceland’s economy. The airline had turn tourism into Iceland’s major economic boom which pulled Iceland out of its financial collapse over a decade ago. In addition, Iceland has suffered a disastrous fishing season. With Wow Air out of business, tourism is expected to drop dramatically.
3) The Dollar General store chain is making its millions of profit via catering to those in the lower economic strata. About 57% of Dollar General’s customers come from households of less than $49,000 yearly income, with 30% less than $25,000. The company has been able to sidestep the recent meltdown of retailing that has ravaged other big retailers, despite having a minimum of e-commerce.
4) 22 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,776.61 down 100.72 Nasdaq 7,750.84 down 34.88 S&P 500 2,856.27 down 8.09
Financial investment power house Goldman Sach (GS); is in negotiations to aquire B&B Hotels and all its subsidiary chains. They will be acquiring the chain from PAI Partners (French hospitality investment firm).
The purchase will happen in the latter part of 2019. The deal is supposed to be worth around $2.2 billion (USD). B&B Hotels has over 486 hotels (in total). The company was founded in 1990 and operates in the hospitality market in countries such as Brazil, Morrocco, and many Euro countries.
GS merchant banking division will be pursuing the close of the transaction, which is supposedly going to happen later this year (2019). -SB
1) The worst case for China in the trade war is slow growth, rising debt with companies exiting. If China’s growth should tumble, her debt would surge resulting in foreign companies fleeing a worsening business environment. The escalating economic clash with America is exacerbating the existing economic jitters across the world.
2) In the worsening trade war China, the largest owner of US debt, is selling off it’s Treasury holdings at the fastest rate in the last two years. China holds $1.12 trillion dollars, or about 7% of America’s total debt. China has been threatening to either not buy additional Treasury bonds or even selling off its holdings in retaliation for US actions in the trade war.
3) Pinterest Inc. stock has dropped more than 15% after it released its first earnings report. This is just twenty trading days after their IPO (Initial Public Offering). Pinterest explained the earnings drop as a result that the reported period was before the IPO, plus an increase in cost as a result of hiring of new employees.
4) 16 MAY 19 Stock market closings: Third day of across the board of stock rises.
Dow 25,862.68 up 214.66 Nasdaq 7,898.05 up 75.90 S&P 500 2,876.32 up 25.36
1) Fears of climate change is causing some retired seniors to pull up and move out of Florida, which for many years has drawn the ‘sixty plus year olds’ demographics for a life of peaceful retirement with its low cost of living, no income tax and nice warm weather. But the threat of hurricane damage from flooding and rising sea levels is also making the associated insurance cost soar, in turn causing retirees to reconsider and move more inland, the result some are claiming from global warming.
2) Losses from the flooding in Nebraska is estimated to be over one billion dollars with more flooding forecasted. But even worst is the anticipated impact on farmers. Last year, 19% of Nebraskan farms filed for bankruptcy, and many more are now anticipated to file as the consequence of the flooding pushes more farmers under.
3) The Feds have elected to not raise interest rates again this year, expecting an economic slowdown ahead. There isn’t any need to guard against inflation coupled with indicators of slower growth from household spending and business fixed investment. The GDP was 2.1% instead of the expected 2.3%.
4) 20 MAR 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,745.67 down 141.71 Nasdaq 7,728.97 up 5.02 S&P 500 2,824.23 down 8.34
1) British farmers and produce workers divided over how Brexit could effect trade. Produce imports comes mostly from European Union and many of the produce workers in Britain are foreign. There are just 32 days left until Brexit automatically happens.
2) Rwanda is being courted by invertors amidst booming economic growth. The government is stable with 7% growth last year and 7.8% growth expected this next year. With the $2 billion dollars invested so far, there are now thousands of new jobs.
3) Fears of sub-prime mortgages could cause another 2007 bubble bust which then caused the 2008 economic crash world wide. Presently, 21% of those sub-prime mortgages are five years without payment because the word got out that mortgage companies were not foreclosing.
4) 25 FEB 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,091.95 up 60.14 Nasdaq 7,554.46 up 26.91 S&P 500 2,796.11 up 3.44
1) Amazon’s retail sales was lower than expected for the fourth quarter, although their other operations kept profits up.
2) The collapse of Sears just might be the start of a retail apocalypse. As more retailers became troubled, it may signal consumerism is slumping. Even strong retailers had a lackluster Christmas, more economist are fearing a coming recession and more retailers will be in trouble if economic growth slows.
3) Brexit has already spawned economic damages. The largest EU banks are moving out or planning to move in the near future. Britain’s Pound has fallen 10% against the Euro resulting in reduced purchasing power for the British people. There are many other sectors adversely effected.
4) 1 FEB 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,063.89 up 64.22 Nasdaq 7,263.87 down 17.87 S&P 500 2,706.53 up 2.43