1) Tensions increase in U.S. – China trade war with increasing fears that the war could be long and painful. In response to China’s new tariffs on $60 billion dollars President Trump is threatening to impose additional tariffs on $300 billion dollars worth of imports. While just a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that China and America were close to reaching an agreement, now it seems both sides have dug in their heels.
2) One military contractor is reportedly making 9,400% profit on a replacement part, a half-inch drive pin. This part should have cost $46 but the government is being charged $4,361 each. Legislation is being considered that would give contracting officers the power to demand data that would back-up billings.
3) Tensions are increasing in the middle east with Saudi Arabia claims of a terrorist drone attacks on pipeline pumping stations. The reports caused a surged in oil prices with fears of possible oil shortages if attacks on Saudi’s oil production continue.
4) 14 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,532.05 up 207.06 Nasdaq 7,734.49 up 87.47 S&P 500 2,834.41 up 22.54
1) China has countered U.S. tariffs imposed last Friday with tariffs on $60 billion dollars of U.S. imports to China. About 10 to 15% of America’s import revenues come from China, and while the trade war is high stakes and risky, it’s the only real tool America has to deal with China, because China ignores the world trade organization rulings.
2) Fears are increasing that China may not buy as many U.S. treasury notes as she has in the past, which would force America to increase the prime interest rate. There are even fears that China might not buy any bonds at all, or even start selling off bonds she now holds in retaliation for the tariffs. It’s reported that China is also buying up gold.
3) Boeing aircraft is fearful of being a target for tariff reprisals, who holds substantial orders from China. Apple, who gets 20% of its revenues from China, and Caterpillar are also facing business downturns if China places tariffs on imports of their products.
1) Trump’s tariffs went into effect today, at first driving the markets down, but then they recovered to all close high. Trumps statement that talks with China will continue pushed the markets up, while also leaving open the possibility that the tariffs may be soon removed. The tariffs went from 10% to 25% on $200 billion dollars of Chinese imports.
2) With the new tariffs on China, there are concerns for the U.S. economy and that the threat of an increased trade war between China and U.S. will cause a drop in both China’s and American’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Declines in GDP is not expected to be limited to America and China, but the global GDP could also suffer too.
3) The apparent contraction of consumerism continues with more than 6,200 stores to close this year. For the last couple of years, the retail industry has been rocked by the number of store closures. The list of retailers include such big names as Payless ShoeSource, Family Dollar, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Office Depot and OfficeMax, Kmart, CVS, Pier 1 Imports, Bed and Bath, Lowe’s, JC Penny’s and even Walmart.
4) 10 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,942.37 up 114.01 Nasdaq 7,916.94 up 6.35 S&P 500 2,881.40 up 10.68
1) American trade deficient continues to fall, now down to $49.3 billion dollars. This is a decline of 11.5% from last October’s $55.7 billion dollars. American exports fell, but imports fell even fast to give a net decline of the trade deficient.
2) Daimler has experienced a financial downturn while Toyota’s improved. Daimler’s fourth quarter net profit fell 49% even though revenue is up 7%. Sales are down for their luxury automobiles because of trade wars and bottle necks such as environmental certifications.
3) Boeing Aircraft is being sued for a wildfire that devastated Malibu California. The suit alleges that Boeing was negligent in the management of vegetation which allow the fire to spread. The fire resulted in three deaths, burned 100,000 acres while destroying 1,500 structures.
4) 6 FEB 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,390.30 down 21.22 Nasdaq 7,375.28 down 26.80 S&P 500 2,731.61 down 6.09
Could a possible “trade war” be on the horizon, over Pres. Trump’s aluminum & steel tariffs? It could be the case says economic and international business negotiators.
Many economists have indicated that the tariffs imposed could be detrimental to the US economy, while others believe that the impact is minimal, because the tariffs Trump is planning to issue, will only cost American taxpayers a few cents more on the dollar, to support home grown/home based manufacturers, in the steel and aluminum industries.
Gary Cohen, White House director of the National Economic Council is against imposing a tariff on steel and aluminum, while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro, are for imposing the tariffs on steel and aluminum goods & products. –SB
US trade deficit widened as imported products from China helped to increase the deficit further along. The deficit widened about $ 4 billion dollars (US) from the previous months of May and June 2016. In May 2016 the deficit rose to over $41 billion dollars compared to $37.5 billion in April 2016.
Insiders are calling it one of the biggest, if not the biggest trade imbalances since the beginning of 2016. Computers and cellphones imported from China were the main products that added an increase to the trade deficit.
2016 exports have not faring well because of the strength of the dollar against other currencies. The dollar has become more intuitive as of late and the steam does not seem to be slowing down, analyst predict the dollar to remain strong for the remainder of the year. –SB