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Summary:

  • Latest eurozone inflation reading could suggest a peak has been reached.
  • Eurozone inflation came in at 10% for October.
  • The ECB is expected to raise rates by 0.5 percentage points.

Eurozone inflation may have reached its peak

The European Central Bank (ECB) may be able to switch to smaller interest rate increases next month as a result of the eurozone's inflation declining for the first time in 17 months and suggesting that the largest price spike in a generation has peaked. According to data released by the EU's statistics agency on Wednesday, a slowdown in energy and services prices led inflation in the single currency bloc to fall more than predicted to 10% in November, down from a record 10.6% in October.

Recently, there has been increased optimism that inflation in the eurozone is falling due to a decline in wholesale energy prices in Europe and the alleviation of supply chain bottlenecks. Additionally, US inflation decreased in October, and worldwide data signs

European Indices: Dax (GER 40), FTSE 100 (UK 100) And EuroStoxx 500 Analysed

European Indices: Dax (GER 40), FTSE 100 (UK 100) And EuroStoxx 500 Analysed

Jason Sen Jason Sen 04.03.2022 10:24
Dax 40 shorts at resistance at 14000/100 were the perfectly trade with a high for the day exactly here & a 700 point collapse over night. EuroStoxx 50 MARCH breaks 500 day & 100 week moving average support at 3710/3690. FTSE 100 MARCH looks like it is building a head & shoulders top - with a volatile right shoulder! - UODATE!! the neckline at 7135/25 has been broken for a sell signal - a weekly close below here tonight will confirm the sell signal. Update daily at 07:00 GMT Today's Analysis. Dax shorts at 14100/000 work on the expected break below 13780/750 as we hit my target of 13350/300 before an excellent buying opportunity at 13130/100. Longs need stops below 13000. A weekly close below 13000 is a very important sell signal for the start of next week. Gains are likely to be limited with resistance at 13750/800 & obviously strong resistance at 14000/100. EuroStoxx this time breaks support at the 500 day & 100 week moving average at 3710/3690 for an important sell signal targeting strong support at 3590/70. Longs need stops below 3530. Longs at strong support at 3590/70 can target 3690/3710. FTSE breaks the neck line at 7140/30 for an important longer term sell signal. If prices recover & hold above 7160 we can consider a false break this morning. Bulls need a break above 7190/7200 for a buy signal today. Holding below 7120 targets strong support at 6960/30. To subscribe to this report please visit daytradeideas.co.uk or email jason@daytradeideas.co.uk No representation or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information and opinions expressed may be subject to change without notice. Estimates and projections set forth herein are based on assumptions that may not be correct or otherwise realised. All reports and information are designed for information purposes only and neither the information contained herein nor any opinion expressed is deemed to constitute an offer or invitation to make an offer, to buy or sell any security or any option, futures or other related derivatives.
Stock markets panic after news of fire at Europe’s largest nuclear plant

Stock markets panic after news of fire at Europe’s largest nuclear plant

Walid Koudmani Walid Koudmani 04.03.2022 11:50
While news of the Russia-Ukraine conflict has been in focus for the majority of the last two weeks, investors received alarming news of a fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant which sparked another wave of panic across markets. Risk-off assets such as gold and FX benefited from this while traditionally riskier investments such as stocks saw a significant pullback with the Asian session seeing significant declines as Nikkei dropped 2.2%, S&P/ASX 200 moved almost 0.6% lower and Kospi declined 1.1%. Today’s final trading session in Europe started in a similar way, with the German Dax reaching the lowest level since December 2021 and testing a support area below 13200 points before rebounding slightly as it appears that no damage was sustained by the reactor at the nuclear facility in Ukraine. As investors await today’s key NFP report from the US, which is traditionally one of the most important and followed pieces of macroeconomic data, it appears that focus remains on the escalating conflict which has shaken markets and could continue to do so with a rush away from riskier assets ahead of the weekend in an attempt to weather out any major events which may occur while markets are closed. Gold tests key resistance as risk-off moods dominate markets While we have seen a noticeable increase in volatility across markets, the situation escalated following the news of a fire in Europe’s largest nuclear power plant located in Ukraine which brought significant uncertainty and panic. Stock markets started the day trading lower and reaching the lowest level in several months while traditional safe haven assets appeared to be benefiting from this risk-off sentiment as gold returned to its recently tested high of $1945 after a brief pullback in the last few days. The precious metal remains favored by investors who are attempting to limit their risk exposure as we head into the weekend and ahead of today’s key NFP report from the US, which is expected to show an increase of 440,000 jobs. While Gold was unable recently to break through the resistance area of $1945, any further escalation or major news from the conflict could act as a catalyst and spark a surge of interest for safe haven assets, particularly in the last trading session of the week. UK construction PMI shows highest increase in eight months Today’s construction PMI indicated the fastest rise in construction output for eight months thanks to a marked and accelerated rise in housing activity and with input cost inflation dropping to an 11-month low. Despite news relating to the Russia-Ukraine war remaining in focus, these figures could reassure the Bank of England and lead it to take further action in the near future as consumer confidence shows signs of improvement and as several sectors in the economy continue to recover.
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Russia-Ukraine Conflict - Ceasefire? DAX, FTSE100, CAC40 Gained, EUR Strengthened, USD Weakened. Is Crude Oil Price Likely To Decrease?

Swissquote Bank Swissquote Bank 30.03.2022 10:06
MarketTalk: What’s up today? | Swissquote Risk appetite improved, equities extended rally as talks between Ukraine and Russia hinted at progress, with Russia retreating from Kyiv to concentrate its military efforts in the Donbas region. The de-escalation gave a sigh of relief to investors, although many, including Joe Biden remain skeptical regarding the pullback from Kyiv, that could be ‘limited and tactical’. US crude dived to the 50-DMA yesterday, but that critical support held strong, and the price of a barrel rebounded back above the $105 level. The short-term outlook remains positive and price pullbacks are still seen as interesting dip buying opportunities if the 50-DMA is not cleared. The three major US indices followed up on the European session gains on de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine, but the US 2-year yield caught up, and even briefly surpassed the 10-year yield for the first time since 2019. Rising US yields, and de-escalation in Ukraine weigh on gold prices. But, the curve inversion, nor rising inflation prevent US stock indices from extending gains and the meme stocks are on fire, with GameStop up by 158% in the past two weeks and AMC up by more than 160%. Could the meme craze stretch higher? Yes, it could! Today, the Eurozone flash inflation figures for March start flowing in, and the US will reveal how many private jobs it added in March today. Strong economic data could revive the Fed hawks, push US yields even higher and dampen the mood. Watch the full episode to find out more! Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 0:24 Ukraine: light at the end of the tunnel? 1:50 Equities rally on de-escalation hope 2:49 US crude rebounds from 50-DMA 4:08 US 2-10 year yield inverts briefly 5:10 Rising yields, de-escalation weigh on gold 5:49 US indices, meme stocks defy rising yields 6:41 Bitcoin tests 200-DMA 7:12 Today's macro calendar & latest FX moves Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020.
The (SPX) S&P 500 Price Chart Looks Impressive, But It's Waiting For The Friday's Release

The (SPX) S&P 500 Price Chart Looks Impressive, But It's Waiting For The Friday's Release

Paul Rejczak Paul Rejczak 30.03.2022 15:50
  The S&P 500 index extended its uptrend once again after breaking above the 4,600 level. However, today we will likely see some profit-taking action. The broad stock market index gained 1.23% on Tuesday following its Monday’s gain of 0.7%. Stocks extended their uptrend on a potential Ukraine conflict ceasefire news yesterday. There’s still a lot of geopolitical uncertainty, but investors keep on jumping back into stocks. This morning the index is expected to open 0.3% lower and we may see some short-term profit-taking action. The nearest important resistance level is now at around 4,650-4,700. On the other hand, the support level is at 4,550-4,600, marked by the recent resistance level. The S&P 500 index broke above its January-February local highs along the 4,600 level, as we can see on the daily chart (chart by courtesy of http://stockcharts.com): Futures Contract Remains Above its Upward Trend Line Let’s take a look at the hourly chart of the S&P 500 futures contract. It is trading above the short-term upward trend line and above the 4,600 level. We can see some technical overbought conditions, however, there have been no confirmed negative signals so far. We are maintaining our profitable long position from the 4,340 level. (our premium Stock Trading Alert includes details of our trading position along with the stop-loss and profit target levels) (chart by courtesy of http://tradingview.com): Conclusion The S&P 500 index will likely open 0.3% lower this morning and we may see some short-term profit-taking action. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, there are some clear technical overbought conditions that may lead to a correction. The market will be waiting for Friday’s monthly jobs data release. This morning we’ve got the ADP Non-Farm Employment Change release and it was as expected. Here’s the breakdown: The S&P 500 index further extended its uptrend yesterday, but in the near-term some profit-taking action seems likely. We are maintaining our profitable long position (opened on Feb. 22 at 4,340). We are still expecting some upside from the current levels; however, it is time to get more cautious as there may be a downward correction at some point. Like what you’ve read? Subscribe for our daily newsletter today, and you'll get 7 days of FREE access to our premium daily Stock Trading Alerts as well as our other Alerts. Sign up for the free newsletter today! Thank you. Paul Rejczak,Stock Trading StrategistSunshine Profits: Effective Investments through Diligence and Care * * * * * The information above represents analyses and opinions of Paul Rejczak & Sunshine Profits' associates only. As such, it may prove wrong and be subject to change without notice. At the time of writing, we base our opinions and analyses on facts and data sourced from respective essays and their authors. Although formed on top of careful research and reputably accurate sources, Paul Rejczak and his associates cannot guarantee the reported data's accuracy and thoroughness. The opinions published above neither recommend nor offer any securities transaction. Mr. Rejczak is not a Registered Securities Advisor. By reading his reports you fully agree that he will not be held responsible or liable for any decisions you make regarding any information provided in these reports. Investing, trading and speculation in any financial markets may involve high risk of loss. Paul Rejczak, Sunshine Profits' employees, affiliates as well as their family members may have a short or long position in any securities, including those mentioned in any of the reports or essays, and may make additional purchases and/or sales of those securities without notice.
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GER 40 (DAX) And UK100 (FTSE 100) Morning Analysis - 30/03/22

Jason Sen Jason Sen 30.03.2022 16:14
Dax 40 JUNE finally reaches the target & strong resistance at 14750/850. Shorts need stops above 14950. We just held this level yesterday before a dip to 14780 this morning. FTSE 100 JUNE made another push higher but again there was a pullback in to the close. We have a series of candles on the daily chart with long upper wicks, indicating that there is strong selling pressure at the end of the day. This can be quite a negative signal, but of course does not tell us when the market will turn lower. Update daily by 06:00 GMT Today's Analysis. Dax finally tests strong resistance at 14750/850. Shorts need stops above 14950. A close above here tonight is a (surprising) buy signal targeting 15200/220, perhaps as far as 15400. Shorts at 14750/850 target 14600 & minor support at 14550. We should at least pause here on the downside. If we continue lower look for strong support at 14350/300 for some profit taking. FTSE higher again to the next target of 7510/30 with a high for the day just 11 ticks above. It is possible that we continue to crawl higher & ultimately reach the February high at 7610/30. However I feel the index is running out of steam. First support at 7470/60, with better support at 7430/20. A break lower meets strong support at 7360/40. A bounce from here looks likely, but longs need stops below 7320. To subscribe to this report please visit daytradeideas.co.uk or email jason@daytradeideas.co.uk No representation or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information and opinions expressed may be subject to change without notice. Estimates and projections set forth herein are based on assumptions that may not be correct or otherwise realised. All reports and information are designed for information purposes only and neither the information contained herein nor any opinion expressed is deemed to constitute an offer or invitation to make an offer, to buy or sell any security or any option, futures or other related derivatives.
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A Storm Is Coming! Chinese Stocks Fall (e.g. CSI300, Nikkei), Hawskish Fed Is About To Hunt! S&P 500 And NASDAQ 100 Struggle

Saxo Bank Saxo Bank 25.04.2022 09:12
Equities 2022-04-25 07:00 8 minutes to read Summary:  Global equity markets continued to adjust downward amid of a hawkish U.S. Federal Reserve and the rising likelihood of a much weaker Chinese economy in Q2 as a result of the punitive Covid-related lockdowns. Commodities were down as investors shifted their attention from supply disruption to potentially weaker demand. What’s happening in markets? Asian equities weighed by Friday’s US session and China lockdown.  US indices were down over 2% on Friday as risk off gripped markets that digested Fed’s hawkish tilt. S&P500 (US500.I) was down 2.8% while the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 (USNAS100.I) was down 2.5%, likely to test March lows. Asian equities will get a beating as well, with Japan’s Nikkei (NI225.I) down 1.6% in the morning and Singapore’s STI Index (ES3) in loss of 0.7%. Tech stocks, as well as energy and steel miners were on the backfoot. Read next: By Saxo Bank: COT: Spec buying pauses on China and growth concerns| FXMAG.COM Chinese equities made new lows.   China’s CSI300 Index (000300.I) and Shanghai Stock exchange Composite Index fell below their March 16 intraday lows and closed the morning session down over 4%.  Northbound investment registered a net outflow over RMB4 billion. China Merchants Bank (600036/03968) fell 6.4% in Shanghai and 9.5% in Hong Kong trading following news late last Friday that the bank’s former CEO being investigated by the Chinese authority.  The overall markets in the mainland and Hong Know were pressured by rising worries about the Chinese economy heading for a sharp deceleration in growth in Q2.  Mining and energy stocks were sold off. Hang Seng Index (HSI.I) and Hang Seng TECH Index were both down more than 2%. Crude oil (OILUKJUN22 & OILUSMAY22)  was also down over 2% in Asia amid fresh demand concerns from China with record deaths reported in Shanghai and hints of a spread in Beijing. WTI dropped below $100 and Brent was below $104. Asian energy stocks like Inpex (1605) and Eneos (5020) in Japan or Chinese oil stocks will be on watch. Australia has a public holiday today. Read next: Saxo Market Call: Podcast: China's FX moves supercharging developments| FXMAG.COM Iron ore (SCOA) is having a meltdown.  Iron ore futures were down close to 12% in Singapore to 2-month lows. Rich valuations are coming to haunt, after steel output dropped over 10% in Q1. But key miners Rio Tinto (XXRIO), BHP (BHP) and Vale (VALE) have confirmed their guidance for full-year production. Fortescue Metals (FMG) will be reporting output data on Thursday. Miners and steelmakers will be impacted by this big move in iron ore in the Asian session, so Japan's Nippon Steel (5401) or Kobe Steel (5406) was key to watch. No great news on the state of the UK consumer.  Retail sales are down again in March (minus 1.4% month-over-month). They are still 2.2% above their pre-pandemic level. But the trend is really not looking good. In addition, UK GfK consumer confidence plunged in April more than expected, at minus 38 versus expected minus 33 and previous minus 31. Confiance is only slightly above all-time lows. This is hard to see how the UK economy could avoid at least a modest downturn in the coming months. We believe a 50-basis point interest hike by the Bank of England is now off the table in May. It would have negative ripple effects on the overall economy. Rather good eurozone PMI indicators in April.  The flash PMI data pointed to a pickup in the eurozone growth in April (55.8 versus prior 54.9). This was mostly driven by the service sector. The manufacturing sector fell to a 22-month low mostly due to record inflationary pressures. In Germany, supply issues seriously intensified, pushing the manufacturing sector into a downturn. Finally, the French composite PMI skyrocketed to 57.5 versus 56.3 in March. Both the services and the manufacturing sector experienced strong growth, at 58.8 and 55.4, respectively. Read next: COVID Strikes China Again, Weak Chinese Renminbi (CNY), Accelerating US Dollar (USD)| FXMAG.COM What to consider? Macron’s victory prompted only short-term gains in EUR.  The result of the French elections have taken a key risk off the table. President Emmanuel Macron is projected to win a second term in office after facing his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a runoff election on Sunday. EURUSD popped up to 1.085 at the open in Asia but the rally was fully reversed. ECB President Christine Lagarde gave an interview over the weekend, saying that inflation is a “different beast” between the US and Europe. With Eurozone inflation mainly energy-driven and the labor market not as hot as the US, it is hard to imagine gains in EUR sustaining against the USD. Heavy U.S. Q1 earnings calendar this week.  With Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta, and Apple reporting this week, analysts may have a better about whether margins for mega cap companies in the technology and consumer space can maintain their margins in the new inflation environment. You can refer to Peter Garnry’s note for a more detailed preview. China’s container throughput declined.   According to data from the China Port Association, foreign trade related container throughput fell 4.9% over the period between April 11 and 20, from the same period last year.  It was another sign of weakening exports in April and shed a shadow over China’s GDP growth in Q2.  Secretary Yellen’s favorable comments on China did not cause much excitement.   U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen told Bloomberg that the Biden administration was re-examining its trade strategy with respect to China and considering the benefit of scaling back the Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods to the reduction in U.S. inflation.  She also remarked that she did not think China was undermining the sanctions on Russia.  Read next: Russia-Ukraine War Is Still There. Check The "Equity Basket" Of Saxo Bank's Experts, Which Is Linked With The Circumstances In Europe| FXMAG.COM AUD making new lows in Asia.  Increasing risk off and a decline in iron ore prices is pushing AUDUSD lower to sub-0.7200 levels in Asia. NZDUSD also touched 0.6600 levels but AUDNZD slid below 1.0880. Australia’s Q1 CPI due on Wednesday. Indonesia’s palm oil ban to aid inflation fears.  Indonesia has announced plans to ban all exports of palm oil, which is a key ingredient of cooking oil, packaged food products, cosmetic, and other household items. Indonesia exports almost half of the global palm oil supply, suggesting further risks to Asia and global inflation outlook. Trading ideas to consider Brace for a busy earnings week.  Q1 earnings season shift gear with 558 major earnings releases that will impact sentiment in equity market. It is the big test of companies’ ability to pass on costs to their customers. Focus is on the biggest names such as Microsoft, Alphabet, UPS, Meta, Qualcomm, Boeing, PayPal, Apple, Amazon, Mastercard, Intel, Caterpillar, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron. Markets are in a cautious mode right now, any misses in the key megacaps earnings may mean a further run down to test key levels.  Analysts will examine the results closely to find out if the mega cap companies in the technology and consumer space can maintain their profit margins in the new inflation environment. Interested readers please refer to Peter Garnry’s note for a more detailed preview. Shorting CNHJPY.  The renminbi started its abrupt move to depreciate since April 19 when traders, in particular those in Europe, returned from a holiday, troubled by the underwhelming stimulus actions from the Chinese authorities, persistent lockdowns and deteriorating growth outlook for the Chinese economy.  The move was probably also driven by the misalignment of valuation of renminbi and other Asian currencies, in particular the Japanese Yen, which accounts for 10.8% of the renminbi’s reference basket.  Over the past several session, renminbi’s depreciated more against the Yen which was benefitted from lower commodities prices which in turn was a result of weaker China growth.  We suspect this realignment have more to go.  Interested readers can refer to our note on the renminbi last Friday. Further reopening moves from Singapore and Hong Kong.  Singapore announced further relaxation in Covid restrictions, scrapping predeparture tests for vaccinated travellers and allowing 100% of the workforce back into the office. Hong Kong also started to relax restrictions, opening restaurants for dinner after over two months and allowing non-residents from next months for the first time since 2020. Reopening gains, especially in Singapore are likely to stretch beyond airlines and airport operator to casinos and restaurants, as well as event organizers and mall and office-based REITs. Key economic releases this week: Wed, Apr 27: Australia Q1 inflation Thu, Apr 28: Japan retail sales, Bank of Japan meeting Fri, Apr 29: Eurozone April inflation rate flash, US March PCE index Key earnings to watch: Mon, Apr 25: Activision-Blizzard (ATVI), Coca-Cola (KO) Tue, Apr 26: Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), UPS (UPS), PepsiCo (PEP), General Electric (GE), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), General Motors (GM) Wed, Apr 27: T-Mobile US (TMUS), Boeing (BA), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Ford Motor (F), Meta Platforms (FB), Qualcomm (QCOM) Thu, Apr 28: Caterpillar (CAT), Twitter (TWTR), Comcast (CMCSA), Merck (MRK), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC), PayPal (PYPL) Fri, Apr 29: Exxon Mobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL)   For a global look at markets – tune into our Podcast. 
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Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.04.2022 12:35
Summary: Meta Platform Inc. stock price drops as investors await earnings report. GlaxoSmithKline’s Q1 results should have impressed investors. Meta (FB) stock price falls as investors await earning reports due this evening. The Q1 earnings of Meta announcement is due later today, inlight of this announcement investors sentiment is bearish, especially after the poor Q4 announcements. The guidance for the march quarter was poor as Meta revealed that revenue growth had slowed significantly due to the new Apple privacy rules, which limits Metas ability to target advertisements and measuring the effectiveness of ads. These new rules have Meta assuming a decrease in their revenue for the financial year by around $10 billion. One of Meta’s rival platforms to Instagram and Facebook is Tiktok, Toktok is one of Meta’s biggest competitors which will also lead to decreasing revenues. The price of Metas stock has been on the decline the past week, and since the market opened this morning the FB stock has lost around 3.2% of its value. FB Stock Price Chart GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) delivers favorable earnings results. GlaxoSmithKline announced their Q1 earnings today, which beat market expectations, the earnings were boosted by COVID-19 antibody treatments, in addition GSK saw a recovery in its shingles vaccine sales. Despite these favorable earnings figures the price of GSK is still in the red since the market opened this morning. Sources: Finance.yahoo.com, barrons.com
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Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 05.05.2022 17:04
Summary: What happened to Lyft's share price after their earnings announcements. Negative investor confidence as Lyft intends to spend more cash to attract drivers in Q2.   Read next: WTI Crude Oil Prices Soaring Today Amidst The EU Announcing Their Plans To Ban Russian Oil Imports.    Lyft announced Q1 earnings on Tuesday. After Lyft announced their earnings during the trading day on Tuesday, since then the stock price fell almost 33% during intra-day trading on Wednesday. The company’s earnings mostly surpassed market expectations, with EPS a smaller than expected loss, revenue and EBITDA exceeded the market's expectations. Q2 earnings fall short of analyst expectations. Lyft revealed they were facing a driver shortage and announced they would increase spending in an attempt to attract more drivers to the service. This means that Q2 earnings forecast took a dive, falling short on analyst expectations. Investors are worried whether the road Lyft's management is taking to attract new drivers will derail the company's path to profitability in the future. We have seen over the past month that Lyft’s share price has been gradually falling, the major fall came after the earnings announcements and the company's future plans. Lyft Share Price   Read next: (HOOD) Can Robinhood Recover From Their Q1 Earnings Announcement ?!    Source: Finance.yahoo.com, cnbc.com
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(BTC) Bitcoin’s Price Tanks Along With Equities. U.S. Stock Market Awaits CPI Report, Poor Performance From The FTSE 100.

