1) Boeing aircraft has not received any new orders for their 737 MAX in six months. This could give Boeing’s competitor Airbus a major market advantage having made 389 commercial plane deliveries in the same six months, making Airbus the largest supplier of this market segment with its A320 design. The grounding of the 737 MAX has forced Boeing to park completed aircraft to await its air worthiness to be restored.
2) Signs of inflation are increasing as U.S. consumer prices increased broadly in July. Expectations are for the Federal Reserve to again cut interest rates next month as much as half a percentage point in September. Continue trade tensions between China and America out weight fears of inflation so interest rates will continue to remain low, if not go lower.
3) Fears grow that protests in Hong Kong, which have persisted for the last two months, could have a lasting detrimental effect on U.S. and global markets. Hong Kong operates with a high degree of autonomy from China, having its own currency and judiciary system. This is fueling the rising concerns of investors of a major violent eruption of conflict between Hong Kong and main line China, coupled with concerns over U.S. – China trade war and the total impact on the world markets. With Hong Kong a financial hub, an invasion by Chinese troops with sever repressive measures on the people could disrupt other markets across the world. Furthermore, violence with loss of life could make it impossible for President Trump to resolve differences with China.
4) Stock market closings for – 13 AUG 19:
Dow 26,279.91 up 382.20 Nasdaq 8,016.36 up 152.95 S&P 500 2,926.32 up 43.23
1) General Electric suffered a loss last quarter despite two previous profitable quarters, a result of the restructuring cost of its electric power division and the grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX. GE provides the jet engines used on the 737, which Boeing has reduced production of. The grounding of Boeing has drained off more cash than expected, but General Electric forecast a profitable year for 2019.
2) President Trump has fulfilled his campaign promise to lower drug prices by creating a pathway to allow Americans to legally and safely import lower cost prescription drugs from Canada. This reverses the opposition from federal health authorities, despite the public outcry over high prices for drugs in America. It’s uncertain when imports can start as the plan has to go through the time consuming regulatory approval and possible court challenges from drug makers. The opening of the door for cheaper drugs and keeping it open still faces an up hill battle with the political organizations of the pharmaceutical industry.
3) In an effort to keep the American economy on track, the Federal Reserve has reduced the benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to about 2.25%. This is a modest and widely expected move intended to keep the economy healthy in face of the trade war with China and the slowing economic growth overseas. In addition, the feds signaled that the cental bank is ready to make more cuts to stimulate the economy if necessary. A higher interest rate makes for a stronger dollar, a disadvantage for international trade. Wall Street anticipates as many as three more cuts this year, while in addition to the rate reduction, the feds will stop selling off assets this August, two months earlier than expected.
4) Stock market closings for – 31 JUL 19:
Dow 26,864.27 down 333.75 Nasdaq 8,175.42 down 98.19 S&P 500 2,980.38 down 32.80
1) Tesla, the manufacture of all-electric automobiles, has suffered a worse than expected loss. Additionally, there has been another major management shakeup, all of which is casting doubts on the future of the unique automaker. While Tesla delivered a record number of cars in its second quarter, its stock dropped 14% with a loss of $1.12 per share. Nevertheless, Tesla has opened twenty-five new stores and service centers.
2) Concerns grow that the trade tensions may be pushing U.S. economic growth downwards. Fears that the gross domestic product figures due out this Friday will show business investment has weakened. Additional factors stem from slow global growth and falling oil prices. The gains in jobs and wages are preventing growth from sinking. It’s anticipated that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates by a quarter point to check softening of the economy.
3) Nissan, the world automobile manufacture, has announced the layoff of 12,500 employees worldwide, or about 10% of its work force. Nissan is striving to rein in the costs increases incurred during the former CEO Carlos Ghosn tenure and alleged financial misconduct. Japan’s number two automaker has suffered a collapse in its quarterly profits, a result of sluggish sales and rising cost. This is another indication of the world’s depressed auto market with other renowned automakers like Ford suffering similar major financial problems.
