2 August 2019

1) Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, is starting a three year, $100 million dollar plan to overhaul its stock trading platform. The project, which is named Atlas, is aimed at the world’s largest quant hedge funds with the intent of shaving milliseconds off trades. The quantitative hedge fund investment has become a cutthroat business as other firms have been winning a larger share of a shrinking pie, and Goldman Sachs realizes they have been falling behind the technology race. They must make a strong effort to push forward the technology of electronic trading to maintain their market position.

2) As trade talks continue in Shanghai between China and America, President Trump has imposed an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports. These imports are due to start on the first of September. This does not include the $250 billion dollars already tariffed at 25%. The President blames the Chinese for imposing the tariff, saying China is not following through their promise to buy more American agricultural products and not doing more to stem sales of synthetic opioid fentanyl.

3) Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer, has told thousands of its workers that their jobs are being eliminated. The company will out source the jobs of maintenance and assembly workers to third party companies. These workers assembly products such as wheelbarrows and grills, claiming this will allow store associates to spend more time on the sales floor serving customers. Lowe’s employs 190,000 full time and 110,000 part time workers.

4) Stock market closings for – 1 AUG 19:

Dow           26,583.42    down    280.85
Nasdaq         8,111.12    down      64.30
S&P 500        2,953.56    down      26.82

10 Year Yield:    down   at    1.89%

Oil:    up   at    $54.49

26 July 2019

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

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.07%

Oil:    down   at    $55.91

17 July 2019

1) Managing Director Christine Lagarde of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) announced her resignation to become the next head of the European Central Bank. Her resignation from the global lender will be effective the twelfth of September. Lagarde’s second five year term as Managing Director of the IMF was not due to end until July 2021.

2) The pizza giant Domino’s Pizza is seeing its business eroded by food-delivery startups. Second quarter financial reports shows Domino’s sales fell short of analyst estimates causing its stock to drop as much as 7%. Services like GrubHub, DorrDash and EuberEats are cutting into Domino’s food-delivery business in recent years, a result of aggressive promotions and discounts, with Domino’s countering by speeding up its delivery time and expanding number of locations.

3) The electronic news magazine ‘60 Minutes’ had an interview this last Sunday with venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee about the future of artificial intelligence and China’s efforts to dominate the emerging AI markets. Mr. Lee estimates that in the next fifteen to twenty-five years about 40% of the jobs will disappear from technology displacement. This is in keeping with the recent Osborne Report forecasting that as much as 47% of the jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. An example is the Navy has mandated that new ship designs must use automation to reduce crew sizes by 20%.

4) Stock market closings for – 16 JUL 19:

Dow               27,335.63    down    23.53
Nasdaq            8,222.80    down    35.39
S&P 500           3,004.04    down    10.26

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.12%

Oil:    down   at    $57.48

IS THERE A GAP BETWEEN JOBS & JOB SEEKERS? STUDY SAYS THERE IS…….

Image Credit: DiscoveryJobNetwork.org

By: Economic & Finance Report

Certain studies have indicated there seems to be disparities between hourly wage jobs and workers who work on the clock hourly. Certain contributions can be urban development in metropolis cities, need for more experienced workers in certain job fields, and growth in urban environments.

In a study by Urban Institute and reported by Yahoo Finance. Affordable housing is hard to come by to hourly wage workers, and gentrification in major metropolis urban areas such as NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, are making it harder for hourly workers to make any sort of living, the Urban Institute provides.

Housing development in major cities tend to be way more in rentals, then in smaller cities or rural areas but conflicting accounts tend to point any one direction? As in regards to the root of the problem. Noone has figured it out yet, whether it’s local politicians to the the developers themselves… Answers have not been provided to address the problem as whole. So this “everybody for themselves mentality” is dictated for survival to many who work hourly wages. -SB

Credit: Urban Institute Study: https://www.urban.org/features/too-far-jobs-spatial-mismatch-and-hourly-workers

Credit: Yahoo Finance News: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nyc-san-francisco-housing-crisis-impacting-job-market-190940308.html

19 March 2019

1) Used aluminum cans are unwanted by scrape metal dealers, because the metal is less desirable for structural aluminum in aircraft and cars. Scrap prices have dropped 30% indicating the economic challenges for recycling.

