1) World oil prices dropped sharply with Saudi Arabian source saying that their oil production could be fully back on line within weeks. This is far sooner than was initially assumed by world markets. Production may be back up in as little as two to three weeks. The attacks resulted in the largest single supply disruption in half a century.
2) Economists say the GM (General Motors) strike no longer has the economic impact that they once did. They assert it will take a lengthy shutdown to make a national impact. This is a result of GM’s market share shrinking while its work force is now smaller, in part because of automation. A prolonged strike could impact the economy by disrupting the supply chain effecting other industries. GM has shifted workers health care cost to the UAW (United Auto Workers) union, increasing pressure on the union for a quick settlement.
3) There are expectations that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in two months with another likely cut later this year. The consensus is the feds will drop the interest rate by about a quarter percent in an attempt to starve off the world economic slowdown from reaching America. Job growth has slowed and the index of manufacturing activity shows contraction, increasing fears that a recession will happen in the near future.
4) Stock market closings for – 17 SEP 19:
Dow 27,110.80 up 33.98 Nasdaq 8,186.02 up 32.47 S&P 500 3,005.70 up 7.74
1) The cultivation of marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. generating $10.4 billion dollars in 2018 while supporting an estimated 500,000 jobs by2022. But starting a cannabis business is harder than most small business startups because it’s harder to do basics such as opening a bank account or leasing office space. Startup finance is a major problem since marijuana is still illegal federally.
2) New jobs for June exceeded estimates by economist, with 224,000 compared to 72,000 in May. The jobless rate crept up to 3.7% from a half-century low of 3.6%. Average hourly earnings increased 3.1% less than expect. The high number have brought on fears that the Federal Reserve will forego an interest rate cut for the near future. Despite the good news, the economy still faces trade tensions and possible inflation.
3) As many as 10 million Samsung-Android phones users have been tricked into installing firmware updates, but the software is actually an app that re-directs the user to an ad-filled website that charges for firmware downloads. A fake Samsung app named ‘Updates for Samsung’ is touted as firmware updates. The fake software takes advantage of the difficulties in getting software updates for the Samsung phone. Users complain that the site is loaded with ads making it very difficult to use, plus the app limits download speed to 56 KBS so large updates actually time out. While the app isn’t malware, it is fraudulent and a scam.
4) Stock market closings for- 5 JUL 19:
Dow 26,922.12 down 43.88 Nasdaq 8,161.79 down 8.44 S&P 500 2,990.41 down 5.41
1) Many consider that it is no longer a question if the Fed will cut interest rates, but rather when. With the apparent softening of the job market, many investors firmly believe the Federal Reserve will move to cut interest rates this year possible as soon as this July. The markets bounced up on the expectation.
2) The job numbers are in for May, with job creation slowing dramatically. There were just 75,000 new jobs added to the economy, about 100,000 less than economist expected. Both March and April job numbers were lower than expected leading experts to conclude a downward trend in the American economy is beginning. There are fears that we may see a recession as early as next year.
3) The book seller Barnes & Noble has closed a deal to sell itself to Elliott Management Corp, a hedge fund based in New York. The news sent Barnes & Noble stock surging upward as much as 36%. Like many other retailers, Barnes & Noble has struggled with little success to counter the power house e-commerce giant Amazon. It’s Nook e-book device was a bust, which the company had heavily invested in. Barnes & Noble has 600 brick and mortar retail stores.
4) Stock market closings for 7 JUN 19: The Dow has had its best week since November.
Dow 25,983.94 up 263.28 Nasdaq 7,742.10 up 126.55 S&P 500 2,873.34 up 29.85
1) Uber raised $8.1 billion in it’s IPO (Initial Public Offering), which was priced near the bottom of the range. Uber sold 180 million shares at $45 each, making its listing among the 10 largest U.S. IPOs. This gives Uber a market value of $75.5 billion dollars, however Uber is deeply unprofitable with $3.04 billion dollars in losses last year.
2) Traders wait to see if President Trump hikes tariffs today. U.S. equity futures were little changed this Thursday while traders wait for the midnight deadline when tariffs are scheduled to take effect. These tariffs will be imposed on $200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods. Fears are that market reaction will be severe, which either way the tariffs goes.
3) The U.S. trade deficient has widened to $50 billion dollars in March, up 1.5% from February. Economists had anticipated the U.S. trade deficit to fall, but much of the increase came from higher crude imports.
4) 9 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,828.36 down 138.97 Nasdaq 7,910.59 down 32.73 S&P 500 2,870.72 down 8.70
The Federal Reserve has raised important interest rates because the US economy has increased drastically. This is the second time the FED has raised interest rate benchmarks since 2008. The Fed indicated that next year in 2017, the interest rate will raise again also.
The benchmark had been 0.50%, now with the recent increase the benchmark will be 0.75%. When it comes to low rates, it helps the economy because it provides an environment for growth economically . This in turns allows businesses to borrow to finance deals, products, services, expansion, and leads toward enabling their businesses to take risk in growing their enterprises.
The interest rate being raised was on par to what many analysts and economists predicted, the economy improving as it is these days made sense for the interest rate to increase according to many experts. -SB