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 09.05.2022 18:18
Summary: FTSE showing bearish signals in the current market. Future of the US stock market awaiting U.S CPI report due on Wednesday. Bitcoins price fall’s link to the broader market.   Read next: (DOGE) Dogecoin and Musk - How Elon Musk Has Single Handedly Created Price Changes In This Memecoin.    FTSE 100 showing poor performance: The FTSE is the Financial times Stock Exchange listed on the London Stock Exchange. This exchange has tanked more than 2% today, given the size of the exchange, it is a big change. This negative investor sentiment towards the FTSE comes as a result of overall negative investor sentiment after the Bank of England's (BoE) forecast announcements last week. When the BoE delivered an unfavorable announcement for the second quarter of the year, the UK market tanked amidst poor investor confidence in the government's ability to fight against inflation and the looming recession. FTSE 100 Daily Price Chart Future of the US Dollar. Despite the hawkish Fed and the dovish ECB, the market sentiment for this currency pair sits at mixed. Investors are starting to show concerns around where the U.S economy is headed. Concerns around rising prices, inflation, soft corporate earnings growth, the supply chain bottlenecks and the increasing concerns around the looming recession, are all causing investors to hold off on risk. The U.S. stocks have fallen today, with the S&P 500 falling around 2.5% and Nasdaq falling around 3%. Investors will watch in anticipation as the U.S releases their CPI report during the trading day on Wednesday. Investors will look for cooling prices and inflation, if this happens, there could be a relief on the stock market, if not, we could see the stocks fall even more. Bitcoin Price Tanks. The price of Bitcoin has tanked today, hitting its lowest price since July 2021. The reality is that the effects of tightening of monetary policy have been felt throughout all the stock markets, including the cryptocurrency market. Analysts warned investors about the possible drop in the price of Bitcoin if global economic market performance continued to sour. With the price of Bitcoin down more than 6% today the fall comes in line with the tanking global equities amidst geopolitical tensions, supply chain bottlenecks and inflation pressure. BTC Price Chart Sources: dailyfx.com, finance.yahoo.com
Stock Market Showing Signs Of Slight Recovery Amidst U.S CPI Report Release

Stock Market Showing Signs Of Slight Recovery Amidst U.S CPI Report Release

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 11.05.2022 18:05
Summary: S&P 500 has seen 0.72% growth today. The value of (XAUUSD) gold has shown bullish signals in the market today. Read next: Tech Stocks Plunging!? Trade Desk Earnings Announcement Pushes Tech Giant Stock Down, Russian Ruble Strengthening and Ford Motor Co.  S&P 500 is rising during trading today The U.S CPI report which offered an update on price increases across U.S for April was released by the U.S labour department on Wednesday. The report reflected there was some deceleration of inflation figures compared to March, however, the rate of price increases exceeded analyst expectations. The CPI for April decelerated marginally compared to the March figures. The figures represent how far the Fed will have to go in the future regarding tightening monetary policy to fight the rising prices. S&P 500 Price Chart Will Gold rally in the wake of the CPI report? Gold futures have increased in value today, the initial increase came before the CPI report was released by the U.S labor department, and the increase has continued after the release. The lower than expected CPI figures bode well in the favour of the gold prices as uncertainty arises amongst investors on the Fed's next move. With volatility in the stock markets likely to continue, perhaps investors are trying to hedge their bets, driving the price of gold upwards. Gold Futures Jun’22 Read next: (BTC) Bitcoin’s Price Tanks Along With Equities. U.S. Stock Market Awaits CPI Report, Poor Performance From The FTSE 100.  Sources: Finance.yahoo.com
Bitcoin's Volatility Continues: Failed Breakout and Accumulation Signal Positive Outlook

(BTC) Bitcoins Price Crashes, Could The Nasdaq Be In Recovery Mode?, (GBP/USD) Bullish Market Sentiment For The Pound Sterling Against The USD

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 12.05.2022 17:31
Summary: Rising inflation and hawkish reserve banks left investors risk averse. No particular news driving the stock price turn around for the market. Read next: Stock Market Showing Signs Of Slight Recovery Amidst U.S CPI Report Release  Bitcoins prices crashing The price of Bitcoin crashed almost 7% during the trading day on Thursday. The reason for this seems to be the same as what is happening with investors on the wider financial market, investors are turning risk averse and selling off their Bitcoin holdings in the wake of economic insecurity. The current crash is dropped lower than the value during the crash in July 2021. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Polkadot (DOT)? Cross-Chain Transfers Of Any Type Of Asset Or Data. A Deeper Look Into Polkadot Protocol | FXMAG.COM The Fed’s increasing interest rates was an initial driver for investor sentiment to change bearish, the increasing interest rates made it more expensive to make bets on the financial markets. Investors are less confident in the ability of cryptocurrencies to hold their value as regulators battle rising inflation. Bitcoin USD Price Chart GBP likely to weaken further According to dailyfx.com, investors are betting on the Pound Sterling to strengthen against the US Dollar. The information the market has right now is that the UK economy is slowing, and likely to enter into a period of stagflation, this will likely cause the value of the GBP to weaken further. The future value of the GBP is not looking too bright. Nasdaq turns around. The Nasdaq has seen poor market performance during the trading week. However, during trading on Thursday, we have seen the stock price for the Nasdaq turn around. According to finance.yahoo.com, there does not seem to be any particular news driving this stock turn around. Nasdaq Price Chart Read next: Tech Stocks Plunging!? Trade Desk Earnings Announcement Pushes Tech Giant Stock Down, Russian Ruble Strengthening and Ford Motor Co.  Sources: slate.com, poundsterlinglive.com, finance.yahoo.com
GBP: Softer Ahead of CPI Risk Event

(DJIA) Dow Jones Index Rising, Investors Confidence In The Euro Is Looking Bullish As ECB Confirm Interest Rate Increases

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 23.05.2022 21:56
Summary: President Joe Biden's announcement of possible easing of tariffs on goods from China fairing well for U.S stocks. Euro expected to continue strengthening. Read next: Xpeng (XPEV) Earnings Results Cause Share Price To Fall  U.S stocks showing signs of recovery The Dow Jones Index rose almost 2% during the trading day on Monday. U.S stocks recovered on Monday in the wake of investors coming-off a 7 week losing streak. The recovery comes after investors received some fresh-trade related information from the Biden Administration. On Monday President Joe Biden announced that he was considering easing tariffs on Chinese goods due to the belief that the tariffs caused financial harm on consumers and businesses. DJIA Price Chart ECB Interest rate hike is confirmed The Euro exchange rate performed well on Monday thanks to the European Central Bank's president confirming that there will be interest rate hikes in July. The Euro responded well to this information and strengthened against both the US Dollar and the Pound. Leading up to the confirmation of the rising interest rates, the Euro had been strengthening, in the wake of the interest rates being risen, investors believe that the Euro will continue to strengthen. Read next: Altcoins: Ripple Crypto - What Is Ripple (XRP)? Price Of XRP | FXMAG.COM Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News
The Interest Rate Cut Will Not Affect The Ruble (RUB)

(GSPC) SNAP Drags Tech Peers Down With It, The Russian Ruble Outperforms Emerging Currencies

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.05.2022 23:54
Summary: S&P 500 suffers in the wake of market sell-off for tech shares Update on the Russian Ruble Read next: Hawkish ECB Bodes Well For The Euro, UK PMI Data Disappoints (EUR/GBP), Hawkish SNB Offers Swiss Franc Still Support (USD/CHF), AUD/JPY - Good Morning Forex!  S&P 500 price drops The price of the S&P 500 fell more than 0.8% on Tuesday in the wake of Snap Inc. (SNAP) saw its biggest recorded one day drop in price and dragged some of its tech peers along with it. On Monday Wall Street closed in the green for only the 13th time out of 98 trading days this year, Tuesday's price drop builds on the broader negative market sentiment towards equities. S&P 500 Price Chart Russian Ruble The Russian Ruble has been the best performing emerging currency, it has gained around 33% against the US Dollar over the past year. Russia maintains strong trade relationships with India and China, which keeps the Ruble flowing. In addition, Russia continues to supply the European Union with Natural Gas despite the EU’s alliance with the United States against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia managed to find a loophole to get out of servicing its debt, however the loophole ends on May 25th and the Ruble may be in trouble, and Russia may face default. Read next: Snapchat (SNAP) Earnings Forecast Sends Causes Social Media Stocks To Fall  Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com
GBP/USD Analysis: GBP Maintains Growth Momentum, Market Awaits US Inflation Report

FTSE 100 Index Rises Thanks To Shell and BP Stocks, British Pound (GBP) Weakens After Thursday Morning Strengthen

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.05.2022 21:17
Summary: Oil Giants are required to pay more taxes on profits. The BoE is put under more pressure FTSE 100 rises with BP and Shell stocks On Thursday oil giants Shell and BP were informed they would be required to pay 25% extra taxes on their profits from the North Sea. Investors did not seem to lose interest in these stocks despite this news, the share prices of both these companies rose. The Chancellor also announced there would be an extra tax incentive to invest in pumping up more oil and gas. Therefore it is possible that the oil giants can avoid almost their entire tax bill. FTSE 100 Price Chart GBP Weakens after its rally on Thursday morning On Thursday Chancellor Rushi Sunak announced that more than 8 million households would receive a lump sum of GBP650.00 in an attempt to try to fend off the cost of living crisis. The Chancellor also announced there would be a GBP15 billion spending boost. The move will put the Bank of England (BoE) under more pressure going forward, possibly forcing the BoE to raise interest rates even more. The Pound Sterling faces negative market sentiment in the wake of this news as the likelihood of a recession looms closer. Read next: FOMC Meeting Minutes Offer Support To The US Dollar (EUR/USD), Improved Market Attitude Favoured The GBP On Thursday (EUR/GBP, GBP/USD), Market Awaits RBA Monetary Policy  Follow FXMAG.COM on Google News Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Brent hits one-month high! Saudi and Russian cuts supporting recent moves

NASDAQ (IXIC) At Lowest Since September 2020, Bitcoin (BTC) Price Crash

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.06.2022 22:56
Summary: NASDAQ closed almost almost 4.7% down. Bitcoin prices reach lowest seen since december 2020. NASDAQ On Monday the US stock market fell into a bear market, the Nasdaq composite fell almost 4.7% during the trading day, reflecting a level not seen since September 2020. Investor sell-off sentiment is market wide, with the crypto market also tumbling as Bitcoin is more than 17% down. Investors are anxiously awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday as the market awaits the latest policy decision. IXIC Price Chart Bitcoin (BTC) Price sank in overnight trading Bitcoin prices sank in overnight trading, reaching low levels not seen since December 2020 in the wake of rising inflation reducing the demand for the world's largest cryptocurrency. The rising inflation, rising bond yields, the Federal Reserve’s signals of aggressive interest rate hikes and a stronger US Dollar are all factors that have combined in adding downwards pressure on crypto assets. Hence, even amidst wider crypto acceptance from governments all around the world to add or compliment Bitcoin into its national currencies. The price tumble of Bitcoin caused the cryptocurrency lender, Celsius Network to pause withdrawals from its deposit base due to what the group referred to as “extreme market conditions.” Binance quickly followed suit in the Monday session citing a 'stuck transaction' on the world's biggest crypto trading platform. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
S&P 500 Amongst Major Indexes That Are Rising, Markets Are Waiting For Thursdays ECB Policy Decision

S&P 500 Amongst Major Indexes That Are Rising, Markets Are Waiting For Thursdays ECB Policy Decision

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 20.07.2022 23:47
Summary: S&P 500 supported by tech stocks Euro in focus Read next: WTI Crude Oil Prices Are Under Pressure, Coffee Prices Supported By Drier Weather Conditions, Palladium Futures  S&P 500 ends Tuesday in the green The positive earnings from both Tesla and Netflix that were reported on Thursday and Wednesday respectively has offered support to many tech stocks, driving the S&P 500 and other Tech stocks into the green. This move followed a rally on Tuesday that saw an overall increase of 2% across major indexes. Investors will remain focused on the corporate earnings season in the coming days and weeks, which, despite concerns around a global recession, expectations around this earnings season have been almost completely rewritten. S&P 500 Price Chart Euro Stole headlines on Wednesday European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy decision due on Thursday. The Euro is still facing uncertainty regarding high inflation in the Eurozone and how the ECB plans to tackle it, in addition as the Noord Stream 1 opens after its routine maintenance period, there are still concerns as to whether Russia will open the gas taps. The recovery of the Euro against the dollar could be reflecting a possible market inflection point. The Euro has recovered half of its July losses so far, this could mean a turn around against the Dollar for many other major currencies aswell. The Euro stole the headlines on Wednesday as both Bloomberg News and Reuters reported that the market could see an outsized interest rate yield rise from the European Central Bank on Thursday. Sources: FXmag.com, finance.yahoom.com
Robinhood (HOOD) To Be Investigated For Market Manipulation

Robinhood (HOOD) To Be Investigated For Market Manipulation

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 12.08.2022 19:43
Summary: HOOD paused trading during a “meme stock” price surge. Potential for market manipulation. US Judge Ruled To Investigate Robinhood for market manipulation A US judge said on Thursday that trading limits put in place by the stock trading platform Robinhood Markets Inc during the boom in "meme stocks" from the previous year must be investigated for possible market manipulation. GameStop Corp., AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., and seven other stockholders may now move forward with a planned class action lawsuit that claims the restrictions artificially lowered share values, according to U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga's decision in Miami. The retail trading platform was the target of a number of lawsuits after temporarily prohibiting clients from purchasing certain hot stocks in January 2021, including GameStop and AMC. Due to a social media-driven rise that drove the share prices of certain companies to record highs, trading in the impacted equities was subsequently restricted by Robinhood and others, angering retail investors and shaking market confidence. Hedge funds that had bet against the meme stocks suffered significant losses as a result of the volatility. In the decision released on Thursday, the judge rejected Robinhood's move to dismiss several claims that it had manipulated the market by canceling purchase orders, selling off its customers' shares, and closing out options in order to artificially lower the values of the nine stocks. While the restrictions alone would not support a claim of market manipulation, together with "opaque and conflicting statements made to hide its lack of capital" they "evince an intent on the part of Robinhood to artificially depress share prices for its personal benefit," the judge wrote. HOOD Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com
Tesla Does Not Say Much Directly About The Demand Situation, Ally Financial Sees A Slowdown In Car Loans

TESLA (TSLA) 2-for-1 Stock Split Due On 24 August

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 15.08.2022 18:39
Summary: A three-for-one stock split has been announced by Tesla. Teslas stock price will begin trading at a third of its current value. TESLA’s stock split A three-for-one stock split has been announced by Tesla, giving investors something to look forward to this coming week. A "dividend" of two additional shares will be given to Tesla stockholders as of the conclusion of trading on August 24. The Tesla shares will begin trading the following day at the new price, which is a third of its previous value. According to one study, stocks that announce splits often outperform the market over the following 12 months by 16 percentage points. Tesla's shares, which were recently $860, will now cost closer to $285, a significant difference for regular investors. For Tesla, small investors are important. Noninstitutional investors own about 46% of the shares that are available for trade. 15% would be a comparable figure for, let's say, Alphabet. Additionally, stock splits can indicate management's confidence in the future. A firm never splits a stock that it anticipates losing value. Shares of Tesla increased by an astounding 81% between the announcement and the share trading on a new split-adjusted basis the previous time its stock was split—five for one back in August 2020. That repeating is difficult to imagine. First off, the news of this split has been well publicized for several months, and the shares have increased by approximately 25% in the past month and by 40% since their May 52-week low. TSLA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, barrons.com
NZD May Weaken In The Wake Of RBNZ Policy Decison, S&P 500 Retail Index Increased On Tuesday

NZD May Weaken In The Wake Of RBNZ Policy Decison, S&P 500 Retail Index Increased On Tuesday

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 16.08.2022 23:18
Summary: Walmart and Home Depot rose. RBNZ due to give their midweek policy decision. S&P 500 end the trading day in the green The Nasdaq suffered on Tuesday as technology equities fell, weighing on the Dow, while Walmart and Home Depot rose as a result of better-than-expected results and outlooks. Along with the S&P 500 retail index, the consumer discretionary and basics sectors both experienced significant increases. Home Depot outperformed forecasts for the most recent quarter of sales, and Walmart predicted a lesser decline in full-year earnings than was originally anticipated. The 10-year Treasury yield increased, which hurt high-growth firms in the technology sector. Stocks have recovered since mid-June after stumbling for the most of the first half of the year, aided in part by Corporate America's better-than-expected results. Investors are also hopeful that the Federal Reserve will be able to provide a "soft landing" for the economy as it tightens monetary policy and increases interest rates to lower inflation that has been historically high. GSPC Price Chart NZD ahead of the RBNZ policy decision Following the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's (RBNZ) midweek policy update, analysts at investment banks Goldman Sachs and HSBC are watching for NZD depreciation. Markets anticipate that the RBNZ will increase interest rates by another 50 basis points to 3.0%, but any significant changes in the currency are more likely to be caused by the RBNZ's tone in its guidance. "Importantly, we would not be surprised to see slightly more dovish guidance from the RBNZ," says Kamakshya Trivedi, Co-head of Global Foreign Exchange Research at Goldman Sachs. The meeting, according to Goldman Sachs, is expected to be one of the major developments for the foreign exchange markets this week, and the results are most likely to support their bearish NZ Dollar thesis. Their economists continue to be less pessimistic than the market currently is about the trajectory of upcoming RBNZ rate hikes. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Declines At The Close Of The New York Stock Exchange, The Drop Leaders Were Nike Inc Shares

