The stock market got a nasty surprise on Monday. The Chinese government allowed their currency, the yuan, to sink below seven to the dollar (meaning higher than seven). The Chinese Fed, known as the PBOC, had been defending that level vigilantly for a long time. That’s over with, and it’s a big deal. Let me […]
If the markets weren’t so focused on the trade war with China, then most of the focus would likely be on interest rates. Of course, the trade war has an impact on interest rates, although it’s not a cut and dry connection. In a nutshell, tariffs could hurt domestic economic numbers, which could certainly factor […]
I’m at the MoneyShow in Las Vegas this week and it’s obvious that interest in options trading is growing by leaps and bounds. Every year, the crowd keeps getting larger. Plus, I notice more sessions and classes about options each time I come. It always makes me happy to see the growing interest in options […]
Can the Fed cause a market crash? In 2017 Fed Chair Janet Yellen reassured us: “Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? …. That would be going too far but I do think we’re much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don’t believe it will […]
Throughout U.S. corporate history, there have been some very memorable company founders such as JP Morgan and Henry Ford. Fast forward a few decades and we have Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I suspect though that history will less kindly remember the current batch of founders including the likes of Travis Kalarick of Uber, John […]
Last week, I told you about how the tone of quarterly earnings conference calls had changed. From a focus on trumpeting the benefits to companies’ bottom lines of the corporate tax cuts Congress passed at the end of 2017, the focus had shifted to the trade war and rising costs. This is especially true with […]
While Wall Street fawns over earnings reports from market darlings such as Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), something else caught my eye this earnings season. That is the fact that the multi-front trade battles are prompting warnings from some of the largest U.S. companies that higher tariffs will squeeze their profit margins, force them to pass on […]
With energy prices falling and an escalating trade battle potentially eroding global GDP, its bad news for this energy infrastructure bellwether.
This Dow Jones mainstay pays a nice dividend… but its sluggish sales and share price struggles offset the payouts. And with earnings set to decline and commodity prices rising and trade tariffs kicking in, it’s an uphill battle.
I like to look for what are called contrarian investments. That is, trades where Wall Street is piled into one side of the ‘boat’. When this happens, the ‘boat’ has a tendency to ‘capsize’ turning into very large profits for taking the opposite side of the trade that Wall Street is on. There are several […]