4) Stock market closings for – 25 JUL 19:
Dow 27,140.98 down 128.99 Nasdaq 8,238.54 down 82.96 S&P 500 3,003.67 down 15.89
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) Consumer spending increased in May as well as prices creeping up too. Both point to a slowing economic growth and benign inflation pressures. These two facts gives the Federal Reserve more reason to cut interest rates next month. Inflation is under the 2% target for this year with a projected 1.5% verses 1.8% originally expected. Consumer spending is about two thirds the U.S. economy.
2) Consumerism is changing fast, with a push to ‘no cashier checkouts’. Amazon Go stores are pushing the technology where sales payment is made automatically just by picking out items and walking out the door. E-commerce and on-line shopping continue their assault on traditional brick and mortar stores. Another strategy is showrooms in place of stores that allow the customer to try out products prior to purchasing them. Finally, drone delivery allows getting your purchases at home in less time than it takes to drive to and from a store. All these new technologies are coming together with increased profits by reducing labor cost.
3) The weekly jobless claims has increased more than expected, although there is no sign of significant layoffs as the economy slows down. Unemployment claims were 227,000 up by 10,000. The economy is slowing with manufacturing sliding down and the trade deficient widening as consumer confidence ebbs.
4) Stock market closings for- 28 JUN 19: Results from bank stress test edged markets up. Best June performance since 1938.
Dow 26,599.96 up 73.38 Nasdaq 8,006.24 up 38.49 S&P 500 2,941.76 up 16.84
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
We’rrreeeeeeee back new episode of the EFR Podcast with your hosts Businessman Bassey (Sammy BE) @Ecofiretv, James Lyman @ObsoletePeople (finally getting a twitter handle), and on the engineering boards Jon “The Don” Sterling @TheDramaBlock.
trio discussed the tax season in the U.S. of A, month of April, as well
as topics ranging from President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns,
American citizen having to pay taxes (or if you don’t want to, face the
penalty & consequences), @ YOUR OWN RISK, of course.
as topics, such as Herman Cain & Stephen Moore possibly being
nominated for the prestigious Federal Reserve Board; then both gentlemen
dropping out from the nomination process; and plenty of more economic,
financial and business discussion topics…..
1) The $9 trillion dollar business of financing global trade has become vulnerable to forgers who are so adept at faking documents used by banks that it has become necessary to go paperless. This means going digital which will also make the financing process more efficient.
2) The just purchased newspaper, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, has laid off its entire staff of 161 workers including 65 reporters and editors. Their competitor, the New Orleans Advocate who purchased them, will publish a daily paper using the names of both brands.
3) Two Federal Reserve policymakers have voice concerns about weak inflation. Some bankers see weak inflation as a growing case for a future interest rate cut, even though others are pushing for continued patience.
4) 3 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,504.95 up 197.16 Nasdaq 8,164.00 up 127.22 S&P 500 2,945.64 up 28.12
President Trump is set to nominate Herman Cain for the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Herman Cain was a former presidential candidate in 2012. He also served as chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Board. His business background includes being the President/CEO of Godfather Pizza, CEO of National Restaurant Association, and being on boards such as Nabisco, Whirlpool, & Reader’s Digest.
Mr. Cain to be on the Fed Board, would have to pass an extensive background check and Senate confirmation process.-SB
1) The arrest of a top Chinese executive of Huawei, a major Chinese high technology company, caused world markets, including the Dow, to fall. The Dow dropped 777 points before news that the Feds planned to slow down on increasing the interest rate was announced.
2) Research finds that millennials don’t have the money to spend that previous generations had. The assumption has been a shift in spending habits, but with a millennial male making $6,600 dollars less than 1978 men, it appears they just don’t have the disposable income. Working women haven’t made up the difference, opening the question about the future viability of our hyper-consumerism economy.
3) The EPA is expected to rollback back emission standards allowing coal fire powerplants to operate again without having to remove the carbon dioxide from burning coal.
4) 6 DEC 18 Stock market closings:
Dow 24,947.67 down 79.40
Nasdaq 7,188.26 up 29.83
S&P 500 2,695.95 down 4.11