TARGET (TGT) Earnings Miss Analyst Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 17.08.2022 17:55
Summary: TGT share price is falling. Target earnings results missed analysts expectations. TARGET crashes amidst earning expectations miss Target’s share price is over 3.6% down on Wednesday, they earned an adjusted 39 cents per share, which came in well below analysts expectations. These results are in contrast to those of Walmart, however Target was able to maintain full year guidance. “While these inventory actions put significant pressure on our near-term profitability, we’re confident this was the right long-term decision in support of our guests, our team and our business,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive. Sales of $26.04 billion, slightly above expectations, were reported by Target (TGT) for the second quarter. Compared to Wall Street projections of a gain of 2.8%, same-store sales increased by 2.6%. In the second quarter, gross margin decreased from 30.4% to 21.5%. “This year’s gross margin rate reflected higher markdown rates, driven primarily by inventory impairments and actions taken to address lower-than-expected sales in discretionary categories, as well as higher merchandise, inventory shrink, and freight costs,” Target said. Target said current trends support its “prior guidance for full-year revenue growth in the low- to mid-single digit range, and an operating margin rate in a range around 6% in the back half of the year.” TGT Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, barrons.com
Franc Records 11th Consecutive Daily Decline Against the Dollar as US Economic Concerns Mount

Dow Jones 0.5% Down On Wednesday, NZD Rose And Fell In The Wake Of RBNZ August Policy Decision

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 17.08.2022 22:23
Summary: Dow Jones suffered in the wake of the Fed FOMC. RBNZ interest rates are now at 3%. DJI Closed in the red on Wednesday After the Fed minutes were released, the Dow Jones Industrial Average recovered from its lows. After Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (TSLA), made a statement, Manchester United (MANU) regained a crucial level. As Bitcoin declined, so did Coinbase (COIN) and Riot Blockchain (RIOT). There weren't many breakouts among the conflict. Denbury (DEN), an energy play, was able to rise above a buy mark as its relative strength line accelerated. Also monitoring its own entrance is Wesco International (WCC). DJI Price Chart RBNZ pushed interest rates to 3% The market's reaction to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's (RBNZ) August policy update and guidance led to a sell-off of the New Zealand Dollar. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) signaled it will raise interest rates to levels higher than they had previously been expecting. On paper, the RBNZ did everything it could to back NZD bulls: it said that the economy was in good shape, that inflationary pressures were widespread, and that it would continue to raise interest rates. As the RBNZ suggested they will need to raise rates higher than they had previously thought, short-term New Zealand bond yields increased. Two additional rises of 50 basis points are now likely to occur throughout the course of 2022, and a smaller hike may occur in early 2023. The Pound to New Zealand Dollar fell by two thirds of a percent in the 15 minutes following the decision. The drop in the value of the Kiwi dollar may indicate that the market foresaw everything the RBNZ did, allowing investors to quickly shift their focus from domestic factors to international events. We observe that sentiment is low in midweek trading, with equities markets down and commodity prices falling. Even more so than the New Zealand Dollar, the Australian Dollar is also falling; in fact, it is the greatest loser of the day. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, finance.yahoo.com, investors.com
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Crashing In The Wake Of Ryan Cohen Sold His Company Interest

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Crashing In The Wake Of Ryan Cohen Sold His Company Interest

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.08.2022 17:10
Summary: Ryan Cohen pulls out of BBBY. BBBY reported to have financial difficulty. Bed Bath and Beyond Stock Ryan Cohen, a meme stock influencer, is driving down the price of Bed Bath & Beyond. After it was revealed late Thursday that Cohen's RC Ventures sold his entire interest in Bed Bath & Beyond, shares of the severely ailing company plunged 35% at market open on Friday. Cohen, who also serves as the chairman of GameStop, owned around 11.8% of the business. Cohen's departure concludes a wild trading week for a retailer who isn't too far from joining Sears, Kmart, Borders, and Circuit City in the afterlife. During Tuesday's intraday trading, the share price of Bed Bath & Beyond soared by about 70% as a result of a significant short squeeze. In a choppy day, BBBY stock ended the session up 29%. Prior to Cohen's statement during Thursday's session, shares had increased by another 17% from Tuesday's closing. The latest rise in BBBY stock was a result of the meme community once more banding together to oppose institutional forces that hold opposing views on the stock and the core business. Cohen initially revealed a 9.8% ownership in the company in March. When Yahoo Finance published a story on Monday about financial difficulty at Bed Bath & Beyond stores in New York, BBBY supporters responded with colorful commentary. B Riley downgraded its recommendation to Sell on Tuesday for Bed Bath & Beyond. This week, analysts at UBS and Wedbush confirmed their sell recommendations for the stock. BBBY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com
Tokyo Issues Warning as Yen Depreciates, USD/JPY in Positive Territory

S&P 500 Falls By Largest Amount In 2 Months, EUR/USD Test Below Parity

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.08.2022 23:45
Summary: Stock market may continue to decline. EUR/USD falls below parity. S&P 500 down 2.14% Monday As Wall Street waits for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's address later this week and worries about inflation and a weaker economy grow, the stock market may continue to decline as the currency strengthens. On August 22, U.S. markets plunged precipitously to open the week, with the S&P 500 down 2.14% and the Nasdaq down 2.55%. The cost of gold and oil decreased as well. The S&P 500 experienced its steepest fall in two months. Last week, the market's four-week winning streak came to an end as a result of investors' increased defensiveness and anticipation of slower economic development. According to Scott Minerd, global chief investment officer at Guggenheim, if the S&P does not rise above its 200-day moving average, the equity market could experience further losses. S&P 500 Price Chart EUR/USD pushing below parity The British Pound and the Euro are having a bad day on the foreign exchange markets, as the EUR/USD and GBP/USD prices both hit new yearly lows throughout the session. Senior Strategist James Stanley talked about the Euro's problems this morning, and we covered the UK's stagflation worries last week, which have been hurting the British Pound. It's true that the British Pound and the Euro's issues may be more closely related to what's occurring in energy markets and the crisis that is developing quickly ahead of the winter months than to a resurgent US Dollar ahead of the Federal Reserve's Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. The cost of energy in Europe is rising everywhere you turn. Natural gas prices in the UK and the European benchmark, Dutch TTF, have achieved (or are approaching) all-time highs. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, thestreet.com
Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBY) Shares Tank On Wednesday After SEC Filing & Press Release

Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBBY) Shares Tank On Wednesday After SEC Filing & Press Release

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 31.08.2022 17:07
Summary: BBBY share price tanks. The company is due to make many cuts. BBBY The price of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) shares is soaring early on Wednesday as investors learn more details about the situation the struggling store is in. In an effort to stop the bleeding from a drop in sales, the retailer announced plans to liquidate 150 shops, issue more shares, and lay off 20% of its workforce on Wednesday morning in an SEC filing and a press release before a presentation to investors. As of 9:38 AM ET, shares of the company were down more than 24% in early trade. Bed Bath & Beyond said in a release that it had pledges for an additional $500 million in funding, raising its existing liquidity to almost $1 billion as the firm fights for survival. Additionally, the company submitted an SEC filing for the sale of up to 12 million additional shares of common stock. Bed Bath & Beyond has stated that it will lean out the business and remove 20% of its corporate and supply chain workers in order to reduce expenses by $250 million in its fiscal year 2022. The business recently announced its intention to shut down 150 underperforming locations, adding that it "continues to examine its portfolio and leases, as well as employees, to ensure alignment with client demand and go-forward strategy." Bed Bath & Beyond anticipates comparable sales will drop 26% from the prior year in the current quarter and 20% from the prior year in its fiscal 2022, with improvements in the decline throughout the second half of the year. Currently, Bed Bath & Beyond is in the second quarter of its fiscal year. The company's presentation on Wednesday comes in the wake of recent rumors that Bed Bath & Beyond had recruited Kirkland & Ellis, a firm best known for its bankruptcy and restructuring work, to assist in managing its debt load. According to Bloomberg, some suppliers stopped shipping when the business fell behind on payments. Despite Wednesday's early morning drop, shares of Bed Bath & Beyond are still on track to increase by more than 80% so far this month, despite the fact that the company is currently down more than 70% from recent highs. BBBY Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com
BOC Rate Hike Odds Rise to 28.8% as Canada's Economy Shows Resilience

US Government Imposes Additional Licensing Requirements On Several Of Nvidia (NVDA) Sophisticated Products

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 01.09.2022 18:12
Summary: Nvidia stock price falling. Thursday's premarket trade saw a more than 5% decline in Nvidia stock. Nvidia (NVDA) SEC filing In a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission on Wednesday, chip giant Nvidia (NVDA) informed investors that the U.S. government has imposed additional licensing requirements on several of its sophisticated products. Unless Nvidia obtains a license to sell quickly, this will have an impact on sales to Russia and China. Part of the submission stated that according to the government, "the new licensing requirement will address the possibility that the covered products may be utilized in, or diverted to, a 'military end use' or 'military end user' in China and Russia." Although Nvidia noted that it doesn't conduct business with Russia, $400 million in third-quarter sales to China may be at risk. Currently, $5.9 billion in third-quarter sales are anticipated for the corporation by Wall Street. In a new SEC filing on Thursday, Nvidia stated that the government had approved some chip development as well as chip sales through Hong Kong till September 2023. Investors will continue to have reservations about Chinese chip sales for the overall sector in the upcoming months. Thursday's premarket trade saw a more than 5% decline in Nvidia stock. Since the recent SEC filing, shares have somewhat recovered their losses. The price of Tesla (TSLA) stock fell 1% in premarket trades as well. Nvidia hardware was used by some older Tesla models, although Tesla seems to have stopped using Nvidia as a chip hardware supplier recently. After being contacted for comment regarding any Nvidia goods used, Tesla didn't react right away. NVDA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, barrons.com
Inclusion of Government Bonds in Global Indices to Provide Further Support for India's Stable Currency Amid Economic Growth

US Labor Market Data Due On Friday Was Hotly Anticipated - Unemployment Hit 3.7%, NFP Grew To 315K

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 02.09.2022 14:36
Summary: US Labor statistics beat market expectations in some cases and missed them in others. US unemployment rate increased to 3.7%. US Labor Market data After a surge of statistics that indicate a strong consumer and high labor demand, the eagerly awaited US jobs report could tip the scales toward a third jumbo-sized boost in interest rates later this month. One of the last significant reports that Fed policymakers will have access to before the mid-September policy meeting will help them solve a challenging economic and inflationary riddle. According to projections, August payroll growth will be solid but moderate at 298,000, and the unemployment rate will remain unchanged at 3.5%, matching the lowest level in fifty years. In addition, strong pay growth is anticipated despite the ongoing labor market imbalance between supply and demand. These numbers, along with a wildly positive employment report for July, rising consumer sentiment measurements, and an unexpected increase in job vacancies, may be enough to persuade the Fed to extend the highest interest-rate increases in a generation in order to rein in inflation. According to all of those statistics, Anna Wong, chief US economist at Bloomberg Economics, said that this report "becomes very important." The pattern that other indicators have been showing—that the economy is quite resilient—might be a "stamp of confirmation" by all this. The Labor Department's average hourly earnings statistics and any signal of significantly slower employment growth in Friday's report, when combined with a larger slowdown in those figures, might alter expectations in favor of a half-point rate hike. However, before deciding on the best course of action, Fed officials will need to observe the results of the consumer price index later this month. The wage measurements will be a significant part of the jobs report. According to economists, the data will indicate a 5.3% increase from August 2021 and a 0.4% increase from one month prior in average hourly wages. In comparison to the preceding two months, the yearly growth would indicate a little acceleration. Although it is not usually the case, Claudia Sahm, founder of Stay-At-Home Macro (SAHM) Consulting and a former Fed economist, said a slowdown in wage growth could provide Fed officials some comfort by pointing to an easing of inflationary pressures. Actual US Labor Statistics - unemployment rose to 3.7% The actual labor data exceeded expectations in some cases, with the unemployment rate coming in at 3.7%, exceeding the market expectation of 3.5%. Whereas the average hourly earnings statistic came in at 5.2%, missing the market's expectation of 5.3%. US payroll growth exceeded expectations in both Nonfarm payroll coming in at 315K and Private nonfarm payroll at 308K, both of which were expected to be 300K. Average hourly earnings slightly missed expectations of 0.4% and came in at 0.3%. Sources: bloomberg.com, investing.com
Further Downside Of The AUD/JPY Cross Pair Is Expected

RBA Interest Rate Decision - The Fight Against Rising Inflation Continues

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 06.09.2022 09:08
Summary: RBA monetary policy decision. RBA meets market expectations. The RBA Hikes Interest Rates By 50bps - Meeting market expectations The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which raised interest rates by another 50 basis points, together with indications that the central bank is reaching the conclusion of its tightening cycle, left the Australian Dollar floundering. By raising rates by 50 basis points, the RBA satisfied market expectations and promised additional rate increases in its outlook. However, the RBA acknowledged "higher inflation and higher interest rates are putting pressure on household budgets, with the full effects of higher interest rates yet to be felt in mortgage payments". This is a sign from the Bank that it thinks the time has come to scale back on raising interest rates because the full impact of recent moves has not yet been felt. At its meeting today, the Board decided to increase the cash rate target by 50 basis points to 2.35 per cent. It also increased the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances by 50 basis points to 2.25 per cent - https://t.co/7SpNu8FKJQ — RBA (@RBAInfo) September 6, 2022 RBA Hikes Interest Rates The Reserve Bank of Australia's upcoming interest rate hike may provide some short-term comfort for the Australian dollar. Investors expect the RBA to raise interest rates by another 50 basis points, but the Australian dollar may fluctuate depending on the bank's future direction. The RBA’s decision to raise interest rates by 50 basis points in its battle against growing inflation; according to the most recent data, prices are rising at a 6.1% annual rate. However, a 50bp is "in the price" of Australian currency rates, thus market volatility will most likely depend on the direction the RBA directs investors to take in terms of future policy decisions. Australia's economy is weakening; according to August PMI data, a fall in services sector activity caused the composite index to enter contractionary territory. "Beyond this month the outlook looks far bumpier. The RBA could therefore be driven to signal a smaller pace of hikes from next month, as a weaker economic backdrop accelerates, delivering what we might describe as a dovish hike," says a daily currency update from Moneycorp. "Given that 50bps is all but priced into markets, the Aussie is likely to be driven on the day by the commentary from the RBA, with the Aussie likely being boosted most by bullish calls, and hindered if the RBA adopts a dovish tone," adds the note. The Australian Dollar is the third-best performing major currency in 2022. Thanks to Australia's substantial trade surplus, which implies that its currency is supported by robust export revenues, the Australian Dollar is the third-best performing major currency in 2022. Sources: poundsterlinglive.com, investing.com
Oil Prices Soar on Prospect of Soft Landing, Eyes Set on $80 Breakout

Stock Market Volatility Drives Nasdaq Downwards, Reserve Bank of Australia’s Interest Rate Decision

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 07.09.2022 00:04
Summary: Nasdaq fell more than 0.7% on Tuesday. RBA interest rate decision. Nasdaq down 0.74% on Tuesday In a volatile post-Labor Day session on Tuesday, U.S. stocks fell as investors remained on edge in anticipation of the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy decision later in the month. The declines on Tuesday were led by the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, which fell 0.7%. The movements follow three weeks in a row in which the major averages have lost money. Following the release of new data showing that U.S. services activity accelerated in August, losses throughout the equity market continued. This gave investors reason to believe that Fed officials could go with a larger rate rise of 75 basis points on September 21. IXIC Price Chart Reserve Bank of Australia’s interest rate decision The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which raised interest rates by another 50 basis points on Tuesday, together with indications that the central bank is reaching the conclusion of its tightening cycle, left the Australian Dollar floundering. By raising rates by 50 basis points, the RBA satisfied market expectations and promised additional rate increases in its outlook. However, the RBA acknowledged "higher inflation and higher interest rates are putting pressure on household budgets, with the full effects of higher interest rates yet to be felt in mortgage payments". This is a sign from the Bank that it thinks the time has come to scale back on raising interest rates because the full impact of recent moves has not yet been felt. Sources: fxmag.com, poundsterlinglive.com, finance.yahoo.com
Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Policy Decision - Met Market Expectations

Bank of Canada (BoC) Interest Rate Policy Decision - Met Market Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 07.09.2022 16:03
Summary: Bank of Canada interest rate decision. BoC met market expectations. Bank of Canada meets market expectations The Bank of Canada (BoC) met the market expectations on Wednesday by hiking their interest rates by 75bps up to 3.25% from 2.5%. Their Ivey PMI beat market expectations which were set at 48.3, but came in at an actual value of 60.9. Bank of Canada increases policy interest rate by 75 basis points, continues quantitative tighteninghttps://t.co/YXW4npzhVA#economy #cdnecon — Bank of Canada (@bankofcanada) September 7, 2022 Bank of Canada In order to safeguard the economy by limiting the amount that interest rates might need to increase over the medium term, the BoC increased its cash rate from 1.75% to 2.5% in July. This was done as part of a strategy to move monetary policy to an economically restrictive level sooner rather than later. Despite the fact that interest rate derivative market pricing implies that investors already expect the benchmark to climb further and as far as 3.75% by year's end, the BoC considers that restrictive threshold to involve a cash rate that is a place above the 3% level. “The Bank's commitment to front-loading rate hikes in the face of red-hot inflation means an even bigger 100 bps increase (matching July's hike) can't be ruled out. Canadian employment (Friday) is expected to rise 5K in August following two consecutive monthly declines. The unemployment rate is expected to increase to 5.0%, which is still very low,” says Alvin Tan, head of Asia FX strategy at RBC Capital Markets. With the approaching Bank of Canada rate decision expected today and the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday, we will undoubtedly use expectations to our advantage. Expectations play a significant part in the market impact of major event risk. In this meeting, both are expected to raise their respective benchmark rates by 75 basis points, but the former is doing so based on a 100-basis-point increase at its last meeting and the discount of a hawkish central bank. Sources: dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com, investing.com
German industrial production slumps for third straight month, raising recession risk

NVIDIA (NVDA) Stock Price Touching 52-Week Lows

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 20.09.2022 14:00
Summary: Nvidia's stock price last week reached new 52-week lows. Nvidia foreshadowed a significant revenue shortfall. NVIDIA price chart Nvidia's stock price last week reached new 52-week lows after falling more than 60% from its highs. Watch this important support area right away. The pioneer of revolutionary graphics chips, Nvidia (NVDA), has had a difficult year. The stock hit fresh 52-week lows on Friday and is now 64% below its November 52-week high. It has not been a terrific stretch for the stock, to put it frankly. The Santa Clara, California, corporation is not the only one, to be sure.   Nvidia foreshadowed a significant revenue shortfall, then followed that with a sluggish quarter and dismal guidance. This week, Nvidia will host its GTC event, which could serve as a trigger. However, it is facing strong fundamental and technological momentum. Despite all of this, Nvidia has a great future and its stock has been severely undervalued. I want to look at the stock again for that reason. The harsh correction of Nvidia's shares, which saw a drop of more than 63%, is depicted on the weekly chart up top. On Friday, the shares recovered after touching the 200-week moving average. For almost a month, we have been keeping an eye out for this mark's tag. After all, the trend has been on your side if you are short Nvidia. However, many of these shorts also believe that Nvidia's 200-week moving average may serve as significant support and that the company has a limited downside. The Nvidia stock has experienced significant reductions throughout the years. The stock has had three significant drops of more than 50% in the past 12 years, but—and this is a big but—never more than 57.5%. The bottom line: Over the past twelve years, Nvidia stock has experienced maximum drops of 54% to 57.5%. A recent drop of 63.5% from its highs and entry into a significant support region could serve as a bounce area. An accumulation approach might not be the worst choice for long-term investors. NVDA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
Stitch Fix (SFIX) Q4 Earnings Results Missed Investor Expectations After Difficult Quarter

