13 October 2020

1) More bad news for the airline business with another expected huge round of losses coming. The second quarter was the worst financial hit in the history of the airline business, and the third quarter won’t be much better. The airlines reported a second quarter combined losses of $12 billion dollars with revenues down 86% for the previous year. Analysts are forecasting a $10 billion dollar lost for the third quarter. The airlines did reduce cost by trimming expenditures, reducing labor as employees took buyouts and early retirement packages. Also, a modest pickup in travel during the summer has help with increased revenues, but forecast are for sales to be down 75% in the third quarter.

2) Oil prices fell the most in a week because the Gulf of Mexico production is set to resume and Libya is reopening its largest oil field. The hurricane had shut down about 92% of oil production in the Gulf, while at the same time Libya’s largest field will reach its daily capacity of almost 300,000 barrels in ten days. World demand for oil crude has dropped with refineries operating near minimum capacity.

3) The third major opioid makers Mallinckrodt Pic has become the third major manufacture of opioid to go bankrupt after being swamped by claims with respect to profiting from the U.S. opioid epidemic. The drug company filed for Chapter 11 after getting creditors and claimants to agree on a restructuring plan. This plan hands over ownership to bondholders, wipes out shareholders and sets aside $1.6 billion dollars to resolve all its opioid litigation. Current shareholders will most likely get nothing, with stock prices in the penny range for most of the year. The Chapter 11 filing estimates liabilities of $1 billion to $10 billion dollars and assets in the same range.

4) Stock market closings for – 12 OCT 20:

Dow 28,837.52 up 250.62
Nasdaq 11,876.26 up 296.32
S&P 500 3,534.22 up 57.09

10 Year Yield: unchanged at 0.78%

Oil: down at $39.44

24 January 2020

1) After two friendly attempts to merge with HP, Xerox is launching a hostile takeover bid. Xerox will nominate eleven new directors to replace all of HP board members, thus leaving Xerox in control of the company. HP claims that Xerox’s proposal significantly undervalues HP and creates risk for the HP shareholders, while Xerox claims combining the similar companies will create significant cost savings.

2) The number of claims for unemployment benefits for mid January rose slightly, but layoffs remain near a fifty year low. There are no signs of the strongest U.S. labor market in decades deteriorating. The number of people actually collecting unemployment benefits has fallen by a small amount. The U.S. economy is still growing but at a slower rate.

3) Fair Isaac Corp. announced changes on their scoring of consumer credit, the making of their FICO score. Soon, they will start scoring consumers with rising debt levels and those who fall behind on loan payments with lower scores. The changes will create a bigger gap between consumers considered good and bad credit risks. Also, scores are considering bank account balances and utilities payments. The new FICO changes reflect a shift in U.S. lenders’ confidence in the economy.

4) Stock market closings for – 23 JAN 20:

Dow              29,160.09    down    26.18
Nasdaq           9,402.48          up    18.71
S&P 500          3,325.54          up      3.79

10 Year Yield:    down   at    1.74%

Oil:    down   at    $55.66

22 November 2019

1) After HP rejected Xerox’s offer of $22 per share, Xerox is now threatening to go hostile with its $33.5 billion dollar buyout if HP does not agree to a friendly discussion before November the 25 th. Goldman Sachs & Co. set a $14 target price , the median price target on HP stock by 15 analysts is $20. HP had rejected Xerox first offer considering the combined companies would be saddled with outsized debt, and therefore not in the best interest of the shareholders.

2) The world economy is predicted to expand just 2.9% next year. The global economy is stuck in a rut which it wont exit unless governments revolutionize policies and how they invest, rather than just hope for a cyclical upswing. The biggest concern is that the deterioration of the outlook continues unabated, reflecting unaddressed structural changes. The risk of further escalation of world tensions is a serious concern.

3) General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are embroiled in a law suit with GM alleging that fiat Chrysler got an unfair business advantage by bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union. The suit alleges racketeering by paying millions in bribes to get concessions and gain advantages in three labor agreements with the UAW union. Details of the racketeering have been exposed in a federal probe of corruption in the union which resulted in multiple arrests starting in 2017.

