1) HP’s board has rejected Xerox’s $33 billion dollar takeover bid, for the same reason as Xerox’s previous offer, that the proposal significantly undervalues HP. Xerox first moved to acquire HP in November, but was rejected because HP stock holders would lose much of their value in the company. HP is a 2015 spinoff of giant Hewlett-Packard who has a market value of $300 billion dollars that dwarfs Xerox’s value of 7.7 billion dollars.
2) Mack Trucks, the manufacturer of large commercial trucks, announced plans to layoff 305 employees, which is about 13% of their payroll. After two years of high volumes of production, marked demand has dropped so the company must adapt to the lower demand. There are expectations of the truck market in America being down 30% this next year.
3) The American consumer continues to shun the traditional big department stores. Despite the monster holiday shopping season, America’s biggest department stores still lost money. This is a trend that has been in progress for several years as typified by Sears’ decline. Department stores such as JCPenny, Kohl’s and Macy’s continue to decline with dropping sales and store closings. Consumers are now going to big box stores and the internet commerce to save money, signaling a fundamental change in American consumerism.
4) Stock market closings for – 9 SEP 20:
Dow 28,956.90 up 211.81 Nasdaq 9,203.43 up 74.18 S&P 500 3,274.70 up 21.65
1) The retailer giant Amazon is expanding into the grocery business by leasing retail space across the Los Angeles area, signing leases for more than twelve locations. This is the first step of plans to open grocery stories across the nation. Amazon job postings are looking for people to work in retail concepts for a multiple customer experiences under one roof. Stores are reportedly to be about 35,000 square feet and intended to compete with big box stores such as Walmart, Target and Kroger.
2) The Institute for Supply Management says its manufacturing index dropped to 47.8 last month, the lowest since June 2009, below the forecast 49.1. Indexes below 50 indicate a contraction in manufacturing. Manufacturing accounts for 12% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), so a slowdown could effect other parts of the economy. Other indicators have shown output increased over last month.
3) Oil prices record its weakest quarter since late last year as fears over a global economic slowdown overshadowed the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities. Brent futures are down 8.7% since the end of June, despite the peak after the attacks. The price of oil is considered an economic indicator, since demand goes down as economies slow down, making more oil available, thus causing oil prices to decline.
4) Stock market closings for – 1 OCT 19:
Dow 26,573.04 down 343.79 Nasdaq 7,908.68 down 90.65 S&P 500 2,940.25 down 36.49
1) The mega giant online retailer Amazon is facing more labor problems with a strike of Minnesota warehouse workers on the first day of Amazon’s sales extravaganza. Even though Amazon has committed to pay $15 dollar an hour to all workers, the Minnesota warehouse workers plans a six hour work stoppage on July 15, the first day of Amazon Prime Day sale.
2) Cisco Systems, a major manufacture of networking gear such as servers, announced Tuesday it will acquire Acacia Communications for $2.84 billion dollars. Acacia designs and manufactures high speed optical components and is a supplier of components to Cisco. Cisco is paying $70 per share, which is 46% above Acacia’s Monday closing price.
3) The tourist spaceflight company Virgin Galactic is going public for financing by merging with the investment firm Social Capital Hedosophia. This will infuse $800 million dollars into Virgin Galactic in exchange for 49% of the company. About 600 people have spent $250,000 for a ninety minute suborbital space flight. The company has made test flights to near space and has sent its first passenger up sixty two miles near the edge of space.
4) Stock market closings for- 9 JUL 19:
Dow 26,783.49 down 22.65 Nasdaq 8,141.73 up 43.35 S&P 500 2,979.63 up 3.68
1) The Ford Motor company will eliminate 20% of its European workforce in a sweeping move to overhaul the manufacture’s falling sales. This will entail reducing its manufacturing facilities from 24 down to 18, with England, Germany and Russia the hardest hit. About 12,000 regular, staff and workers at joint ventures will be effected. Predicted deliveries for automobiles is down, as a result of Britain’s uncertainty from Brexit, with Ford’s European sales dropping 8.3% in May.
2) The crypto-currency Bitcoin having moved up over the last eighteen months to $14,000, suddenly drop 16%, down to $11,000. Bitcoin’s all time high was $20,000 reached in December of 2017, and is noted for it’s wild deviations of price over the last few years. Facebook just announced they are coming out with their own crypto-currency which may be a factor in Bitcoin’s sudden drop.
3) The Federal Aviation Administration has announced more safety concerns with Boeing’s 737 MAX just as the aircraft is being evaluated for software fixes designed to correct computer flight control systems. This system was responsible for two recent crashes with the death of all passengers and crew. Boeing’s stock dropped 3% Thursday as a result of added concerns for its star product, which the FAA is now evaluating software fixes with the expectations of finally getting its airliners airborne again. Boeing is presently parking completed 737 MAX aircraft in its car parking lots waiting for approval so they can make deliveries.
4) Stock market closings for- 27 JUN 19:
Dow 26,526.58 down 10.24 Nasdaq 7,967.76 up 57.79 S&P 500 2,924.92 up 11.14