Stitch Fix (SFIX) Q4 Earnings Results Missed Investor Expectations After Difficult Quarter

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.09.2022 12:53
Summary: SFIX reported lower-than-expected sales for Q4. High inflation and deteriorating retail environment. SFIX share price down after missing Q4 earnings expectations After the company reported lower-than-expected sales for the current quarter, offered weaker-than-expected sales guidance, and reported a decline in active clients, shares declined in after-hours trading. Revenue for the fourth quarter of Stitch Fix came to $481.9 million, falling shy of the Street's forecast of $489.4 million. The full-year sales forecast was trimmed to a range of $1.76 billion to $1.86 billion, while the first-quarter revenue projection was cut to $455 million to $465 million. $2.1 billion was the forecast on Wall Street. Elizabeth Spaulding, SFIX CEO wrote in the earnings release, “Today’s macroeconomic environment and its impact on retail spending has been a challenge to navigate, but we remain committed to working through our transformation and returning to profitability.” Stitch Fix shares have declined -75% year-to-date. Spaulding indicated during her address that they had faced an increasingly difficult fourth quarter, notably in June and July, due to the realities of high inflation levels and a deteriorating retail environment, which led to decreased discretionary spending in the garment industry. Because of a 9% year-over-year reduction in net active clients, which finished FY '22 at 3.8 million, Q4 net revenue fell 16% to $482 million. The quarter's adjusted EBITDA was negative $31.8 million. The company's CFO, Dan Jedda indicated during his address that SFIX had reported net revenue of $482 million, a 16% decrease from the previous year. This decline was caused by slowness in the volume of Fixes, which was largely offset by demand for Freestyle. In the wake of the financial report SFIX share price fell almost 10% in pre-market trading and 5.79% at close of market on September 20. SFIX Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, fool.com
JABIL (JBL) Stock Surged In The Wake Of Favourable Q4 Earnings Results

JABIL (JBL) Stock Surged In The Wake Of Favourable Q4 Earnings Results

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.09.2022 22:00
Summary: JBL beast market expectations for Q4 earnings results. Sales of diversified manufacturing increased 13%. JABIL (JBL) Q4 earnings report On Tuesday, contract manufacturer Jabil (JBL) easily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the current quarter of its fiscal year. The announcement caused JBL stock to rise. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based business reported adjusted earnings of $2.34 per share on $9.03 billion in revenue for the three months ended August 31. Jabil was predicted to report earnings of $2.15 per share on sales of $8.39 billion by analysts surveyed by FactSet. Jabil's earnings increased by 63% year over year while its sales increased by 22%. Jabil forecast adjusted earnings of $2.20 per share on $9.3 billion in sales for the current quarter. On the midpoint of its guidance, that is based. Wall Street expected Jabil to report first-quarter fiscal earnings of $2.11 per share on sales of $8.93 billion. It generated $1.92 in profit per share on $8.57 billion in revenue during the same time last year. Jabil additionally disclosed plans to repurchase up to $1 billion worth of its stock. According to IBD MarketSmith charts, JBL stock has established a cup-and-handle foundation with a purchase point of 65.98. Electronics manufacturing services and diversified manufacturing services are Jabil's two business divisions. Equipment for 5G wireless, cloud computing, networking, data storage, industrial, and other applications is produced by the electronics manufacturing facility. The company's diverse production facility produces mobile, medical, automotive, and other gadgets. Sales of diversified manufacturing increased 13% while sales of electronics manufacturing increased 32% year over year at Jabil. According to IBD Stock Checkup, JBL stock is tied for first place out of 15 stocks in the electronics contract manufacturing business group. It gets a 98 out of 99 IBD Composite Rating. Regardless of industry sector, the Composite Rating compares a stock's main growth characteristics to all other companies. Out of 197 industry groups that IBD monitors, the electronics contract manufacturing industry group comes in at number 33. JBL stock is also included in IBD's list of Tech Leaders stocks. JBL Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, investors.com
Sticky US Inflation Expected to Maintain Dollar Strength Ahead of FOMC Meeting

Elon Musk To Go Through With Twitter (TWTR) Deal After All

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 05.10.2022 11:25
Summary: On Tuesday Musk renewed his offer to buy Twitter. TWTR share price jumped in the wake of the news. “X, the everything app” TWTR stock price jumped Elon Musk attempted to pull out of the high-profile transaction, but on Tuesday he renewed his offer to pay $44 billion for the social networking site Twitter. The Tesla entrepreneur suggested the price in a letter to Twitter that was sent on Monday to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The price is equal to the original valuation of $54.20 per share. Late on Tuesday, Mr. Musk finally spoke up about the deal, writing on Twitter, "Buying Twitter is an accelerant to inventing X, the everything app." The price of the social network's stock increased so dramatically when it was revealed that Elon Musk is trying to restart his acquisition of the company that runs it that the New York Stock Exchange twice had to temporarily halt trading, according to the Wall Street Journal. The "Flash Crash" of 2010 prompted the implementation of such pauses, which begin when stocks on major indexes change price by more than 5% in less than five minutes. On Tuesday, Twitter shares increased by at least 12% at various points as Elon Musk declared he would stick with his original $44 billion offer to buy the social media platform. After purchasing Twitter Inc., Elon Musk teased "X, the everything app." According to the billionaire's prior remarks, the service may resemble the popular Chinese app WeChat. Beyond a single-line tweet, Musk didn't offer much information. However, the CEO of Tesla Inc. has admitted to admiring the Tencent Holdings Ltd. app, which has evolved from a messaging service to a mini-internet used by more than a billion people from China users daily. He has expressed thoughts on improving Twitter, saying he wants it to be more like WeChat and TikTok, the popular video-sharing app owned by ByteDance Ltd. that has gained popularity in the US. He also drew comparisons to the so-called "super apps" that are popular in some parts of Asia and allow users to access a variety of services from communications to car summoning using a single smartphone application. TWTR Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com
OPEC+ To Reduce Oil Output By 2 Million Barrels Per Day

OPEC+ To Reduce Oil Output By 2 Million Barrels Per Day

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 06.10.2022 17:08
Summary: OPEC+ to reduce output to drive up prices. Energy costs have risen as a result of the supply shortage. OPEC+ decision to reduce oil output The biggest reduction in production since the epidemic began in 2020, OPEC+ said on Wednesday, October 5, that it will cut output by 2 million barrels per day (bpd). The decision was quickly criticized by the White House as "shortsighted," and the oil cartel was charged with "aligning with Russia." President Joe Biden's advice to refrain from taking such a dramatic measure has not been heeded by Saudi Arabia, which controls approximately one-third of OPEC's oil reserves and is seen as a US ally. In order to persuade the de facto ruler of the kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to increase the number of barrels pumped, Biden visited the country in the Middle East three months ago. The output decrease is intended to raise oil prices back to the triple digits of dollars after a four-month decline. Oil prices have already risen to more than $90 a barrel as a result of anticipation of OPEC's decision this week. Saudi Arabia's move, which is probably motivated by politics and oil pricing equally, reminds the West who is in charge of this valuable resource and has caused the US to rethink its foreign policy goals, including sanctions against Venezuela. OPEC+ decision effects Due to underproduction by OPEC and its partners, the actual production reduction will be less than 2 million. The coalition fell short of its goals by 3.58 million barrels per day in August. In Nigeria, for instance, pipeline theft and vandalism caused oil production to reach a 32-year low. The true cuts will only amount to about 1 million bpd, according to Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman, and analysts estimate even smaller reductions, as reported by Reuters. Energy costs have risen as a result of the supply shortage, which has been made worse by Russia's involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. Biden used the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve earlier, in May, to control the rise in oil prices and, consequently, gasoline costs. He might have to turn to releasing more oil after the OPEC+ cuts. Crude Oil Nov ‘22 Futures Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com
European Markets Face Headwinds Amid Rising Yields and Inflation Concerns

NVIDIA (NVDA) Stock Price Dropped On Tuesday

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 11.10.2022 19:37
Summary: The Biden administration's decision to limit electronics exports to China last week. Citigroup reduced Nvidia's price objective by $38 to $210 per share. Nvidia (NVDA) share price drops due to biden administration Following the Biden administration's decision to limit electronics exports to China last week, Nvidia (NVDA) led chip stocks lower on Tuesday amid a flurry of analyst downgrades and broader sector repricing. Late last week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) issued a warning regarding near-term revenue growth, and weakening PC and smartphone demand also put pressure on already-weak chipmakers. Additionally, President Joe Biden's decision to severely restrict the sale of equipment to China-based companies used in the production of advanced semiconductors gave further downside momentum. In the United States, Intel also suffered as a result of analysts at Wells Fargo lowering their price target on the chipmaker and noting a steep drop in near-term sales amid broader sector weakness. In contrast, Citigroup reduced Nvidia's price objective by $38 to $210 per share due to slowing growth rates in the market for cloud computing hardware. Nvidia shares fell 2.4% in early Tuesday trading to trade at $113.85 per share. The Biden administration announced further extensive restrictions on the sale of semiconductors and related equipment to China on Friday. Then, today, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its projection for global growth, hurting morale as well. And to top it all off, the Chinese government has decided to lock down major cities once more in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, which has recently caused supply chain issues. The new limits on high-end processor sales to China could notably hurt Nvidia. Although the administration had already ordered Nvidia to stop selling its top-tier data center GPUs to China back in late August, the administration's latest limitations on equipment sales to China last week only serve to further cement the two nations' technical separation. It's important to note that Nvidia estimated that the limits would affect around $400 million in revenue, or about 7% of projected revenue, if they were completely enforced. NVDA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com, fool.com
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German CPI Inflation Data Met The Markets Expectations

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.10.2022 08:15
Summary: German CPY (YoY) CPI inflation data met market expectations. Looming european energy crisis. Initial market reactions. German CPI inflation data comes in at 10% Preliminary estimates showed that in September 2022, Germany's consumer price inflation spiked to 10 percent year-over-year, the highest level ever and significantly more than the 9.4 percent market projection. Following a worsening energy crisis in the biggest economy in Europe and ongoing supply chain disruptions, consumer prices have been rising. The German CPI inflation data was forecasted at 10% and came in at 10%, in addition the German CPI (MoM) data also met market expectations and remained equal to the previous months at 1.9%, this indicates that the largest European economy has not worsened despite fears. With the war in the Ukraine continuing, and the sanctions placed on Russia by the European Union, it is no secret that the European economies are facing problems, driven by a looming energy crisis. With winter approaching and a shortage of gas forecasted, prices have been rising. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) interest rate hawkish interest rate hiking cycle is showing no signs of slowing down, Inflation data from Europe's largest economy tends to be a clear indication of the performance of the rest of the European Economies. In the wake of the previous German CPI inflation data release, separate statistics revealed that previously, consumer and business expectations for greater inflation and a worsening financial situation caused the euro zone's economic mood to decline significantly and more than anticipated. The effect of the CPI Inflation Data on the Markets As CPI inflation continues to rise, consumer confidence continues to fall, the actual figures set up a strong case for the European Central Bank to continue on their interest rate hiking cycle path. The initial effect of the released data caused the EUR/USD to strengthen slightly, the EUR/GBP had the same effect, strengthening as the German Inflation rate remained high, yet stable. Sources: investing.com, reuters.com, dailyfx.com
Both The US CPI & Core CPI Inflation Beat Market’s Forecasted Figures

Both The US CPI & Core CPI Inflation Beat Market’s Forecasted Figures

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 13.10.2022 15:19
Summary: US CPI inflation beat market expectations. US Core CPI inflation beat market expectations. Initial market reaction. US CPI & Core CPI Inflation beat market expectations After breaking out last week, the US dollar is maintaining its recent highs. The primary US catalyst for this week is the release of CPI data today. According to economists surveyed by Reuters, the CPI is anticipated to have risen by 8.1% in September compared to the same month a year prior, which is only slightly less than the 8.3% annual increase seen in August. The actual US CPI inflation (YoY) came in at 8.2%, beating market expectations. For the White House and legislative Democrats, the continued high inflation has been a major political concern, overshadowing the coronavirus pandemic's quick recovery and the creation of millions of jobs since Joe Biden took office. The Core CPI is anticipated to rise for a second consecutive month, with the rate rising to 6.5% in September from 6.3% in August. Additionally, the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) shows a higher path for US interest rates, which could fuel anticipation for another 75bp Fed rate hike. The actual US Core CPI inflation (MoM) came in at 6.6%, also beating market expectations. Effect on the markets The market will probably jerk in either direction after the September CPI report is released. The bar remains very high to change the perception surrounding a 75 basis point rate hike from the FOMC in November, despite the possibility of volatility across asset classes. The Federal Reserve may face pressure to maintain its approach to battling inflation if the core CPI increases once again, according to the minutes from the September meeting that revealed “many participants emphasized that the cost of taking too little action to bring down inflation likely outweighed the cost of taking too much action.” The initial reaction from the EUR/USD was bearish, USD/JPY was bullish as the dollar strengthened in the wake of the news, the S&P500 also jumped and Bitcoin remained on a downward trend. Sources: investing.com, financialtimes.com, finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com
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Dow Jones Increased Overnight, GBP Could Rally If UK Leadership Changed

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.10.2022 11:27
Summary: Dow Jones futures all increased overnight as investors focused on Netflix (NFLX). The near-term outlook for the pound has significantly improved. Dow Jones Index Rally The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Dow Jones futures all increased overnight as investors focused on Netflix (NFLX) subscriber growth and anticipated Tesla earnings. The effort at a stock market rally extended advances on Tuesday, but the session ended well below highs. Although the market rise is still going strong, nothing yet has been proven. Investors should exercise caution and pay great attention. In Q3, Netflix's subscriber growth was substantially stronger than anticipated, and the leader in streaming TV is optimistic about Q4 subscribers. Earnings also exceeded expectations. The rise in Netflix's shares suggested a breakout. Overnight, Roku (ROKU) and Disney (DIS) both increased. In comparison to fair value, Dow Jones futures gained 0.6%, with DIS stock contributing a slight gain. Futures for the S&P 500 rose 0.7%. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 rose 1.4%. United Airlines and NFLX stock both make up the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100. DJI Price Chart GBP could rally in the wake of UK leadership change The near-term outlook for the pound has significantly improved, according to foreign exchange strategists at BMO Capital, and more gains are possible if the UK leadership is changed in the next two weeks. They claim that such a development is very plausible. The call follows the dramatic about-face in UK fiscal policy that newly-installed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt revealed. In order to fully restore market confidence in the UK government and finances, Hunt undid all of his predecessor's tax cuts. This was followed by a decline in UK gilt yields and a rise in the value of the pound. The reversal was unavoidable given that the world markets recoiled at the generosity of the new prime minister Liz Truss' economic plans, which called for large tax cuts that would be paid for by borrowing.
The Markets Still Hope That The Fed May Consider Softer Decision

Eurozone CPI Inflation Came in Lower Than Expected

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 19.10.2022 13:11
Summary:  Eurozone CPI inflation came in lower than expected. CPI inflation drops for the first time since May 2022. Initial market reactions. The Eurozone CPI inflation  The market had originally forecasted a CPI (YoY) inflation of 10% for the Eurozone, the actual figure came in at 9.9%, missing market expectations slightly. This could indicate to the market that the European Central Bank should continue its interest rate hiking cycle.  The falling inflation during September marks the first drop in Eurozone CPI inflation since May 2022. The falling inflation could provide the European Central Bank with an incentive to continue on their hawkish interest rate hiking path.  Effect of the CPI inflation data When the European Central Bank meets again at the end of the month, it is anticipated that it will boost its benchmark interest rates by an additional 75 basis points, adding to the total number of rises announced since July of 125 basis points. However, the Euro Area is predicted to "stagnate later in the year and in the first quarter of 2023," and the fear of a weakening economy may induce the central bank to implement lower rate increases over the following months. With the U.K. inflation figures, concerns that central bank tightening may cause a worldwide downturn have reemerged, reversing the previous upbeat feeling brought on by solid earnings reports and dissipating concerns about systemic risk from Britain's debt markets. The U.K’s hotter than expected inflation figure has also put pressure on the markets. In addition, the European economy has been weighed down by the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, and the looming energy crisis. The Initial market reaction in the wake of the softer than expected CPI inflation data saw the Euro weaken against both the US Dollar and the Pound sterling. The initial market reaction saw both the HSBC shares and the iBEX index rise. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, marketsummary.com, ft.com, investing.com
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Tesla (TSLA) Stock Price Dropped Around 5.77% In Pre-Market Trading

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 20.10.2022 15:23
Summary: Concerns that inflation & logistic difficulties may have slowed the EV manufacturer's development. Tesla fell short of automotive gross margin estimates. Tesla share prices down Tesla Inc. shares dropped by roughly 5% in pre-bell trading on Thursday as Wall Street analysts worried that growing inflation and logistical difficulties may have slowed the electric vehicle manufacturer's development. At least five brokerages reduced their price targets for the stock, with Wedbush Securities making the greatest reduction of $60 to lower its goal to $300 and citing softer deliveries in 2022. "The bullish narrative is clearly hitting a rough patch as Tesla must now prove again to the Street that the robust growth story is running into a myriad of logistics issues as opposed to demand softening," Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note. In premarket trade, the stock, which has lost 37% of its value this year, dropped 4.6% to $211.80. The company warned that difficulties it was having with logistics could prevent it from meeting its goal of a 50% increase in delivery volume this year in its quarterly results report. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, acknowledged that "demand is slightly harder" than it would otherwise be on a post-earnings call, but he reiterated that the business was quite optimistic in having a record fourth quarter. Tesla fell short of automotive gross margin estimates despite increased selling prices for its vehicles due to manufacturing ramp-up costs at its new factories in Austin, Texas, and Berlin, Germany. However, other analysts believe Tesla will benefit greatly from the global transition toward electric automobiles. Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, noted that demand was high while discussing the company's third-quarter profits. He did, however, issue a warning that deflationary tendencies in the economy were intensifying and that China and Europe were going through "a form of recession." TSLA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com
Solid Wage Growth in Poland Signals Improving Labor Market Conditions

UK Retail Sales Data Missed Market Expectations, Coming In Hotter Than Expected

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.10.2022 08:41
Summary: U.K Retails data came in hotter than expected. Consumer spending has largely decreased in the U.K. UK Retail Sales Data UK Retail Sales Data heavily missed market expectations on Friday, with YoY data coming in at -6.9% and market expectations that were originally set at -5.0%, and MoM data also missing market expectations, coming in at -1.4% with expectations originally set at -0.5%. The data from both YoY & MoM missed market expectations by a long way, indicating that the U.K economy had deteriorated throughout September more than the markets had expected. Retail Sales track changes in the total amount of retail sales that have been adjusted for inflation. It is the most important gauge of consumer spending, which dominates all other forms of economic activity. The lower than expected readings could be interpreted as bearish or negative, as consumers in the U.K heavily slowdown the spending as the looming recession becomes more real. Effect on the market It could be said that the retail sales help investors to gauge the health of an economy and the existence of inflationary pressures. Consumer spending makes up a large part of the U.Ks GDP, the figures that largely missed market expectations could be interpreted as the U.K economy heading into a recession. The market could expect that the Bank of England (BoE) will continue on their interest rate hiking cycle, and perhaps we could see the BoE turn even more hawkish in their fight against rising inflation. The initial market reaction for the GBP/USD currency pair saw the GBP weaken against the USD, the same goes for the EUR/GBP currency pair, which saw the EUR strengthen against the GBP initially. The FTSE 100 is up as of the release of the Retail Sales Data. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, ft.com
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SNAP Inc. Share Price Crashes 30%, BHP CEO Optimistic About China’s Economic Prospects, Fed’s Hawkishness