4) Stock market closings for – 21 NOV 19:

Dow             27,766.29    down    54.80
Nasdaq          8,506.21    down    20.52
S&P 500         3,103.54    down      4.92

10 Year Yield:    up   at    1.77%

Oil:    unchanged   at    $57.09

19 November 2019

1) The bond trading has gone from zero to $88 billion dollars in two years because of technology enabled portfolio trading that brings the same speed to the bond market as for stock traders. Bond trading used to take hours of pen and paper work, but now the same thing only requires seconds to do electronically. Most trades are between $100 million and $200 million dollars. The rate of change in the bond market these last few years has been stunning.

2) The struggling company WeWorks announced it plans to lay off at least 4,000 people, roughly one third of its 12,500 work force, a part of its five year plan for recovery from near bankruptcy. But some analyst WeWorks financial troubles come form its failed IPO (Initial Public Offering) in September which left the company with massive losses of $1.25 billion dollars.

3) The board of directors for HP has unanimously rejected the take over bid from Xerox, which they considers significantly undervalues HP and therefore isn’t in the best interest of its shareholders. The board also had concerns about the impact of outsize debt which could devalue the merged company. News has sent stocks for both companies down. HP does recognize the potential benefits of consolidation and therefore remains open to exploring future mergers. Both companies are in the process of cost cutting programs with HP laying off up to 9,000 workers.

4) Stock market closings for – 18 NOV 19:

Dow                 28,036.22    up    31.33 
Nasdaq              8,549.94    up       9.11
S&P 500             3,122.03    up       1.57

10 Year Yield:    down   at    1.81%

Oil:    down   at    $56.94

JEFF BEZOS WEALTHIEST PERSON ON EARTH EVER……

By: Economic & Finance Report

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world ever. He has amassed a net worth of $105 million dollars (as of Monday, January 8, 2018).

Mr. Bezos has accumulated alot of his wealth amassing a diversified portfolio, which includes majority ownership stakes in Amazon; a company he created, Whole Foods, & Washington Post, just to name a few. -SB

FORMER MICROSOFT CEO… INVESTS 4% STAKE IN TWITTER…$800 MILLION STAKE….

Steve Ballmer pic

By: Economic & Finance Report

Former Microsoft executive CEO and current Los Angeles Clippers NBA team owner, Steve Ballmer has invested in social media giant,  Twitter #TWTR… His 4% stake is valued around $800 million, and leads him to be the #3 individual stakeholder in the company, overtaking more stake in the company then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

With the announcement, Twitter’s stock rose over 5% on Friday, @ $31.34 by the closing stock bell. Mr. Ballmer net worth is over $21 billion dollars in 2015, making him the 35th richest person in the world. Twitter has indicated recently that it will be laying off employees; somewhere around 8-10% of their workforce will be downsizing. -SB

POTENTIAL BUYOUT DEAL…. SAMSUNG TALKS TO BLACKBERRY… MAJOR MOVES….

blackberry vs Samsung

BY: ECONOMIC & FINANCE REPORT

Potential gossip talks, suggest that Samsung is eyeing Blackberry for 7-8 billion dollar buyout. Executives from both sides met last week about this latest mobile technology acquisition.

Executives from Blackberry believe though for the deal to actually go through the # over $7 billion has to be initiated… Blackberry believes the company’s value is way more then the $7 billion dollars offered by any company, and they have turned down many deals within that price range as well.

The deal could come under scrutiny from investors, shareholders, and US regulators alike… Blackberry investors and shareholders deem the deal to be unreasonably too low an offer as indicated, and regulators would deem the deal doomed because Samsung does not have majority control as far as price shares in the company. So there are philosophical differences on all sides.

Though, we do not know all details of such a merger between both companies, and if it would even pan out, Samsung and Blackberry have engaged in a security pact between each other, which originated this past November. The security partnership aligns Blackberry’s security platform with Samsung’s security software…

-SB