1) The ever present problem of growing student debt is being aggravated by the ever rising cost of college. This rise in cost is fueled by decreasing funding by governments, a lack of cost controls by college administrations and an emphases on plush facilities instead of real education support.
2) Manufacturing shrank in August for the first time since August 2016. The manufacturing index slid to 49.1 from 51.2 in July, where an index below 50 signals a contraction. Production declined by 1.3 percent while employment fell by 4.3 percent with new orders falling by 3.6 percent. With the trade war increasing the cost of Chinese manufactured imports, it would be expected that American manufacturing would be increasing.
3) The United Auto Workers union is targeting GM for contract talks, with the UAW approving a strike. The UAW represents nearly 150,000 hourly workers at Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler with 96% of it’s workers OKing a strike. Leaders of the UAW are under investigation for corruption by the FBI who have conducted raids on key leadership members recently for mis use of monies. The union is angry at GM for layoffs and the closing of plants, plus production plants in Mexico.
4) Stock market closings for – 3 SEP 19:
Dow 26,118.02 down 285.26 Nasdaq 7,874.16 down 88.72 S&P 500 2,906.27 down 20.19
1) The electric car company Tesla Inc is being sued claiming the company limited battery range of its older vehicles using software updates. The alleged intent was for Tesla to avoid costly fixes to defective batteries. The lawsuit is seeking class action status for thousands of Model S and X owners. The suit claims that older generation batteries had their range curtailed by an automatic software update. As a result of a battery fire, Tesla claims they are revising charge and thermal management settings via the software to further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.
2) The Chinese-American trade war hasn’t been bad for all nations, other nations are experiencing increase trade as a result of the war. Australia is the biggest beneficiary with exports to China of natural resources. Second is Switzerland, the third is Mexico which has replaced China as U.S. largest exporter. Fourth is Brazil who is benefitting from agricultural export to China and the fifth is Canada.
3) Malaysia is expanding its efforts to prosecute seventeen Goldman Sachs executives, who were allegedly involved in misleading investors in a $6.5 billion dollar bond sale. The bonds were for the state investment fund, 1 Malaysia Development Bhd or 1MDB. Charges include executives knowing that funds would be siphon off so Malaysia is also seeking to recoup funds and fees.
4) Stock market closings for – 9 AUG 19:
Dow 26,287.44 down 90.75 Nasdaq 7,959.14 down 80.02 S&P 500 2,918.65 down 19.44
1) Mexico has become America’s largest trading partner as a result of the U.S. – China trade war. For the first half of 2019, trade between America and Mexico was $309 billion dollars worth of goods, just over 15% of all U.S. trade. In comparison, trade with Canada was $306 billion dollars and China at $271 billion dollars. Trade with Mexico has been steadily rising for several decades, while trade with Canada has historically been high it’s always been flat.
2) A battle may be developing between Amazon and FedEx over handling packages, because of surging e-commerce shipments. With their ground delivery deal ending, FedEx is deepening its pullback from Amazon. The ending of two delivery contracts with Amazon means FedEx will have to seek out new major customers for lost sales while Amazon will now depend more on the U.S. Postal Service and UPS. FedEx is seeking to serve major e-commerce companies such as WalMart as the one-day delivery service for e-commerce heats up.
3) Lift, the internet based ride sharing rival to Uber may become profitable sooner than anyone had predicted. It’s growth is accelerating faster than anticipated, which clears the path to profitability. Some are speculating that 2019 might be Lift’s ‘peak loss’ year with losses being less than 2018. Wall Street is acting positive over the news with Lift’s stock rising from an overnight boost of 4%.
4) Stock market closings for – 9 AUG 19:
Dow 26,378.19 up 371.12 Nasdaq 8,039.16 up 176.33 S&P 500 2,938.09 up 54.11
1) The rife between China and America stands to grow deeper with less chance of resolving relationships, with China threatening a hit list of ‘unreliable’ foreign firms. These are individuals and groups who they consider harm the interest of Chinese companies. The threat is retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods imported into China. These last two weeks have been a war of words as the nations exchange economic threats.