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.10.2022 16:38
Summary: Snap’s Q3 earning results missed market expectations. BHP is optimistic about China's growth prospects. Fed remains hawkish in interest rate hiking cycle. SNAP stock crashing After another difficult quarter, the stock price for Snap is still declining. In pre-market trading on Friday, shares of the social networking platform fell 25% as third quarter sales showed a fifth consecutive quarterly slowdown. Additionally, profits were disappointing, as Snap continued to attribute the poor execution to a slowdown in advertising and changes to Apple's privacy policies. The business issued a warning that the fourth-quarter sales trends would deteriorate. Snap Inc. Q3 earnings missed market expectations. Average Revenue Per User: $3.11 vs. $3.17 forecast, Daily Active Users: 363 million vs. 358 million estimate, Adjusted EPS: $0.08 vs. projected loss of $0.02, Net Sales: $1.13 billion vs. $1.14 billion estimate Guidance: Fourth-quarter revenue growth was "flat." $SNAP shares are still struggling in pre-market today after a dismal Q3 report. The stock is down almost 30% in pre-market, surpassing analyst estimates of a 23% swing. https://t.co/RD3FDZrEAT pic.twitter.com/j1CF7GKcTH — Yahoo Finance Plus (@yfinanceplus) October 21, 2022   BHP CEO optimistic about future production CEO of BHP Group Mike Henry stated on Friday that despite uncertainty, he was "cautiously optimistic" about China's economic prospects. The leader of the largest listed mining firm in the world stated in a pre-recorded interview at the FT Mining Summit in London: "There is uncertainty in China, but in our judgment, China is still going to give a bit of stability or underpinning to global economic development over the next 12 months."   With more than 250 million tonnes mined in the fiscal year ending in June, BHP is a leading producer of iron ore, which is used to make steel used in the construction industry. According to Henry, the multinational mining corporation is now looking into ways to boost iron ore productivity above 300 million tonnes annually. BHP chief pledges ‘disciplined’ M&A stance despite bulging war chest https://t.co/qoBC6jukwA — Financial Times (@FT) October 21, 2022 Federal Reserve to remain hawkish In general, the US dollar is higher so far today as markets assess the week before the weekend. After soaring once further in the US session, Treasury rates across the curve are a few basis points higher in Asian trade. Today's 4.27% yield on the benchmark 10-year bond was the highest since 2008. ⚠️BREAKING:*FED SET TO RAISE RATES BY 0.75 POINT AND DEBATE SIZE OF FUTURE HIKES - WSJ$DIA $SPY $QQQ 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/eWNuHX0skh — Investing.com (@Investingcom) October 21, 2022 Sources: finance.yahoo.com, twitter.com, dailyfx.com
Meta Is Cutting Discretionary Spendings And Extending Its Freeze On Hiring

SNAP Inc Share Price Weighed Down By Disappointing Q3 Earnings Results

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.10.2022 19:56
Summary: SNAP may need to make even more job cuts. Summary of Snap's difficult quarter. Price of Snap fell by close to 30% on Friday. SNAP Inc Share Price down 30% One veteran tech analyst expressed concern that Snap (SNAP) may need to make even more job cuts than it had first anticipated due to the third quarter's steeper than anticipated decline in business. After the social media platform disclosed that third-quarter sales slowed for the fifth consecutive quarter, the price of Snap fell by close to 30% on Friday morning. Throughout the session, the company's shares dominated Yahoo Finance's "Trending Ticker" page. Snap said at the end of August that it would lay off 1,300 workers, or 20% of its staff. Despite the recent round of major layoffs, Snap continues to blame a slowdown in advertising and Apple's (AAPL) privacy rules for its executional blunders as third-quarter profitability lagged. The business also issued a warning that the fourth-quarter sales trends will deteriorate. Here is a summary of Snap's difficult quarter: Net Sales: $1.13 billion vs an anticipated $1.14 billion, 363 million versus an expected 358 million daily active users, $3.11 as opposed to the predicted $3.17 for average revenue per user Adjusted EPS: $0.08 vs a loss of $0.02 expected, Guidance: Fourth-quarter revenue growth was "flat." "Yes, I mean they do [have to cut expenses more]," Jefferies Analyst Brent Thill mentioned on Yahoo Finance Live. "They just restructured the company. They obviously are in the process of still reducing the workforce by 20%. They may have to go deeper." Shares of the photo-focused social media behemoth Snap (SNAP) are currently 30% down than their 52-week highs after it released poor third-quarter earnings. Additionally suffering from the stock shift are companies like Meta (META), Alphabet (GOOGL) (GOOG), Pinterest (PINS), and others. Some of these businesses are being helped by the fact that U.S. stocks are rising in the first part of Friday's session, but not Snap. SNAP Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
The release of Chinese GDP, Bank of Canada interest rate decision and more - InstaForex talks the following week (part I)

Broad China Selloff Drags Down Alibaba, European Gas Prices Down, Goldman Sachs Aim To Increase Investment In China, Race For Next U.K PM

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.10.2022 13:40
Summary: Alibaba stock tanks on Monday. Warmer weather prospects driving NGAS down. Goldman Sachs has established a new joint venture in China. Rishi Sunak on track to become the next U.K Prime Minister. Markets reacted to President Xi Jinping’s re-election As markets reacted to President Xi Jinping consolidating power following his historic confirmation to a third term as head of the second-largest economy in the world, shares of Chinese corporations were falling on Monday. Alibaba (ticker: BABA) lost 12% in premarket trade in the United States. Investors are spooked by President Xi Jinping's increasing control over China's ruling party as he begins a record-setting third term with no apparent successor. In addition, the 14th edition of the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival ("11.11" or "Festival"), which will feature more than 290,000 brands, was formally launched today by Alibaba Group Holding Limited. ⚠️BREAKING:*ALIBABA STOCK PLUNGES 11% IN HONG KONG AMID BROAD CHINA SELLOFF$BABA 🇨🇳🇭🇰 pic.twitter.com/qd0XErYE4B — Investing.com (@Investingcom) October 24, 2022 European gas prices fall as supply prospects improve Following predictions of warmer-than-usual weather for the majority of the continent over the coming week, European natural gas futures fell once again during the opening hours of trading on Monday. Weather predictions that continental Europe will see temperatures this week that are between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius warmer than the seasonal norm, predicting reduced demand and enabling importers to continue injecting excess gas into storage, served as the primary impetus for the decision. ​​In order to relieve the pressure brought on by Russia's effective supply suspension, Europe has been able to fill its storage facilities ahead of schedule thanks to a mild start to the winter heating season and aggressive buying of liquefied natural gas on spot markets. EU storage facilities were 93.4% full as of Sunday, with the two largest markets on the continent, Germany and Italy, posting even higher levels. ⚠️BREAKING:*EUROPEAN GAS PRICES TUMBLE TO LOWEST SINCE JULY ON EASING SUPPLY FEARS 🇪🇺🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/nGg49xSG1T — Investing.com (@Investingcom) October 24, 2022 Goldman Sachs’ new joint venture In an effort to increase investment in Chinese logistics and infrastructure real estate assets, Goldman Sachs has established a joint venture in China with local logistics firm Sunjade, the U.S. bank announced on Monday. According to a company release, the bank is creating the new subsidiary through its investment arm Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which has made more than $50 billion in real estate-related investments worldwide. The stock structure or the amount of money committed to the platform were not disclosed. The joint venture has invested in a 240,000 square meter project with four institutional-grade warehouse assets in Shanghai and the surrounding region. The joint venture focuses on projects in China's first-tier cities and neighboring areas. The new platform, according to the U.S. bank, will profit from China's growing demand for brand-new, high-quality infrastructure assets, particularly institutional-quality storage space driven by e-commerce and the diversification of industrial requirements supported by government policies. Goldman Sachs launches Chinese infrastructure real estate joint venture https://t.co/HdGJm9ExlH pic.twitter.com/mmj53hkACz — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) October 24, 2022 Rishi Sunak on track to be next U.K PM After Boris Johnson withdrew from the race on Sunday night and the markets breathed a sigh of relief, Rishi Sunak, a former chancellor, was on track to become the new prime minister of Britain on Monday. After the likelihood of further imminent political and economic unrest decreased, the value of the pound increased on Monday. Johnson, who was having trouble gaining support, acknowledged that due to divisions among Tory MPs, even if he had won, he could not have governed "effectively." If Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the Commons and his sole remaining competitor, is unable to secure the necessary 100 nominations from Tory MPs, Sunak will take over as the party's leader at 2 p.m. on Monday. Rishi Sunak’s priority should be to restore stability and the UK’s reputation https://t.co/WLKJCGg49X — Financial Times (@FT) October 24, 2022 Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com, twitter.com
This Week's Tesla Stock Split Could Be The Best Moment To Buy The Stock! Twitter Stock Price Plunged!

Tesla Lowers Starting Price Of Selected EV Models

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.10.2022 13:00
Summary: TSLA stock's six-month fall is sitting around 37.8%. Tesla is lowering the starting price of its Model 3 and Model Y, in China. China, the world's largest EV market, is still constrained by Beijing's "zero COvid" policy. Tesla car model price lowering For the first time this year, Tesla is lowering the starting price of its Model 3 and Model Y cars in China. After lowering pricing for the first time this year for cars built in China, Tesla (TSLA) shares continued to fall on Monday, indicating waning demand in the largest market in the world. Just days after its third quarter earnings report echoed the impact of rising production costs and showed narrowing profit margins for the most valuable automaker in the world, Tesla reduced the starting price of its Model 3 sedan by about 5.3% and cut the cost of its Model Y by 9%. Tesla has been increasing the costs of its American-made cars for much of the year. Tesla reported that due to an increase in input prices and expenses associated with the start-up of new plants in Austin and Berlin, gross automotive margins were 27.9%, a 600 basis point decrease from last year and unchanged from the amount achieved over the second quarter. The company also warned that as it "simplifies operations, reduces costs, and improves the experience of our consumers," full-year deliveries "may fall slightly short of its 50% growth target." In pre-market trading, Tesla shares were marked 3.5% lower to reflect an opening bell price of $207 per share, bringing the stock's six-month fall to about 37.8%. Following record quarterly sales of 343,830 vehicles, Tesla stated last week that revenues increased 56% from the previous year to $21.45 billion, falling short of analysts' expectations of a $21.96 billion total. Demand is anticipated to decline over the course of the year as countries in Europe and North America hold off on major purchases due to recession fears and the continued rise in energy prices, while China, the world's largest EV market, is still constrained by Beijing's "zero COvid" policy. TSLA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
In The Coming Days Will Be The Final Consolidation Of Bitcoin

Chinese Renminbi Hits Lowest Level In 15 Years, Transfer Of UK PM Status, EU Stocks Supported By Potentially Dovish Fed, Bitcoin Forecast

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 25.10.2022 13:00
Summary: The value of China's currency has decreased 13% so far this year.  U.S. economy shrank for a fourth consecutive month.   Chancellor Rishi Sunak was named the next prime minister. Bitcoins new price objective set at $30,000. The Renminbi is crashing The value of the Chinese yuan against the dollar has fallen to its lowest level since 2007 as worries over President Xi Jinping's choice of a more hardline leadership team and the weakening economy moved from stock markets to currency markets. A growing interest rate disparity with the US has already hurt the renminbi this year; on Tuesday, it dropped as much as 0.6% to Rmb7.3084 per dollar. The People's Bank of China lowered the midpoint of the currency's trading band to its lowest level since the world financial crisis, which caused the decline.  The value of China's currency has decreased 13% so far this year. The decline on Tuesday came after a sell-off in Chinese stocks that affected markets around the world this week, with the Hang Seng China Enterprises index falling more than 7% on Monday and the Nasdaq Golden Dragons index of major technology stocks falling more than 14%. China’s renminbi has hit its weakest level against the dollar since 2007 following concerns over President Xi Jinping’s appointment of a harder line leadership team and a struggling economy https://t.co/F96TYsSrcE pic.twitter.com/8niDscsIu5 — Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) October 25, 2022 Rishi Sunak takes over from Truss This week saw a solid start for the pound, but it was unable to continue its upward trend when former chancellor Rishi Sunak was named the next prime minister-designate after the Conservative Party leadership contest, which will have a major impact on the pound and the UK economy going forward. After former Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the race for the position of Prime Minister, leaving former Chancellor Rishi Sunak on course for a coronation that is expected to produce the UK's fifth Prime Minister in the past six years on Tuesday, sterling increased against most major currencies to start the new week.  The Pound, however, quickly lost its early gains as newly-elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned of impending economic hardship and difficult choices involving the public finances in a speech to parliament.  Follow the latest developments as Rishi Sunak takes over from Liz Truss as UK prime minister https://t.co/pEjylJrgRO — Bloomberg (@business) October 25, 2022 EU Stocks supported by potentially dovish fed While anxiety over China's economy continued to weigh on Asian markets, European stocks climbed in early trade on Tuesday as investors took heart from indications that the U.S. Federal Reserve could scale back its rate increases. Data released on Monday revealed that the U.S. economy shrank for a fourth consecutive month. This suggests that the Fed's rate hikes have weakened the economy, which in turn has fueled optimism that the central bank may start to moderate the pace of the increases.  The projected Fed rate peak has decreased slightly from over 5% early last week to around 4.93%. The European stock market's mood was also helped by certain profit results that exceeded forecasts, with Swiss bank UBS (UBSG.S) among those that did so. However, the biggest bank in Europe, HSBC, announced a 42% decline in third-quarter profit, which caused a 4% decline in its share price (.HSBA.L). European stocks up as investors see signs Fed could slow rate rises https://t.co/a5VwuwKWFZ pic.twitter.com/ONhjztqvLs — Reuters (@Reuters) October 25, 2022 Bitcoin Forecast revised upwards to $30,000 In the coming month, Bitcoin "will break out dramatically," with a price objective of $30,000.  Michal van de Poppe, the founder and CEO of the trading company Eight, made that most recent forecast. On October 25, Van de Poppe tweeted his support for the analysts who are predicting a rise in the price of bitcoin. BTC/USD is now characterized by a notable lack of volatility, but there are growing indications that the sideways trend is about to undergo a significant change.  Popular analyst TechDev and others have confirmed that Bitcoin's Bollinger Bands versus the Nasdaq are the tightest in history, which all but guarantees an explosive move to come. “Market looking good for a last leg up. Higher highs and higher lows on ltf and demand being moved up,” he tweeted.   Analyst puts Bitcoin price at $30K next month with breakout due - https://t.co/IKtVBdXcef — Investing.com News (@newsinvesting) October 25, 2022 Sources: twitter.com, cointelegraph.com, reuters.com, ft.com, investing.com, poundsterlinglive.com
Energy Companies Will Likely Reveal Another Excellent Quarter

General Electric (GE) Cash Goal Delayed In The Wake On Supply Chain Issues - According To CEO

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 25.10.2022 18:45
Summary: GE is on pace to reach the low end of its projection due to "external pressures" like inflation. 27% increase in aerospace sales. General Electric (GE) Q3 Earnings The industrial group's cash flow rebounded in the second quarter thanks to GE's aerospace business, but the company issued a warning that its working capital would be put under strain as it protected its clients from the full effects of supply chain disruptions for the remainder of the year. After GE separated its healthcare and energy businesses, Larry Culp, the company's chief executive, said the group was adhering to its forecast that full-year adjusted profits per share would range between $2.80 to $3.50 per share. With the exception of cash, where delayed renewable energy orders and the anticipated losses to working capital would "push out," or postpone, around $1 billion in free cash flow to a later date, GE was on pace to reach the low end of its projection due to "external pressures" like inflation. Before Tuesday's release, analysts' consensus projections for full-year earnings had already decreased to $2.80 per share from $3.20 three months prior when GE issued a warning about the effects of lockdowns in China and the war in Ukraine. A 27% increase in aerospace sales drove a 5% increase in GE's top line, and adjusted revenues of $17.9 billion exceeded analysts' forecasts of $17.6 billion. As a result of supply chain delays, services revenues in the aerospace industry increased by 47% while commercial engine deliveries decreased. According to GE, its strategy to divide into three publicly traded firms by 2024 with a focus on healthcare, energy, and aviation is still on track. As it advanced toward the three-way split, it claimed on Tuesday that it incurred "separation costs" of roughly $200 million in the second quarter. Culp said he was still optimistic that the plan will increase GE's worth in the long term when he made his remarks the same day that 3M revealed intentions to separate its own healthcare division. This month, GE made the following announcements: its healthcare division would be spun off early next year under the name GE HealthCare; its energy division would be rebranded as GE Vernova when it goes public in 2024; and Culp would oversee the remaining aviation division, which will be known as GE Aerospace. According to GE, the effects of inflation pressures would result in $3 billion in healthcare earnings for the entire year. It further stated that it no longer anticipated a "step up" in earnings at its renewable energy company in the second half of the year, blaming "paralysis in Washington" for a failure to meet expectations for the onshore wind turbine market.
Declines At The Close Of The New York Stock Exchange, The Drop Leaders Were Nike Inc Shares

NASDAQ Futures Down More Than 1.5%, Xi Jinping Pushes Out Youth League Members From Politburo, Spotify Users Up 20% YoY

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.10.2022 12:15
Summary: NASDAQ weighed down by poor MSFT & GOOGL earnings. Xi's years-long campaign to destroy the faction was successful. Spotify surpassed expectations in terms of both paid and free user growth. NASDAQ down more than 1.5% on Tuesday On Wednesday, Nasdaq futures dropped more than 1% after poor financial statements from tech titans Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft prompted losses at other megacap firms and fueled concerns about slowing economic growth. While Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reported disappointing ad sales and warned of a slowdown in advertising expenditure, Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported its lowest sales growth in five years and anticipated second-quarter revenue below Wall Street estimates. In premarket trade, the businesses' shares plummeted 5.7% and 6.0%, respectively, while those of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), who are expected to release earnings this week, dropped 3.7% and 0.6%. The disappointing results come after Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP) issued a warning last week over sluggish ad demand and a string of mixed earnings reports, which have added to concerns that the economy is being negatively impacted by decades-high inflation and ad-hoc interest rate hikes to combat it. ⚠️BREAKING:*NASDAQ 100 FUTURES TUMBLE 1.8% AS GOOGLE, MICROSOFT SINK AFTER EARNINGS$QQQ $GOOGL $MSFT pic.twitter.com/2rd4B4bJjP — Investing.com (@Investingcom) October 26, 2022 China’s new president pushes out youth league members The three most notable absences from China's new Communist Party leadership have one thing in common: they all rose through the ranks of the Youth League and were regarded as representatives of a once-dominant clique, whose influence Xi Jinping has now successfully quashed. Even the larger Central Committee was bypassed as Xi installed supporters in key party positions during the recent twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle. Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Wang Yang, both 67 and young enough to be re-appointed to the elite seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, were left out. Hu Chunhua, a fellow vice premier and former high flyer who, at 59, had been considered a prospect for premier and, at one point, even a potential future president, failed to make it to the 24-man Politburo. Analysts said the omissions demonstrate Xi's years-long campaign to destroy the faction was successful. China's Xi deals knockout blow to once-powerful Youth League faction https://t.co/g47pd77mil pic.twitter.com/uqSDoVgG2g — Reuters (@Reuters) October 26, 2022 Spotify up 20% on Users Spotify surpassed expectations in terms of both paid and free user growth in the third quarter, pointing to the region's strength in particular. A net addition of 23 million members, or 20% more than Spotify's previous projection, brought the total number of monthly active users (MAUs) to 456 million, which is the company's highest Q3 growth to date. The number of Spotify Premium subscribers increased to 195 million, up 7 million during the time (about 1 million more than expected) and 13% annually. Ek stated on the earnings call that Spotify is considering increasing the cost of its U.S. subscription plans in response to price increases by YouTube Premium and Apple Music. “[I]t’s something we will [discuss] with our label partners,” he said. “I feel good about this upcoming year, and what it means about pricing for our service.” Spotify (SPOT) reported a quarterly loss of $0.99 per share vs the $0.88 loss that the Zacks Consensus Estimate had predicted. This contrasts with a loss of $0.48 per share in the prior year. These numbers have non-recurring expenses taken into account. This quarterly report shows a -12.50% profits surprise. This music streaming service operator surprised analysts by posting a loss of $0.91 per share during the most recent quarter when it was anticipated that it would lose $0.68, a difference of -33.82%. The management's remarks on the earnings call will be largely responsible for determining if the stock's current price movement based on previously revealed numbers and anticipated future earnings can be sustained. Compared to the S&P 500's -20.3% decrease since the start of the year, Spotify share prices have fallen by around 59.6%. Spotify reaches 456M total monthly users in Q3, up 20% YoY and topping expectations https://t.co/vRe14ATA7s via @Variety CEO also said subscribers can expect price hikes for the service sometime in 2023. $SPOT shares are down 5% in after market trading. — Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) October 25, 2022 Sources: finance.yahoo.com, twitter.com, reuters.com, investing.com
KGL's Strong Q1 Results Raise Earnings Forecasts, But Long-Term Concerns Linger

Harley Davidson (HOG) Q3 Earnings Were Better Than Expected

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 26.10.2022 18:01
Summary: The third-quarter results for Harley-Davidson HOG beat expectations. Harley's goals and plans for enhancing operational performance are called Hardwire. Harley stock had lost roughly 2% of its value as of Wednesday's trade. Harley Davidson beat market expectations The third-quarter results for Harley-Davidson HOG +11.15% were better than expected. The business is advancing in optimizing its processes. On Wednesday, Harley (ticker: HOG) announced $1.78 in earnings per share on $1.65 billion in revenues. Wall Street anticipated sales of $1.37 billion and a share price of roughly $1.40. Operating profit margins increased to 20.6% from 14.9% in the third quarter of 2021 and 17% in the second quarter of 2022, respectively. “ Harley-Davidson delivered a strong third quarter with solid growth for both revenue and operating income, aligned to our Hardwire strategic initiatives,” said CEO Jochen Zeitz in the company’s news release. “We are reaffirming our outlook for the year, and as we approach our 120th anniversary that we will be celebrating in our hometown Milwaukee and around the world.” Harley's goals and plans for enhancing operational performance are called Hardwire. In 2022, Harley anticipates a 20% to 25% increase in operating profits. That suggests operational revenue of around $1 billion in 2022. Currently, Wall Street is simulating around $870 million. Harley has generated operating profit of roughly $900 million so far this year. There is now roughly $100 million left to spend in the fourth quarter. Wall Street presently forecasts an operating profit for the time period of roughly $32 million. Harley stock had lost roughly 2% of its value as of Wednesday's trade, less than the corresponding 19% loss of the S&P 500. Following earnings, options markets predict that shares will change by about 8%, either up or down. In response to the last four quarterly reports, shares have changed by about 7%, either up or down. Over that time, shares have increased four times and decreased once. HOG Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, barrons.com
This Week's Tesla Stock Split Could Be The Best Moment To Buy The Stock! Twitter Stock Price Plunged!