2) Flooding in Nebraska has left the state nearly paralyzed the flood leaving people isolated and bringing business to a near standstill. It is still too early to assess the economic losses, but it’s expected to be tremendous.

3) Home Depot, the home improvement supplier, is going on a massive hiring spree planning to hire 80,000 new people this spring to staff stores. Positions are both permanent and seasonal part-time jobs. Seasonal jobs can be for as long as 120 days.

4) 18 MAR 19 Stock market closing:

Dow           25,914.10   up   65.23
Nasdaq        7,714.48   up   25.95
S&P 500       2,832.94   up   10.46

10 Year Yield:     up   at    2.60%

Oil:      down   at    $59.02

26 February 2019

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

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.67%

Oil:    down   at    $55.42

7 December 2018

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

10 Year Yield:     down   at   2.88%

Oil:    up   at     $51.52

30 November 2018

1) President Trump goes to G20 conference amid concerns for the near and far future of world economies, as countries are withdrawing into nationalism and protectionism.  While flying to the conference, Trump tweeted his cancellation of meeting Putin because of Russia’s recent aggressive actions against Ukraine.

2) Because of sever shortages of pork, a result of widespread disease in Chinese hog herds, China has resumed buying pork from America despite the trade war.

3) The pharmaceutical company Bayer announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs as a result of the Monsanto takeover.  This action is a result of restructuring because of losing a massive lawsuit over the weedkiller Roundup.

4) 29 NOV 18    Stock market closings:   The three day market rally ends.

Dow                           25,338.84       down          27.59
Nasdaq                        7,273.08       down          18.51
S&P 500                       2,737.76       down            6.03

10 Year Yield:      down   at    3.04%

Oil:         down   at    $51.33

28 November 2018

1) There are reports that Apple stock holds key to end market slide, that the markets can’t turn around until Apple is going up, because the markets are being driven by the tech stocks, and Apple is the lead technology stock.  In the last two months, Apple stock has lost 25% of its value.

2) While home values have continued rising, the gains have shrunk to their lowest amount in the last two years.

3) Economy tiny houses are being offered in Silicon Valley costing $280,000.  The houses are prefabricated units.

4) GM has spent $10 billion dollars in buying back its stock, but then cut jobs to save $4.5 billion dollars.

5) 27 NOV 18      Stock market closings:

Dow                24,748.73     up      108.49
Nasdaq             7,082.70     up          0.85
S&P 500            2,682.17     up          8.72

10 Year Yield:     down    at    3.06%

Oil:     up    at     $52.02

26 November 2018

1) The government released a report on climate change and the adverse effects to be expected.  The US GPD may decline as much as 10% by 2100. It acknowledge that the US is not the only driving force of global warming, as of now, not a single G20 country is meeting their climate targets.  The costs of climate change could reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually, with agriculture predominate where farms may produce 75% less corn and 25% less soybeans.

2) The Dow may drop another 2,000 points before market selling is done.  The US economic growth could be cut in half this next year over fears of consumer demand declining.

3) A family feud threatens Campbell’s dynasty as soup sales tank, with one cousin complaining to another cousin that he didn’t have any confidence in the company management, which precipitated a feud.  Shareholders vote next Thursday, that will determine if Campbell’s will remain a family dynasty.

4) 23 NOV 18    Stock market closings:     Drop in oil prices causes drop in stock markets.

Dow                         24,285.95         down         178.74
Nasdaq                      6,938.98         down            33.27
S&P 500                     2,632.56         down            17.37

10 Year Yield:      down   at    3.05%

Oil:    down   at    $50.39