Mark Herding, CFP®, CMFC, LUTCF
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Mark Herding, CFP®, CMFC, LUTCF
Financial and Economic Brief - July 3, 2019
• Stocks Steady amid Threatened Tariffs - Stocks were steady today after the U.S. threatened a new wave of tariffs on European goods, dulling recent optimism surrounding the U.S.-China trade truce.
• GE in Decline - GE's (GE) stock decline, down by nearly two-thirds since the end of 2016, has knocked the company down to the 59th most valuable in the S&P 500.
• OPEC, Allies Extend Supply Cut - OPEC and its allies agreed to extend oil output cuts until 3/20, seeking to prop up the price of crude as the global economy weakens and U.S. production soars.
Financial and Economic Brief - June 4, 2019
• U.S. Stock Market Futures Fall - U.S. stock index futures fell Monday, after the China and U.S. trade relationship “intensified” over the weekend.
• U.S. Inflation Ticks Up - U.S. consumer prices increased in April, which could support the Fed’s contention that recent low inflation readings were temporary and allow the Fed to keep interest rates unchanged for a while.
• Factory Activity Slows - An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China raised fears of a global economic downturn and put pressure on policymakers to roll out more stimulus.
Financial and Economic Brief - May 8, 2019
• Trump Threatens 25% Tariff Hike - Currently, the 10% tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports has been a “nuisance”, with many US businesses absorbing the cost.
• Job Openings Rise Sharply - U.S. job openings rebounded sharply in March, while the pace of hiring was level, pointing to a growing worker shortage that could slow employment growth this year.
• Digital Ad Revenue over $100 Billion - A new report says internet advertising revenues in the U.S. totaled $107.5 billion in 2018.
Financial and Economic Brief - April 2, 2019
• Economic Growth, Slowing - Consumer spending rebounded less than expected in January and incomes rose modestly in February, suggesting the economy is losing momentum.
• U.S. Crude Hits High - U.S. crude oil hits a 2019 high and Brent crude gained a dollar after tight supply and positive signs for the global economy drove the largest Q1 gains for both benchmarks in nearly a decade.
• Factories Stockpile for Brexit - UK factories stockpiled goods for Brexit at a surprisingly high rate last month, increasing manufacturing growth to a 13-month high.
Financial and Economic Brief - March 6, 2019
• Construction Spending Falls - The U.S. construction spending fell 0.6% in December as investment in both private and public projects dropped, indicating that the economy “lost momentum” at the end of 2018.
• China Cutting Taxes and Increasing Lending - China is trying to shore up its slowing economy through billions of dollars in planned tax cuts and infrastructure spending.
• GE On Decline - GE’s (GE) stock is down by nearly two-thirds since the end of 2016 and the company has fallen to the 59th most valuable in the S&P 500.
Financial and Economic Brief - February 5, 2019
• Fed “Pauses” Tightening - The financial markets are concerned about a slowing economy, and the Fed chairman has sought to reassure investors.
• General Motors Cuts Jobs - General Motors is expected to start its next round of white-collar job cuts this week, but there are fewer staff reductions left to make than were anticipated.
• Ultimate Software Agrees to Buyout - Ultimate Software Group Inc., a cloud-based human resources applications developer, said on Monday it agreed to be bought by an investor group for about $11 billion.