Credit Suisse To Raise 4bn CHF To Fund Restructure, Tesla Inc. Under Criminal Investigation, Trading Of TWTR Shares Will Be Paused

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.10.2022 12:37
Summary: Credit Suisse is essentially dismantling the investment bank. EV with self-driving capabilities was involved in many accidents. Musk has until October 28 to complete his $44 billion acquisition of TWTR. Credit Suisse to restructure Credit Suisse Group AG announced a restructure that will result in a multibillion dollar capital raising, thousands of job cutbacks, and the separation of the investment bank, taking the most drastic moves yet to restore the firm. According to a statement released on Thursday, the company intends to raise 4 billion francs ($4.1 billion) by selling shares to investors, including the Saudi National Bank, and through a rights issue. By splitting up the advice and capital markets businesses and selling the majority of its SPG business to Apollo Global Management Inc. and Pacific Investment Management Co., it is essentially dismantling the investment bank. After a string of significant losses and managerial upheaval destroyed Credit Suisse's reputation as one of the most respected institutions in Europe, the makeover is an urgent effort to rebuild trust. Ulrich Koerner, the bank's chief executive officer, and Chairman Axel Lehmann, who were appointed as crisis managers, now have the difficult task of carrying out the largest restructuring in the bank's recent history while attempting to safeguard the wealth management division that will determine its future. Credit Suisse seeks billions from investors in make-or-break overhaul https://t.co/MSy4Q4h7fT pic.twitter.com/e9mg3eUByl — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) October 27, 2022 TSLA under criminal investigation The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its initial wave of data on car crashes involving vehicles with autonomous driving systems in June of last year as part of its attempts to increase traffic safety while still encouraging innovation. It came out that a very well-liked electric car with self-driving capabilities was involved in a lot more accidents than was previously thought. Ten months of data were covered in the June report. It showed that when employing fully autonomous capabilities like Tesla's Autopilot, ADAS-equipped vehicles crashed 392 times, with Tesla vehicles accounting for 273 of those collisions. It represents around 70% of the cases. Given this context, it was logical but yet surprising to learn that the Department of Justice is looking into Tesla as part of a criminal investigation. The revelation that the Department of Justice is looking into Tesla as part of a criminal probe made sense given this backdrop, but it was nonetheless unexpected. The Justice Department is looking into possible customer misinformation regarding the functionality and security of the self-driving feature. For the mere reason that Tesla emphasizes in its own materials that the cars are not yet capable of completely autonomous driving, it might be challenging to make any form of claim against the company over excessive promises. Tesla is under criminal investigation in the United States over claims that the company's electric vehicles can drive themselves, three people familiar with the matter said https://t.co/HQh5rvn54u pic.twitter.com/oGo5ZKtWqT — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) October 27, 2022 Musk to acquire TWTR by October 28th According to the website of the New York Stock Exchange, trading in Twitter Inc. (TWTR) shares will be paused on Friday because entrepreneur Elon Musk has until October 28 to complete his $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform. Musk, the richest man in the world, visited Twitter's San Francisco offices on Wednesday and implied that he was the company's top executive by changing his profile bio to "Chief Twit." Reuters stated on Tuesday that Musk's attorneys had provided the necessary documentation for the finance pledge to equity investors Sequoia Capital, Binance, Qatar Investment Authority, and others. The closing of the transaction would put an end to Twitter's litigation. Twitter, together with the investors, now anticipate that the transaction will close at the agreed-upon price of $54.20 per share. On Wednesday, the NYSE saw the company's stock close at $53.35 per share. They were trading slightly below Musk's offer price in extended trading, up nearly 1% at $53.90. *TWITTER WILL BE DELISTED FROM THE NYSE ON FRIDAY AFTER MUSK COMPLETES DEAL$TWTR pic.twitter.com/jasBHEMrJp — Investing.com (@Investingcom) October 27, 2022 Sources: twitter.com, investing.com, reuters.com, finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
USD/JPY Reaching 130-135? It Seems It Maybe Not Impossible

Credit Suisse Q3 Earnings Missed Market Expectations Sparking Major In-house Changes

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 27.10.2022 17:04
Summary: Credit Suisse will cut their investment bank. The company will go to the market to raise capital. Shares were trading at or near record lows. Credit Suisse Q3 Earnings spark major in-house changed In order to restore investor trust and finance a protracted reconfiguration that will result in the elimination of its investment bank and a 9,000-person reduction in headcount, Credit Suisse Group AG decided to turn to investors for a painful multibillion-dollar capital raise. The firm's ambitions to raise 4 billion francs ($4.1 billion) through a rights issue and the sale of shares to investors like the Saudi National Bank caused the stock to fall as much as 16%. By splitting up the advice and capital markets divisions and selling the majority of a trading company to a group headed by Apollo Global Management Inc., it virtually dismantled the investment bank. The actions represent an urgent attempt by Credit Suisse to regain credibility after a string of significant losses and managerial instability destroyed its reputation as one of the most prominent lenders in Europe. Ulrich Koerner, the bank's CEO, and Chairman Axel Lehmann are already being questioned about whether the biggest transformation in the institution's recent history is drastic enough and provides suffering shareholders with enough reward. “The new Credit Suisse will definitely be profitable from 2024 onwards,” Koerner said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua. “We do not want to overpromise and underdeliver, we want to do it the other way around.” As investors processed combined expenses connected to the reorganization of around $6.6 billion and the dilution effect of the share sales, the shares dropped 12% at 1:06 PM in Zurich. With a potential ownership of up to 9.9%, the capital increase may make Saudi National Bank, which is supported by the country's major sovereign wealth fund, one of Credit Suisse's largest shareholders. Given that the shares were trading at or near record lows, bank executives had hoped to avoid raising capital, but after observing the outflow of assets and deposits from rich clients, they ultimately chose to do so in order to strengthen the bank's finances. The bank reported a net loss of 4.03 billion francs for the third quarter and stated that it anticipated a loss for the entire year. The company announced that it will begin cutting 2,700 positions from its employees in the fourth quarter and that by 2025, it expects to have reduced its employment by around 9,000, to 43,000. By that time, it also wants to cut the cost base by 15%, or 2.5 billion Swiss francs. According to analysts at Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse's 2025 goal of a 6% return on tangible equity "appears to lack ambition." The restructure takes place as a result of third-quarter results that highlighted the difficulties ahead. Wealthy clientele left as the investment bank struggled on. The bank reported a quarterly loss of more than $4 billion, which included an impairment of deferred tax assets associated with the restructuring worth 3.7 billion francs. Through 2024, the transformation will cost an additional 2.9 billion francs. CS Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, bloomberg.com
ECB press conference brings more fog than clarity

Elon Musk Closes Twitter Deal, Apple Reported Record Revenue, ECB May Turn Dovish

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 28.10.2022 16:32
Summary: Elon Musk has finalized his $44 billion plan to take Twitter private. Record revenue was announced from APPL. Investors have been persuaded that the ECB may make a dovish turn. Elon Musk Closes $44bn twitter deal After months of legal fighting between the richest man in the world and the social media site, Elon Musk, he has finalized his $44 billion plan to take Twitter private, putting an end to one of the most high-profile and dramatic buyout sagas in recent memory. The billionaire businessman removed Twitter's chief executive, Parag Agrawal, and chief financial officer, Ned Segal, as soon as he assumed control on Thursday night. According to one source, Sean Edgett, Twitter's general counsel, and Vijaya Gadde, the company's head of law, policy, and safety, were also fired. Musk had first agreed to purchase Twitter for $54.20 per share in April. A few months later, he filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco-based business to cancel the agreement, claiming that the platform had misled investors and regulators about false accounts and cyber security. In an effort to pressure the billionaire to complete the transaction, the social media business retaliated and countersued, setting up a contentious court dispute and discovery process. Musk declared he was prepared to purchase the business at the agreed-upon price provided the legal action was withdrawn just weeks before the two were scheduled to square off in a Delaware court over the matter. The sale was finalized the day before, according to a regulatory filing from the New York Stock Exchange on Friday morning, and stock trading had been halted in anticipation of Twitter's delisting on November 8. In an effort to create a "super app" that combines messaging, payments, and commerce, Musk has pledged to reduce Twitter's workforce and operating expenses while fostering product innovation. Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal for Twitter. The company's CEO and CFO were terminated and escorted out of headquarters https://t.co/nsktVzuCtn pic.twitter.com/SBWTIzqPnx — Reuters (@Reuters) October 28, 2022 Apple (APPL) reports record earnings On Thursday, Apple (AAPL) released financial results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. Record revenue was announced, but important categories including the iPhone and services fell short of analyst projections. Actual revenue was $90.15 billion compared to the estimated $88.64 billion, and EPS came in at $1.29 vs the anticipated $1.26. Although the Mac sales and revenue beats are positive, the iPhone and iPad numbers may worry investors. Apple has recently taken a beating amid rumors that the company is reducing the manufacturing of the Phone 14 Plus and as it navigates a challenging week for tech in general. Like most tech companies, Apple is experiencing foreign exchange challenges brought on by a strong dollar, which is reducing overall income. A hawkish Fed, persistent inflation, and a consumer downturn that has lowered expectations for the forthcoming holiday season are all exerting pressure on tech businesses like Apple. $AAPL shares remain steady after reporting record Q4 revenue.“The Apple results were mixed, they were relatively strong enough,” @juleshyman says. “But not enough to salvage the whole tech earnings season and reassure investors.” pic.twitter.com/92fYGKeYYT — Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) October 28, 2022 ECB could be turning more Dovish Investors have been persuaded that the European Central Bank is about to make a dovish turn because of what appear to be merely minor changes in tone from Christine Lagarde and the governing council she chairs. In a post-council meeting press conference, the ECB president acknowledged that the eurozone was likely headed for a recession, which had long been assumed by the majority of economists. The markets quickly interpreted this to mean that the region's rate-setters would scale back the pace of rate increases. Following Lagarde's news conference on Thursday afternoon, interest rates on government borrowing plunged, and by day's end, the euro had fallen below parity with the dollar, wiping off some of its previous gains. Investors broadly perceived such e statements as indicating that the ECB will decrease its next rate increase to 0.5 percentage points, and they now believe that by next September, borrowing prices will be a quarter-point lower than they believed prior to the ECB's announcement of its policy. ECB convinces markets it is about to turn more dovish https://t.co/rCLmZ0WPD0 — Financial Times (@FT) October 28, 2022 Sources: finance.yahoo.com, twitter.com, ft.com
Solid Wage Growth in Poland Signals Improving Labor Market Conditions

Eurozone Inflation Touches Record High, US Treasury, What To Watch At BoE Rate Setting Meeting

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 31.10.2022 12:59
Summary: Consumer prices in the Eurozone reached a new record high. Investors in US government bonds are pleading with the Treasury department to intervene. The BoE will this week publish its latest decision on interest rates. Eurozone inflation rises for 12th consecutive month According to a flash estimate from the European Union's statistics office, consumer prices in the Eurozone reached a new record high for the twelfth consecutive month, driven by a persistent rise in energy prices. In October, annual inflation in the currency region increased by 10.7%, exceeding economists' expectations of 10.2% and up from the previous level of 9.9%. As a result of ongoing tensions regarding the provision of crucial Russian gas flows into Europe after the start of the war in Ukraine, energy costs increased by 41.9% during the month. Food, drink, and tobacco prices all went up 13.1%. Core inflation, which excludes volatile commodities like food and energy, registered at 5.0%, up from the previous reading of 4.8% and also higher than expected. Businesses have displayed symptoms of pessimism about the future, and economists anticipate that the Eurozone will enter a recession this year as a result of spillover effects from this skyrocketing inflation. According to Eurostat's flash statistics, which was also issued on Monday, the third quarter saw an unusually severe slowdown in economic development in the Eurozone. The seasonally adjusted gross domestic product increased by 0.2% when compared to the prior three months, which was less than the 0.8% increase seen in the second quarter and the 1.0% increase expected. In morning trade, the euro decline against the dollar and little changed thereafter. ⚠️BREAKING:*EURO ZONE ANNUAL INFLATION RATE JUMPS TO 10.7% IN OCTOBER, HIGHEST LEVEL ON RECORD 🇪🇺🇩🇪🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/3qj1Ddy4dr — Investing.com (@Investingcom) October 31, 2022 Investors pleading with US Treasury department Investors in US government bonds are pleading with the Treasury department to intervene in the market in the hopes that this week will bring signs of potential buybacks following months of erratic price fluctuations and little liquidity. The fast rate hikes and quantitative tightening program implemented by the Federal Reserve this year have heightened the tension in the typically subdued $24 trillion Treasury market. When the Treasury announces its funding for the fourth quarter in the coming days, investors are hoping for hints about what it has in store. The cost of borrowing for the US government and the benchmark for prices across asset classes are determined by Treasury rates, which have fluctuated drastically in 2022. Even though the Treasury bond market is supposedly the most liquid in the world, the volatility has made it more difficult and expensive for investors to buy or sell Treasury bonds.Investors, strategists, and primary dealers anticipate that the Treasury will provide some information in the documents it releases this week after reviewing the survey's findings with them last week. The expected financing requirements for the fourth quarter and the Treasury's intentions for issuance will be revealed on Monday. Investors urge US Treasury to boost bond market liquidity with buyback scheme https://t.co/xlPeGVvvK2 — Financial Times (@FT) October 31, 2022 BoE to make UK economy estimates and interest rate decision The Bank of England will this week publish its latest decision on interest rates along with updated estimates for the UK economy in what is the most anxiously awaited monetary policy meeting in years. One of the most volatile periods in recent UK economic history preceded the BoE's most recent interest rate meeting on September 22. Liz Truss' "mini" Budget, which included £45 billion in unfunded tax cuts, caused a spike in government borrowing costs, necessitated an emergency BoE intervention, and increased mortgage rates for homeowners. In the government's autumn statement on November 17, the new prime minister Rishi Sunak promises a new economic plan that will demonstrate how debt would decrease as a share of gross domestic product over the medium term. Thus, without complete knowledge of Sunak's strategy, the BoE Monetary Policy Committee will be largely "flying blind" when it announces its interest rate decision on Thursday. Four things to watch out for are listed below. Interest rate decision. Economic growth and inflation forecasts. Quantitative tightening. Monetary policy management expectations. Four things to watch at the Bank of England’s rate-setting meeting https://t.co/u2hMRgYqu7 — Financial Times (@FT) October 31, 2022 Sources: ft.com, twitter.com, investing.com
Franc Records 11th Consecutive Daily Decline Against the Dollar as US Economic Concerns Mount

Non-transparent ETFs Have Been Struggling, Elon Musk Making Many Changes To Twitter, Pfizer COVID-19 Revenues Rise

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 01.11.2022 16:14
Summary: Since non-transparent ETFs were introduced two years ago, they have had difficulty gaining popularity. Elon Musk continues to make Twitter changes. Tuesday saw Pfizer increase its Covid-19 vaccine sales projection. Non-transparent ETFs Since the initial products were introduced two years ago, non-transparent ETFs have had difficulty gaining popularity among investors, according to data. According to Bryan Armour, director of passive strategies research for North America at Morningstar, portfolio-shielding ETFs had $4.4 billion in assets as of September 30, making up around 1.5% of the active ETF market. However, according to Morningstar data, only one ETF, the $2.1 billion Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF, has roughly half of those assets. After attracting attention from companies including BlackRock, Capital Group, Nuveen, Columbia Threadneedle, and American Century, non-transparent ETFs were given regulatory permission in December 2019. On March 31, 2020, American Century introduced the first actively managed non-transparent ETFs. According to the American Century website, the Focused Dynamic Growth ETF currently has $121 million and the Focused Large Cap Value ETF currently has $200 million. According to Armour, non-transparent ETFs have seen a decline in market share among active ETFs this year. According to him, active ETFs have organically increased by 19.8% year to date through September, outpacing non-active ETFs by 11.7 percentage points. Non-transparent ETFs have had a difficult time amassing assets in part because large broker-dealers have been reluctant to add the products to their systems. UBS, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management all announced this year that they will begin providing a limited selection of portfolio-shielding ETFs on their platforms. Overall, Nate Geraci, president of The ETF Store, stated that investor response to opaque ETFs has been "lukewarm at best" and "downright cold" at worst. Portfolio-shielding active ETFs struggle to gain ground https://t.co/ksLUzKPPkN — Finance News (@ftfinancenews) November 1, 2022 Twitter CEO continuing to make changes The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Twitter Inc., which billionaire Elon Musk acquired last week, will no longer permit customers of its Blue service to see content without advertisements. In June of last year, Twitter Blue, the platform's first subscription service that provided exclusive access to premium features including the ability to edit tweets, was introduced. Subscribers had access to some publishers' articles without being interrupted by adverts through the service. Last month, the social media site in the US made an edit option available to premium subscribers. According to news sources, Twitter is preparing additional modifications to its $4.99 per month Blue subscription tier, including adding user authentication. Musk added that charging a charge was the best way to "fight the bots & trolls" in a response to author Stephen King on Tuesday, asking if $8 was a price he would pay to be a verified user. $TWTR platform changes under Elon Musk “is literally like throwing spaghetti on the wall and seeing what sticks,” @binance CEO @cz_binance says, adding: “There should be new features every month, every week, every day.” pic.twitter.com/iUsW6pGH9C — Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) November 1, 2022 Pfizer revenue rises due to increase in COVID-19 vaccine sales Tuesday saw Pfizer increase its Covid-19 vaccine sales projection by $2 billion to $34 billion as higher pricing offset a drop in demand outside of the US. The US manufacturer claimed that high sales of several of its other medications and its bivalent booster, which targets the dominant strain of the Omicron type, helped it to somewhat offset the negative effects of a strong dollar. As a consequence of third-quarter results that exceeded analysts' estimates and allayed fears about waning demand for Covid products, the business kept its full-year target of $22 billion for sales of the Covid antiviral medication Paxlovid. Shares of Pfizer increased 3.5% in pre-market trading to reach $48.10. Pfizer reported third-quarter sales of $22.6 billion, which were more than experts had anticipated but were down 6% from the same period a year earlier when the pandemic was at its worst. The business raised its estimate for full-year 2022 earnings to a range between $6.40 and $6.50 per share. Additionally, it reduced its projected revenue to a range of $99.5 billion to $102 billion. 💉 Pfizer raises revenue view on higher-than-expected Covid-19 vaccine sales https://t.co/XlgVgQiGGl via @WSJ $PFE is +3.22% in pre-market trading. — Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) November 1, 2022 Sources: Twitter.com, ft.com, finance.yahoo.com
Disappointing German March macro data increase risk of technical recession