2) Chicago based nursing home chain collapses leaving the federal government on the hook for millions of dollars. First sign was when the owners stop making mortgage payments in 2014. Reportedly, money meant for the thirteen nursing homes were diverted to prop up another investment. This failure is revealing the problems that HUD is having in helping obtain facilities for the elderly by providing affordable loans.
3) Trade wars may expand again with threats by President Trump to impost a 5% tariff on goods imported from Mexico, if Mexico doesn’t do more to stop the flow of illegal immigrates. Tariffs are due to start on 10 June, and will increase in 5% increments until the flow halts. This is coming at a time when more Mexican immigrates are returning to Mexico than are coming, highlighting that the immigration is from other South American countries.
4) 31 MAY 19 Stock market closings: Oil prices sink toward worst May in 7 years from trade war fears.
Dow 24,815.04 down 354.84 Nasdaq 7,453.15 down 114.57 S&P 500 2,752.06 down 36.80
1) Tomato prices could raise 40% from U.S. withdrawing from trade pact with Mexico, called the Tomato Suspension Agreement which expires this Tuesday. This will trigger duties of more than 17% on tomatoes coming from Mexico. Tomatoes from Mexico are selling below domestic production cost.
2) The Dow Jones slid down 648 points, before rising to 473 points on closing, over news that America will impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods late this week. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 also experienced similar significant drops over fears of a full blown trade war with a down turn in global growth and a drop in China’s GDP.
3) Analyst say that a breakdown in the semiconductor field is a warning sign that a trade war with China is coming. This industry is more sensitive to U.S. – Chinese trade tensions. Watch the Philadelphia Semiconductors SOX index, for if the index falls below about the 1,430 level, that indicates trouble.
4) 7 MAY 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 25,965.09 down 473.39 Nasdaq 7,963.76 down 159.53 S&P 500 2,884.05 down 48.42
United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry applauded Mexico’s incoming administration for ending gasoline and diesel imports. The imports come directly from the United States and the effects will prove profitable for Mexico, long term.
Mr. Lopez Labrador, Mexico’s incoming President, has indicated he was would end foreign imports to Mexico within the next 3 years. Refiners in the U.S. have invested billions of capital in Mexico and it has been prosperous for both countries.
Energy trading between United States and Mexico has been advantageous between both countries. -SB
Mexico has imposed tariffs on American imports such as pork, apples, grapes, cheese and steel. This is in connection to the tariffs President Trump imposed on steel and aluminum, which affects NAFTA countries Mexico and Canada.
The effects will alter the relationship on NAFTA; one which President Trump has already expressed is in unfair to American workers. He has stated he either wants to renegotiate a fair agreement amongst the NAFTA countries (USA, Canada, Mexico) or independently negotiate with Canada and Mexico, as separate individual countries. Mexico and Canada have both denounced such a proposal by Trump.
This is coming at a critical time for NAFTA, as Mexico gears for presidential elections on July 1, 2018 and US congressional midterm elections are in November 2018. -SB
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
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board along with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan have teamed up in investing capital in IDEAL, a Latin American infrastructure/building conglomerate. The partnership combined exceeds 1.35 billion. It said to be one of the biggest projects in Mexico as far as infrastructure and road development. Billionaire investor Carlos Slim own a major stake in the company.
The partnership seems to be beneficial for both parties as IDEAL was seeking funding and the pension funds were seeking to invest their funds in projects that would have logistical impact in Latin America and in Canada. IDEAL trades on the Mexican stock market, and has offices all over Latin America as expands its business and structural model in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. -SB
AT&T beat analysts expectations Wednesday, when their reported company earnings came out, beating analysts expectations of $.62 cents a share. Revenue from the company came in at $32.57 billion. It seems that the first quarter for AT&T was a productive year for the telecom giant, and its subsidiaries.
AT&T is the #2 wireless carrier and they are gearing up for their acquisition in DirecTv. The acquisition is supposed to be completed by the second quarter of 2015, if all goes well by federal regulators and federal proceedings. AT&T has already acquired NII Holdings in January 2015, parent company of Nextel Mexico for a reported $1.88 billion dollars. The deal is to give AT&T an extra three million subscribers in Mexico terrain. -SB