1) For the sixth straight month of a gold buying spree, China continues to add to it’s gold reserves under the protracted trade war. China added 58 tons of gold to its reserves in the five months to April, then added 15.86 tons in May. At this rate China could buy as much as 150 tons of gold in 2019, as they diversify away from the U.S. dollar.
2) The retailer giant Amazon has opened a second cashier-free store in New York, which makes the thirteenth ‘Amazon Go’ store to open in America. The convenience robot store is about 1,700 square feet with Amazon announcing its fourteenth store will open in San Francisco. By 2021, Amazon may open as many as 3,000 of these robot retailing stores which threaten other retailers like 7-Eleven shops, CVS and Walgreens.
3) Ten state attorney generals plan to jointly file a lawsuit to stop the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. The $26 billion dollar merger will reduce the number of nationwide wireless carriers to three. So far, the deal has won the backing of the majority of the FCC, which makes the Federal Government in favor of the move.
4) Stock market closings for 11 JUN 19:
Dow 26,048.51 down 14.17 Nasdaq 7,822.57 down 0.60 S&P 500 2,885.72 down 1.01
1) Amazon announced it is shutting down its store in China, and instead will focus on cross boarder global sales to China. Amazon cited the high competition in China from local companies, with 80% coming from Alibaba, the giant Chinese online retailer.
2) The magazine National Enquirer is being sold for $100 million dollars, along with two sister publications to reduce the $355 million dollar debt of the holding company AMI. National Enquirer sales have dropped by half over the last four years.
3) Sprint, the wireless carrier, has revealed they are not as strong a performer as the public had been lead to believe. In a proposed merger with T-Mobile, Sprint had to make full disclosure with regulators, disclosing that many of their added new connections were actually free lines.
4) 18 APR 19 Stock market closings:
Dow 26,559.54 up 110.00 Nasdaq 7,998.06 up 1.98 S&P 500 2,905.03 up 4.58
It seems that two cell phone providers are seeking to merge in a global partnership. It has been noted that T-Mobile and Sprint are mergering to form a super cell phone network; which will then in place only bring about three top cell phone providers internationally.
The new company will be called T-Mobile. The deal is worth around $26.5 billion and values estimates the alliance to be worth around $150 billion after completion.
The merger can expect tough regulatory hearings on the formation of the partnership, especially by Chairman Ajit’s FCC, and select congressional committees.
Many analysts see the merger approving between 50%-60%, in passing regulatory approval. They also indicate the stakes are higher for Sprint then they are for T-Mobile, for regulatory approval. -SB