Airbnb Q3 Earnings Beat Market Expectations, ECB Puts Pressure On Banks Regarding Climate Change, Credit Suisse Just Misses Junk Status

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 02.11.2022 13:58
Summary: Airbnb Q4 earnings look dim. ECB to increase capital requirements for banks if they do not address climate change risks. S&P Global Ratings reduced Credit Suisse Group AG's. Airbnb anticipating poor booking outlook for Q4 Shares of Airbnb Inc. dropped after the firm provided a poor booking outlook for the fourth quarter, signaling that consumer preferences are changing back to urban and international locations rather than the more expensive rentals that were popular during the pandemic. In comparison to the third quarter's rise of 25%, the home-sharing platform said it anticipates the pace of nights and experiences booked will "slow significantly" in the fourth quarter. In the three months that ended in September, Airbnb reported 99.7 million nights and experiences booked, underperforming analysts' expectations of 99.9 million. Prior to the New York stock exchanges opening, the shares decreased by nearly 6% in premarket trading. In trading on Tuesday, the stock increased 2% to settle at $109.05 after falling 35% this year. Additionally, Airbnb stated that it anticipates average daily rates to moderate this quarter as a result of a strong currency and a trend in travelers returning to cities, where rates are often cheaper due to smaller facilities. With the low end of that range falling below Wall Street's estimate of $1.86 billion, the business projected fourth-quarter sales of between $1.80 billion and $1.88 billion. The somber prognosis comes after Airbnb had its most successful quarter and greatest quarterly revenue during the summer. The company's third-quarter earnings of $1.2 billion above analysts' expectations as revenue increased 29% to $2.88 billion. Before the numbers were made public, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Mandeep Singh and Damian Reimertz warned in a note that Airbnb could start competing again with hotels, which are currently seeing more inventory come back online following the pandemic downturn. $ABNB reports Q3 earnings that beat estimates, but comes in a bit low with Q4 guidance sending shares down. 👀 Q4 revenue forecast $1.80B to $1.88B vs $1.86B estimate💵 Revenue $2.88B vs $2.83B estimatehttps://t.co/RzAY1P67Ux — Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) November 1, 2022 ECB addressing Climate Risk After identifying numerous areas of concern, the European Central Bank increased the pressure on banks by warning them that if they don't address their financial risks related to climate change within the next two years, there will be increased capital requirements and fines. The ECB has sent letters to all of the major banks in the eurozone outlining 25 areas, on average, where it believes they are falling short in tackling climate risks and setting a deadline of 2024 to do so. The ECB announced on Wednesday that a "limited number" of banks have already had their capital requirements increased this year owing to concerns that they have not adequately addressed climate risks. This occurred in accordance with "pillar two" guidance, which, though not required, has a big impact on banks' capital management. The actions signal a substantial increase in the central bank's pressure on eurozone bankers to accelerate their efforts to identify, manage, and disclose climate risks in their balance sheets. Frank Elderson, vice-chair of the ECB's supervisory board, stated in a blog post that "the glass is slowly filling up, but it is not yet even half full." Credit Suisse just misses junk status ECB warns banks of capital hit if they fail to tackle climate risk https://t.co/ttlQoZDm1B — Finance News (@ftfinancenews) November 2, 2022 S&P Global Ratings reduced Credit Suisse Group AG's long-term rating to only one notch above junk status, highlighting the bank's difficulties following the announcement of a dramatic restructuring plan last week. The long-term rating of the Swiss bank was downgraded from BBB to BBB- with a stable outlook. Just one notch separates that from the BB "speculative grade." Following the restructuring's announcement on Thursday, the US ratings agency echoed a number of experts by stating that it saw "significant execution risks amid a deteriorating and uncertain economic and financial environment." Additionally, it indicated that many aspects of asset sales are still "unclear." As investors assessed the hefty costs of the plan, the low return expectations, and the massive dilution, Credit Suisse's new strategy led to the day's worst single-day decrease in share price ever, with shares falling 18%. The bank announced the strategic review as it reported a quarterly loss of 4.03 billion Swiss francs, which included a substantial impairment of deferred tax assets connected to the redesign. The restructure will result in the dissolution of the investment bank and will cost roughly $2.9 billion through 2024. S&P downgrades Credit Suisse Group, Moody's cuts some ratings https://t.co/n12QMnXBx5 pic.twitter.com/ASCCZSV3cg — Reuters (@Reuters) November 2, 2022 Sources: finance.yahoo.com, twitter.com, ft.com, reuters.com
CVs Health and Walgreens Are The Most Recent In The Line Of Settlements Concerning The Opioid Problem

CVs Health and Walgreens Are The Most Recent In The Line Of Settlements Concerning The Opioid Problem

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 02.11.2022 16:35
Summary: CVS Health and Walgreens, have agreed to pay roughly $10 billion. These are the first agreements made by pharmacy chains related to their involvement in the US opioid crisis. CVs Health and Walgreens settle opioid lawsuits The two largest US drugstore chains, CVS Health and Walgreens, have agreed to pay roughly $10 billion to resolve the majority of the ongoing legal disputes relating to the prescription of potent opioid medicines. These are the first agreements made by pharmacy chains related to their involvement in the US opioid crisis, which has resulted in tens of thousands of fatalities in recent years. “The agreement would fully resolve claims dating back a decade or more and is not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing,” the company added, as it released third-quarter results. “CVS Health will continue to defend against any litigation that the final agreement does not resolve.” With payments totaling around $4.79 billion over 15 years, Walgreens announced that it has achieved an agreement in principle to defend against the "vast majority" of opioid lawsuits brought against it by states. Under the deal, it anticipates paying native American tribes an additional $154 million. According to Walgreens, the agreements did not include the firm admitting any wrongdoing or guilt. According to a Tuesday Bloomberg News article, a $12 billion opioid settlement agreement had been reached between CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. The in-principle agreements reached with CVS and Walgreens "are an important step in our efforts to hold pharmacy defendants accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic," according to the negotiating team in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, a group of senior attorneys who have been working on the opioid lawsuits. The settlements with CVS and Walgreens are the most recent in a line of settlements concerning the opioid problem. CVs Price Chart Sources: ft.com, finance.yahoo.com
Solid Wage Growth in Poland Signals Improving Labor Market Conditions

BoE Hikes Interest Rates 75bps, ECB Feeling Post-fed Interest Rate Hike Repercussions, Fed Hikes Interest Rates 75bps

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 03.11.2022 15:49
Summary: The Bank of England increased interest rates by 0.75 percentage points to 3%. The Fed, which has an impact on international markets, must be monitored by the ECB. Jay Powell forewarned that US interest rates may rise higher than anticipated. BoE interest rate hikes The Bank of England increased interest rates by 0.75 percentage points to 3% in order to combat inflation in a way that hasn't been attempted in the past 30 years. The central bank offered unusually strong guidance that interest rates wouldn't need to rise much higher to bring inflation back to its objective of 2%, despite predicting a "particularly tough outlook" with a protracted recession ahead. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England stated that market estimates for an interest rate peak of 5.25 percent were excessively high. According to the statement, the majority of the committee thought that "additional hikes" could be necessary "for a durable return of inflation to goal, albeit to a peak lower than priced into financial markets." BoE’s latest interest rate hike was was aggressive The BoE's decision followed a similar move by the European Central Bank last week and a 0.75 percentage point increase by the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday. The official interest rate in the UK reached its highest point since late 2008 after being raised to 3%. Aside from a sharply reversible jump on September 16, 1992, often known as "Black Wednesday," it is the biggest increase since 1989. A bigger rise at the meeting "would help to bring inflation back to the 2% target sustainably in the medium term, and to minimise the risks of a more lengthy and costly tightening later," according to the meeting minutes, which were approved by seven of the nine MPC members. ⚠️BREAKING:*BANK OF ENGLAND RAISES KEY INTEREST RATE BY 75BPS TO 3.00%, LARGEST RATE HIKE SINCE 1989🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/A3rx8jpeLz — Investing.com (@Investingcom) November 3, 2022 ECB facing repercussions from aggressive Fed The U.S. Federal Reserve, which has an impact on international markets, must be monitored by the European Central Bank, but it cannot simply copy its policy decisions, according to ECB President Christine Lagarde on Thursday, following the Fed's guidance for even higher interest rates. On Wednesday, the Fed increased its benchmark rate by another 75 basis points. Fed chair Jerome Powell also stated that borrowing costs would need to increase "higher than previously projected" in order to combat inflation, which caused investors to price in additional ECB rate increases as well. But Lagarde argued that because economic conditions in the 19-country euro zone were different from those in the United States (and the ECB itself raised rates by 75 basis points last week), the ECB could not simply mimic the Fed. This point was also made by ECB board member Fabio Panetta and Bank of Italy governor Ignazio Visco. Lagarde acknowledges ECB was affected by the Fed’s actions Lagarde acknowledged that the ECB was "affected by the repercussions" of Fed action on the financial markets, particularly the decline in the value of the euro relative to the dollar on Thursday. Lagarde reiterated her commitment to bringing inflation down to the ECB's 2% objective by stating that "clearly the exchange rate matters and has to be taken into account in our inflation projections." According to ECB data released on Thursday, the interest rate that banks seek from businesses increased by 55 basis points in September, the largest monthly increase since the creation of the euro, to stand at 2.41%. Since 2015, this was the highest. *ECB PRESIDENT LAGARDE: A RECESSION WON'T BE SUFFICIENT TO SETTLE INFLATION🇪🇺🇩🇪🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/zcfEzCi1ZB — Investing.com (@Investingcom) November 3, 2022 Fed may slow down their interest rate hiking cyc;e Jay Powell forewarned that US interest rates may rise higher than anticipated, but he also left open the prospect that the Federal Reserve might slow down its drive to tighten monetary policy. Speaking after the central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percentage points for the fourth time in a row, Powell cautioned that there was still work to be done in bringing down inflation and cited a number of economic indicators to support his claim. Powell did, however, provide a suggestion that policymakers would be open to adopting a less drastic rise at the Fed's upcoming meeting in December. The following meeting or the one after that may mark the beginning of that period. Powell made a crucial point when he noted that before transitioning to lesser hikes, the Fed did not need to wait for several months of lower inflation data. ⚠️BREAKING:*FED CHAIR POWELL SAYS TIME TO SLOW RATE HIKES MAY COME 'AS SOON AS NEXT MEETING'$DIA $SPY $QQQ 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 — Investing.com (@Investingcom) November 2, 2022 Sources: twitter.com, investing.com, ft.com
Analysis And Trips For Trading The GBP/USD Pair In Short And Long Positions

US Unemployment Rate Increased To 3.7%, UK Private Wealth Portfolios, PBoC Trying To Gain Access To Top Internet Companies Data

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 04.11.2022 14:54
Summary: In the biggest economy in the world, the jobless rate rose from 3.5% to 3.7% last month. The real worth of UK private wealth portfolios decreased by up to one-third. Beijing is working to tighten its control over the nation's digital sector. US Unemployment rate rises In October, the U.S. economy created 261,000 new jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The carefully watched reading from last Friday was lower than the upwardly revised amount of 315,000 in September but still higher above economists' projections of 200,000. In the biggest economy in the world, the jobless rate rose from 3.5% to 3.7% last month. The number was expected to increase to 3.6%, according to economists. However, a jump in the unemployment rate to 3.7% signaled some easing in labor market conditions, which would allow the Federal Reserve to tilt towards smaller interest rate hikes beginning in December. In October, U.S. firms employed more workers than anticipated. 200,000 jobs were predicted by economists surveyed by Reuters, with estimates ranging from 120,000 to 300,000. After rising 5.0% in September due to the removal of previous year's significant increases from the computation, wages climbed by 4.7% annually in October. Additionally, other pay metrics have cooled off, which is positive for inflation. The Fed impact on Unemployment The Fed announced a fresh 75 basis point increase in interest rates on Wednesday and warned that future increases in borrowing costs will be necessary to combat inflation, but it also hinted that it may be nearing the end of the sharpest tightening of monetary policy in 40 years. Because businesses have been replacing workers who would have gone, job growth has remained strong despite a decline in domestic demand and an increase in borrowing prices. However, with recession threats rising, this practice may soon come to an end. According to a poll released by the Institute for Supply Management on Thursday, some businesses in the services sector "are delaying backfilling available positions" because of the unstable economic climate. ⚠️BREAKING:*U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES TO 3.7% AS ECONOMY ADDS 261,000 JOBS IN OCTOBER 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Z0fiqgAI5X — Investing.com (@Investingcom) November 4, 2022 UK Private wealth portfolios under pressure In the first nine months of this year, the real worth of UK private wealth portfolios decreased by up to one-third on average as people's purchasing power was hammered by a combination of investment losses, inflation, and a weak pound. According to research by Asset Risk Consultants (ARC), which examined the performance of strategies employed by more than 100 significant UK wealth managers, UK wealth management portfolios lost about 10% on average in the year ending in September, but price increases and the decline in the value of the pound against the US dollar increased the losses. The numbers demonstrate that for UK investors this year, inflation and currency fluctuations have destroyed much more real value than the concrete losses on investment portfolios. Investors, according to Harrison, frequently think of their wealth in terms of a fixed amount and fail to mentally adapt when the purchasing power of their assets changes. The sector responsible for managing the wealth of wealthy families is predicated on the principle of protecting money, therefore the losses will cause wealth managers and their customers to have difficult conversations. UK private wealth portfolios down by up to a third https://t.co/TnUgAX5XGA — Finance News (@ftfinancenews) November 4, 2022 PBoC trying to control digital sector The Chinese central bank is having trouble persuading more than a dozen top internet companies to meet a deadline in December for sharing user data with state-backed credit-scoring firms. Beijing is working to tighten its control over the nation's digital sector and consumer financing, which is why there is a dispute over who should govern access to the internet companies' enormous troves of user data. According to insiders briefed on the negotiations, the People's Bank of China asked Tencent, Meituan, and other significant platforms to provide user data with two state-backed businesses, Baihang and Pudao, by the beginning of next month. This data includes everything from shopping records to travel histories. PBoC struggles to impose personal data regime on China’s tech groups https://t.co/Olv9Tl3iMK — Finance News (@ftfinancenews) November 4, 2022 Sources: ft.com, investing.com, twitter.com
Apple Stock Price, Microsoft, Amazon And Tesla (TSLA) Added A Lot Since July! How Deep Could EUR/USD Drop?

Telsa (TSLA) stock price has tanked 12% since Musk took control of Twitter (TWTR) on October 27

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 08.11.2022 18:59
Summary: Twitter does not make money like Tesla. The serial entrepreneur made an effort to reassure Tesla's supporters and investors . Investor confidence in Musk is lacking The maker of high-end electric vehicles appears to be going through a similar experience to that of an orphaned kid or a beloved who has fallen from grace. Elon Musk, the company's dynamic and forward-thinking co-founder and CEO, appears to have lost interest in it. Put the blame on Twitter (TWTR), which needs a lot of attention due to its enormous influence on public and political life. While Twitter does not make money like Tesla, it is nonetheless seen as our generation's equivalent of the town square, where trend-setters and opinion leaders congregate. Twitter sets the daily political agenda and the conversational subjects that eventually predominate in mainstream media coverage. Responsibility also comes with this authority. You are responsible for the content management policy, which requires constant vigilance. Any error in the content that is put on the platform has the potential to spark controversy, which can be difficult and time-consuming to resolve. Musk paid too much for Twitter—$44 billion. As part of the leveraged buyout, the billionaire owes around $13 billion in debt, which is secured by his remaining Tesla stock. He has been looking for ways to make money for the social network since he took control on October 27. But as Musk becomes more active on Twitter, Tesla's stock price declines. At the Baron Investment Conference on November 4, the billionaire claimed that since he bought Twitter, his workload had increased from "78 hours a week to perhaps 120." The serial entrepreneur made an effort to reassure Tesla's supporters and investors by claiming that he was still actively involved in the company's management. The message didn't reassure anyone. Since that time, Wall Street has seen a continuous decline in the price of Tesla stock. Tesla shares dropped to $196.66 at the close of trade on November 7—their lowest price in 52 weeks. Since Musk sealed the Twitter agreement on October 27, Tesla stock has fallen 12.4%. Tesla shares have lost a total of 41.2% of their value, or $197.08, since Musk revealed his offer on April 25. This results in a market value decline of about $436 billion. The holding company of renowned investor Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), surpassed Tesla on November 7 to become the sixth-largest corporation in the world by market capitalization. TSLA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
The US Dollar Index Is Producing A Reasonable Bullish Divergence

US core and headline inflation data missed market expectations in both the YoY and MoM figures

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 10.11.2022 14:42
Summary: The CPI inflation data missed market expectations for October. Initial market reaction in the wake of the release of the data. US CPI data missed market expectations Since the Dollar is struggling to maintain rallies, a significant positive surprise from Thursday's inflation data is necessary for the bulls to retake the lead. Markets anticipated an increase of 0.6% month-over-month for October, bringing the year-over-year gain to 8.0%, slightly less than September's 8.2%, when the U.S. inflation data was revealed at 13:30 GMT. It is anticipated that the crucial core inflation number would come in at 0.5% month over month and 6.5% year over year.   Because the actual number did not match the estimates for both the headline and core inflation rates which are the Fed's preferred measure—however, excludes food and energy—were expected to be lower but still high. Anything above 8% and 6.5%, however, might reverse the recent USD slump and keep the Fed on the hawkish side of things. Since the FOMC meeting last week, the peak rates for the Fed in 2023 have decreased, moving from 5.1% to a level closer to 5%. US CPI inflation MoM came in at 0.3%, missing market expectations and the YoY figure came in at 6.3%, also missing market expectations. This could mean that the halt in the US dollar rally may extend further. The markets reaction to the release of the CPI data The mechanics for the Dollar are straightforward: a beat would have been consistent with a rise as investors are compelled to plan for future interest rate increases from the U.S. Federal Reserve. A negative surprise was expected given the weaker dollar and the idea that "peak rates" have finally been reached. The size of the variance is crucial since it determines how responsive currency markets are. The initial market reaction saw the EUR/USD currency pair strengthened as well as with the GBP/USD pair, S&P 500 dropped and the USD/JPY weakened in the wake of the release of this data. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, poundsterlinglive.com, dailyfx.com
Binance Academy: Coin Burn - What Is It?

