1) A crew of three astronauts went into space aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster. Not since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 has America launched humans into orbit from American, to docked with the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon carried an international assembly of astronauts, three Americans and one Japanese, who are expected to spend the next six months in the station. The launch is another milestone in the commercialization of space. Previously, NASA was purchasing flights on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft but with SpaceX, NASA will save about $25 million per seat.
2) There are growing fears that tourism may not fully recover in New York city until 2025, another result of the coronavirus pandemic. New York city may only get one-third as many visitors as it did last year, a city that is one of the world’s most popular destinations. Forecasters predict that tourism will not fully rebound for at least four years, where in recent years tourism has been a vital part of the city’s economy, that supports hundreds of thousands of workers from hotels to restaurants to Broadway. New York had a record 66.6 million visitors in 2019 and drew $46 billion dollars in annual spending. The collapse of tourism has been a key reason that New York’s economy has been hit harder than most other major American cities. The city’s unemployment rate is 14.1 percent, more than double the national rate.
3) Experts predict that Boeing’s 737 MAX debacle could be the most expensive corporate blunder ever. The 20-month grounding of the 737 MAX could end very soon, but Boeing’s mounting costs have soared to tens of billions of dollars, which may rank among the most expensive corporate mistakes in history. Financially, Boeing continues to pay a high cost to ensure the safety of future 737 MAX passengers, with about $20 billion dollars in direct costs from the grounding, then $8.6 billion dollars in compensation to customers, $5 billion for costs of production, and $6.3 billion for increased costs of the 737 MAX program. Also, Boeing is spending $600 million for jet storage, pilot training and software updates that are not included in the company’s overall cost estimate. Finally, the company has established a $100 million dollar victim compensation fund, which also is not included in Boeing’s $20 billion dollars in estimated costs. Not included is the cost of legal liability which may add another $500 million. Boeing has had to borrow billions of dollars at a roughly 5% interest rate adding more money to be paid out over the 737 MAX. There is also the cost of opportunity lost from the lost of sales with 448 canceled orders for the MAX this year, compared with only nine for its other models. In addition Boeing has dropped another 782 orders from its backlog of orders believed to be no longer certain enough to rely on. In at least some cases those uncertain plane orders are jets airline customers have said they no longer want.
4) Stock market closings for – 18 NOV 20:
Dow 29,438.42 down by 344.93 Nasdaq 11,801.60 down by 97.74 S&P 500 3,567.79 down by 41.74
1) China has announced a 50% cut in its tariffs on $75 billion dollars worth of imports from America. This is in response to last months U.S. tariff cuts on $120 billion dollars on China imports to America. This is all part of the ‘phase one’ trade deal between China and the U.S. to normalize trade between the two nations.
2) The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have approved a regulatory exemption for Nuro’s next generation of self driving delivery vehicles they call R2. This exemption will allow testing on public roads for deliveries to customer’s homes. The R2 is a zero occupant vehicle. After public road testing, Nuro will begin the first driverless deliveries in Houston with partners Walmar and Domino’s.
3) The internet retail giant Amazon will hire 15,000 new employees in Seattle to work in a new 43 story tower now being planned, with construction expected to be completed by 2024. Amazon now has 789,000 workers in the world, a 23% increase from a year ago. Amazon has also expanded in New York City by leasing 335,000 square feet of office space, and in northen Virginia’s Crystal City they’re building a second headquarters.
4) Stock market closings for – 6 FEB 20: All three markets set record highs as fears of coronavirus fears subside.
Dow 29,379.77 up 88.92 Nasdaq 9,572.15 up 63.47 S&P 500 3,345.78 up 11.09
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, will be unveiling tax proposals and tax plans that will aim at wealthy Americans.
Mr. Bloomberg will be instituting a five percent surtax to incomes of five million and more, while also increasing the capital gains, and corporate gains.
Mr. Bloomberg wants to expand healthcare, public housing, education and infrastructure. The tax plans outlined by Mayor Bloomberg indicates that it could raise over $5 trillion dollars, in over a decade. Estimates have projected to go up and down depending on how reliant the calculations are.
Bloomberg’s plan would bring back the personal income tax to 39.6% (currently reduced to 37%). Capital gains on personal income over $1 million dollars would be tax, and 5% surtax on incomes over $5 million dollar, while also changing the estate tax as well. Corporate taxes will increase from 21% to 28%. -SB
It looks as if Google will be investing in NYC for the long term. The search engine giant, is closing in on a lucrative $2.4 billion dollar real estate building, as an addition to its New York City portfolio.
Axios the online web publication reports that the deal seems to be “the priciest single handed real estate transaction on a building, in the history of New York City”. The building happens to be across the street from Google’s current campus facility, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
Google is not the only online mega company who has its sights on New York City, in early fall September 2017 specifically, Amazon indicated a long term economic contract with NYC, and NYS, to lease properties in the west end of Manhattan, and the borough of Staten Island, for the creation and hiring of 2,000 plus new Amazon employees. -SB
It seems that Uber and Lyft are crushing the competition in the customer service ride share industry, if that is even an industry to say the least; these two mega companies created and infiltrated ride share customer service. While they are in the forefront of picking up customers through their online apps, taxis and cabs in metro areas like NYC, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, LA, San Francisco are taking hits and seeing major declines in customer pick ups.
Taxi and cabs are increasingly losing value as the ride share tech giants are taking over the industry, revenue for cabs have gone done drastically even though cabs pickup more people in metro areas such as New York City, statistics show in NYC, taxis in the city picked 450k-500k passengers in April 2016 as compared to Lyft’s & Uber’s 200k passengers combined according to stats provided by Morgan’s Stanley. Though taxis and cabs picked up more people during that time period; their revenue did not come close to what Uber/Lyft made during that month of April.
It looks like Lyft and Uber are giving cab/taxis a run for the their money, or at least “a ride for their money”. -SB