FTX crash causing its auditors to come into question

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 14.11.2022 17:45
Summary: FTX had its 2021 financial reports audited. A run on customer deposits began the downfall of FTX. The downfall of the FTX crypto Two US accounting companies that the cryptocurrency exchange claimed it had hired to examine its books have come under scrutiny as a result of FTX's demise. FTX asserted that Armanino, one of the 20 largest accounting companies in the nation by sales, and Prager Metis, which bills itself as the first accounting company to open a headquarters in the metaverse, had audited its 2021 financial reports. Even though the accounting regulations for digital assets are frequently ambiguous and businesses are still in their infancy, the two firms are among many in the US that have professed expertise in digital assets in a bid to seek business from the rising number of crypto enterprises. Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, hailed the audit of the company's financial results as a turning point last year, but neither the accounts nor the auditors' names were made public until the day before FTX filed for bankruptcy on Friday. When Forbes magazine was putting together a ranking of cryptocurrency exchanges earlier this year, the publication claimed that FTX gave it "a trove of information on its operations, including most of the companies it did business with, when its last audits were, and details on its regulatory licenses." (FTX eventually came in sixth.) FTX accounting firm is in the spotlight Both accounting firms declined to comment on the extent of their work for FTX or the time since they last provided an audit opinion. A run on customer deposits at its international exchange that followed revelations about the exchange's complex connections to other parts of Bankman-crypto Fried's enterprise brought down FTX. According to those acquainted with the company's finances, his trading outfit Alameda Research owing FTX $10 billion this week. FTX token price chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com
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Nike, the market leader in fashion NFTs, to unveil DOT Swoosh, risk appetite in the market increased, AMZN to layoff 1% of its workforce

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 15.11.2022 13:20
Summary: Dot Swoosh is a new Web3 platform and ecosystem that Nike is announcing today. Tuesday saw gains in Treasury yields across the board. Amazon (AMZN) is ready to fire around 10,000 employees as soon as this week. Nike announcing DOT Swoosh Nike bought the digital design company Rtfkt last year, and as a result, has emerged as a market leader in fashion NFTs. The sporting juggernaut is currently working on a stand-alone Web3 campaign intended to appeal to traditional brand followers rather than the early adopters who are well-versed in cryptocurrencies. Dot Swoosh is a new Web3 platform and ecosystem that Nike is announcing today. It is located at the domain Swoosh.nike. The initiative is a part of Nike Virtual Studios, which is run by former Snkrs app head and VP Ron Faris. According to Faris, Nike will house its virtual creations on Dot Swoosh, which debuts this Friday. Access is granted by an access code and registration is open as of right now.) In January, a debut digital collection will be released.According to Faris, who is in charge of Nike's blockchain, Web3, and metaverse strategies, the platform will allow users to buy, display, and exchange physical and digital goods as well as products they have created together. Nike has generated at least $185.3 million in income from Web3 products so far, which puts it ahead of rivals Adidas ($11 million) and Puma ($1.3 million), thanks to NFT sales from Rtfkt and with them the Web3-native company's pre-acquisition NFT collections. About half of Nike's total revenue came from Rtfkt's CloneX NFT avatar line, highlighting the significance of the acquisition for Nike's Web3 strategy thus far. A new platform from Nike Virtual Studios aims to onboard the #Web3 curious among Nike consumers, with a roadmap that borrows from @RTFKT’s playbook. https://t.co/RINZYZm0gI — Vogue Business (@voguebusiness) November 14, 2022 EU Stocks supported by increase in risk appetite Tuesday saw gains in Treasury yields across the board as investors re-entered booming equity markets following some profit-taking in the previous day. European equities and US futures also increased. After Xi Jinping and Joe Biden expressed a desire to strengthen US-China relations during their meeting on Monday before the G20 summit in Indonesia, and Beijing took action to relax some economic limitations, Asian markets saw significant gains. The market changes follow the US consumer prices index coming in below economists' expectations last week, which boosted US equities markets (the S&P 500 gained 5.5% on Thursday) and depressed the dollar. The Federal Reserve is under less pressure to raise interest rates by 0.75 percentage points for the fifth time in a row when it meets in December as a result of October's inflation figures. However, other analysts think that investors have become overly enthusiastic. In the lack of new economic information, Mike Zigmont, head of trading and research at Harvest Volatility Management, claimed that the argument over whether the most recent increase in stock prices marks the beginning of a true bull run or merely a bear market rebound is essentially pointless. European stocks rise as appetite for risk sparks rallies across markets https://t.co/3UVwb9E1va — Financial Times (@FT) November 15, 2022 AMAZON to layoff 1% of its global workforce According to unnamed persons familiar with the situation, The New York Times claimed on Monday that Amazon (AMZN) is ready to fire around 10,000 employees as soon as this week. The layoffs occur as the tech sector struggles to remain competitive in the face of a sluggish economy, rising interest rates, and persistent inflation. This month, thousands of employees were also let off by Twitter and Facebook's parent company Meta. The Times reports that the layoffs will have an effect on Amazon's Alexa business as well as the company's retail and human resources businesses. The Alexa group at Amazon, which creates the Echo hardware and related software, suffers annual losses of up to $5 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited internal papers it had examined. Amazon has joined the growing list of IT firms that have either frozen hiring or implemented layoffs. The 10,000 positions represent about 1% of Amazon's 1.5 million global employees. According to The Times, the precise number of anticipated layoffs may alter before they are officially revealed. On Nov. 3, Amazon declared a hiring moratorium. Amazon to lay off 10,000 workers as soon as this week: New York Times https://t.co/apeIJsSSV1 by @DanielHowley $AMZN — Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) November 15, 2022 Sources: finance.yahoo.com, voguebusiness.com, ft.com, twitter.com
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European chipmakers seek stability in the wake of new US export restrictions

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 15.11.2022 19:13
Summary: European chipmakers said they are looking for stability for their operations. Washington's export restrictions hinder operations of global supply chains. Chipmakers seeking stability Leading European chipmakers said they are looking for stability for their operations in China as Washington's export restrictions hinder operations of global supply chains. STMicroelectronics, Infineon, and NXP Semiconductors' chief executives stated on Monday that while they are in compliance with Washington's export restrictions against China's semiconductor industry, they do not have any plans to stop doing business in the Asian nation, which has the second-largest economy in the world. One of the largest semiconductor trade fairs in Europe, Electronica in Munich, hosted the CEO Roundtable special event where the remarks were made. Early in October, the US Department of Commerce began a fresh wave of export control measures to limit China's capacity to develop cutting-edge computer and artificial intelligence technology by limiting access to US technologies. As their products for the Chinese market are more about mature chip production technology than the advanced ones targeted by Washington, European companies who supply tools used in chip production, like ASML, and European chipmakers are less affected by the new laws than American companies. Geopolitical unrest for European chipmakers However, European chip companies are concerned that the geopolitical unrest brought on by the escalating hostilities between Washington and Beijing will stymie their business activities in China. The Joe Biden administration reportedly tried to establish a trilateral deal with Japan and the Netherlands on Sunday, according to the Financial Times, in order to make it more challenging for China to produce cutting-edge semiconductors for military applications. Despite the fact that the new regulations have no impact on NXP's operations in China, Sievers said the company has advised its US-based employees to stop communicating with clients who are engaged in the semiconductor manufacturing industry in China since the regulations went into effect last month. Sources: ft.com
Musk testified in Delaware court on Wednesday claiming he had little say in the Tesla payout that helped him become the world's richest man

Musk testified in Delaware court on Wednesday claiming he had little say in the Tesla payout that helped him become the world's richest man

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 16.11.2022 18:54
Summary: Elon Musk testified that he was not involved in the pay negotiations. Shareholders claim the board is made up of Musks ‘pals’. Musk testified on Wednesday On Wednesday, Elon Musk testified that he was not involved in the negotiations among Tesla board members about a 2018 compensation plan that gave him billions in stock options and helped him become the richest person in the world. Speaking in a Wilmington, Delaware courtroom, Mr. Musk rebutted claims made in a shareholder complaint that the board of the electric car company was comprised primarily of his pals and other close associates who carried out his orders. In the lawsuit in which Mr. Musk is testifying, the focus is on a compensation package that provided Mr. Musk stock options that allowed him the ability to purchase nearly $50 billion worth of Tesla shares if the firm fulfilled specific sales, profit, and share price gain benchmarks. The agreement was one of the biggest of its kind at the time, and many other business boards have used it as a model to reward top executives. Attorneys for the shareholder Richard Tornetta, who filed the lawsuit, claim in court filings that Mr. Musk began discussing his remuneration package with Ira Ehrenpreis, the director who oversaw the board's compensation committee, in April 2017. Additionally, the plaintiff's attorneys claimed in court documents that Tesla directors and executives testified that the board did not anticipate Mr. Musk leaving the organization and had not started to find suitable successors to him. The company's shares started rising substantially more than a year after the 2018 Tesla compensation agreement was implemented, increasing from about $21 to a record of about $410 in November 2021. Since then, it has decreased by roughly 50% and currently costs around $190. Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery is hearing the issue. She also ruled over the brief legal action Twitter brought against Mr. Musk in July to compel him to complete the acquisition of the social media giant after he attempted to back out of the transaction. Last month, Mr. Musk closed the transaction. TSLA price chart SourceS: finance.yahoo.com, nytimes.com
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NVIDIA (NVDA) Q3 earnings results outperformed part of the markets forecasts

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 17.11.2022 17:59
Summary: Revenue surpassed analysts' projections, earnings per share lagged behind. Nivida’s Q4 revenue estimates fell short of investor expectations. NVIDIA Q3 earnings The industry leader in graphics chips, Nvidia (NVDA), released its Q3 earnings results after the market closed on Wednesday. While revenue surpassed analysts' projections, earnings per share lagged behind. According to data provided by Bloomberg, the company outperformed Wall Street forecasts in the following areas: revenue ($5.93 billion vs. $5.79 billion projected). EPS after adjustments: $0.58 vs. $0.70 anticipated. Gaming income was $1.57 billion as opposed to the predicted $1.32 billion. Revenue from data centers: $3.83 billion versus $3.7 billion anticipated. With a $6 billion forecast, Nvidia's Q4 sales fell just shy of Wall Street estimates. Analysts anticipated $6.09 billion. Shares of Nvidia increased by about 2% after the revelation. In the quarter, income from data centers increased by about 31% year over year, but revenue from gaming fell by 51%. As consumer and commercial demand for electronics has decreased following the enormous rise the sector experienced during the epidemic, chip stocks have taken a beating this year. After stocking up during shutdowns, consumers don't need as many computers, and businesses already have plenty of equipment for their remote and hybrid workers. The future of NVIDIA Nvidia reduced chip manufacturing in Q2 while CEO Jensen Huang informed investors that the business was attempting to better match inventory to chip demand. During the pandemic, Nvidia's graphics chips were in such great demand that they were fetching hundreds of dollars more than their retail costs. However, as people resumed their pre-pandemic lifestyles, demand for chips decreased and prices returned to normal. Nvidia is also making efforts to maintain its ability to sell its premium goods in China. As a substitute for the A100 chip, which the U.S. government claimed was too potent to be shipped to China, Nvidia started selling its new A800 processor there during Q3 of this year. The administration is concerned that China will employ the technology for military purposes. NVDA Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com
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Oil bounces off a 10-month low on OPEC not considering increasing oil output

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 21.11.2022 18:58
Summary: Oil prices rose from a 10-month low on Monday. G7 countries are planning to cap the price of Russian crude. OPEC are not planning an increase in oil output After Saudi Arabia "categorically" dismissed a report that Opec was considering an increase in output to help offset the loss of Russian supply, oil prices rose from a 10-month low on Monday. The international standard for crude oil, Brent, initially fell 6% to $82.79 per barrel before reducing its loss to 2% and trading at $85.95. The US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, fell by a similar amount but later pared its losses to trade down about 2% at $78.50. Each benchmark's price fell to its lowest intraday level since January as a result. This was before Russia's invasion of Ukraine upended the world's crude markets and caused prices to skyrocket. After the Wall Street Journal revealed that Saudi Arabia and other Opec producers were debating increasing output by up to 500,000 barrels per day at the group's meeting in Vienna on December 4, the market became volatile. The cartel's de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, later claimed that it was "well known" that no decisions were discussed before meetings. Additionally, it would occur the day before the EU is scheduled to impose an embargo on oil exports from Russia and the G7 countries are planning to cap the price of Russian crude. The US dollar index, which compares the US dollar to six other currencies, increased 1% on Monday, continuing the comeback from the previous week, even though the US dollar is still down roughly 3% for the month of November. The lower-than-expected US inflation number for October and expectations that China might be about to loosen its zero-Covid stance had fueled speculation that the dollar may have peaked in late September. This week, however, investors had less confidence in the latter after the provincial capitals of Shijiazhuang and Guangzhou implemented stricter Covid controls to reduce cases. Sources: ft.com
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Elon Musk net worth has dropped by 37% in 2022

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 22.11.2022 19:46
Summary: Musk hasn't been the same since he lost his position at the $200 billion club. Tesla shares are being weighed down by Musk’s twitter takeover. Musk’s fortune is declining with Teslas share value He was the only member for more than ten months of the world's most exclusive financial club, which has never had more than two members present at once. Up until a few weeks ago, the CEO of Tesla - Get Free Report and owner of the microblogging website Twitter had been a frequent visitor there. The $200 billion club that is. Musk hasn't been the same since he lost his position there. If the eccentric visionary is still the richest man in the world, his money has been declining. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk possessed a fortune of $170 billion as of Nov. 21. But this year, his net worth dropped by $101 billion, or 37%. Since Musk announced his takeover attempt on April 25, Tesla shares have dropped nearly 50% to $167.87, resulting in a $525 billion decline in market capitalization. Tesla shares have fallen 25% after the billionaire closed the Twitter transaction on October 27, representing a loss in market value of $180 billion in less than a month. The price of Tesla shares is down 52.4% overall for the year. Since Musk took on $13 billion in personal debt to fund the acquisition, his early moves at Twitter produced confusion, which made it even harder for him to turn the site profitable as soon as possible. He implemented waves of layoffs, issued a deadline to workers, and reactivated the account of former President Donald Trump, who had been blocked by the social network following the events of January 6, 2021 on Capitol Hill. Two-thirds of the staff, or 5,000 workers, left as a result of all this. The seasoned businessman recently said that since gaining control of Twitter, he had little time to sleep. The ongoing decrease in Tesla stock, which accounts for a sizable portion of Musk's wealth, is hurting him. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, thestreet.com
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Wealthy clients are withdrawing assets from Credit Suisse accounts

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 23.11.2022 18:48
Summary: Wealthy clients have withdrawn up to 10% of their assets from Credit Suisse. The bank has been using liquidity buffers. Credit Suisse stocks are suffering. Credit suisse stock price is taking a dive Since the beginning of October, wealthy clients have withdrawn up to 10% of their assets, according to the troubled Swiss bank Credit Suisse, which has estimated a pre-tax loss of up to SFr1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) for the fourth quarter. The bank stated in its fourth profit warning since January that the size of the client outflows, which came after a series of social media rumors about its financial health, had caused the bank to use up liquidity buffers at the group and legal entity level. According to Credit Suisse, it "fell short of some legal entity-level regulatory criteria." According to the statement, the wealth management division has experienced outflows totaling roughly SFr63.5 billion, or 10% of the assets under management at the end of the third quarter. The bank lost about SFr84 billion ($89 billion) in assets across the board as clients in wealth management, asset management, and retail banking switched their cash holdings, investments, and deposits to rivals. According to the statement, the wealth management division has experienced withdrawals totaling roughly SFr63.5 billion, or 10% of the assets under control at the end of the third quarter. The bank also reaffirmed its capital ratio guideline from last month, which aimed for a common equity tier one ratio of more than 13.5% by 2025 and at least 13% from 2023 to 2025 as a measure of financial stability. It did, however, show that since the end of September, the liquidity capital ratio, which measures a company's capacity to absorb short-term stress, had dropped from 192% to a daily average of 140%. Regulators mandate that the bank maintain a percentage above 100%. CS Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com
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Twitter’s closure of Brussels headquarters raises concerns

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 24.11.2022 15:52
Summary: Elon Musk shut down Twitter's entire Brussels headquarters. Concerns about whether twitter has the manpower to ensure adherence to local legislation. Twitter sparking online safety issues After a disagreement over how the social network's content should be regulated in the Union, Elon Musk shut down Twitter's entire Brussels headquarters. According to the Financial Times, Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, who were in charge of Twitter's digital policy in Europe, left the business last week. The executives were instrumental in getting the business to abide by the landmark EU Digital Services Act, which went into effect last week and established new guidelines for Big Tech companies to protect users' privacy online. At the beginning of the month, other executives had already left the tiny Brussels headquarters after Elon Musk cut the number of employees in the company in half, from 7,500 to about 3,750, in the weeks following his £38 billion takeover. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted that "the bird is liberated" after completing his platform acquisition. Thierry Breton, a European commissioner, curtly reminded everyone of the EU's content-moderation standards shortly after that and said, "In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules." As he began a hiring push, Mr. Musk had previously stated that Twitter's recent round of layoffs would end this week. Twitter’s global legislation The departures from Brussels are indicative of a global trend that started in India and moved to France, where regional Twitter executives who held important positions dealing with government officials suddenly left the company in recent weeks as a result of sweeping layoffs. This has raised concerns about whether the business has the manpower to ensure adherence to local legislation intended to monitor internet material, raising the possibility of legal action and regulatory action against the business. Data showing a 5% annual decline in hate speech removals from Twitter was released by the European Commission on Thursday. These problems come as Musk's attempts to overhaul Twitter's operations have encountered difficulties, particularly with regard to the user identity verification process. Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com
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Meta fined by Irish regulators amidst privacy concerns

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 28.11.2022 19:04
Summary: Meta has frequently been the target of privacy regulators around the world. Irish privacy authorities announced a fine for Meta. Meta fined by Ireland’s privacy authority Ireland's privacy authority has fined Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, €265 million for its treatment of user data, bringing the total amount the technology giant has been fined by European regulators to close to €1 billion. The Irish Data Protection Commission's announcement of the fine on Monday brings to a close an investigation that began in April of last year after information about more than 500 million Facebook and Instagram users was posted online. Since the company's European headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland's data watchdog frequently leads the charge in Europe. Meta has frequently been the target of privacy regulators around the world. The most recent punishment is a further setback for Meta, which earlier this month let go more than 11,000 employees as it restructured its operations in response to a decrease in revenues and intense competition from rivals like TikTok. From $10.39 billion the year before, Meta's net income decreased to $6.69 billion. The Irish fine is related to a feature that allows users to import contacts from their phones into the Facebook or Instagram app in order to find friends and acquaintances. 2019 saw the publication on a hacking forum of the personal information of 533 million people from 106 different countries, including names, addresses, and some email addresses. The vulnerability on this feature, where data could be gathered by outside parties through a procedure called scraping, was later fixed by Facebook. Companies who violate the bloc's privacy laws risk fines of up to 4% of their global revenue. Other countries have pursued privacy violations as well. The largest ever fine for violating the EU's GDPR regulations was levied against Amazon last year by Luxembourg, who fined the company €746 million for violating data privacy laws. Meta Price Chart Sources: finance.yahoo.com, ft.com
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HSBC to sell its Canadian operations for $10 billion to the Royal Bank of Canada

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 29.11.2022 19:28
Summary: HSBC has agreed to sell its Canadian operations to RBC. HSBC’s share price increased on Tuesday. RBC's acquisition represents the country's first significant domestic transaction in ten years. HSBC to sell its canadian operations to RBC As the lender curtails its global network outside of Asia in response to demands from its largest investor to separate, HSBC has agreed to sell its Canadian operations to Royal Bank of Canada for $10 billion. On hearing about the purchase, HSBC's shares increased by over 5%. The bank also indicated that it would return some of the proceeds to investors. With the acquisition, RBC gained 130 locations and more than 780,000 retail and business clients. If authorities accept the merger, RBC, who is now Canada's largest lender by assets, would strengthen its position. The biggest stakeholder at HSBC, the Chinese insurer Ping An, has been exerting consistent pressure on Quinn and chair Mark Tucker to separate the bank's Asian and western operations. In an era of hostile US-China geopolitics, Ping An has criticized the bank for years of subpar performance, chronically high costs, and a declining share price, arguing that the bank can no longer efficiently operate by straddling east and west. The sale in Canada comes after comparable divestitures of unprofitable consumer businesses in France and the US. When HSBC sold its French retail network to Cerberus for €1 last year, it suffered a $3 billion loss. The business was Canada's sixth-largest bank with assets of CAD134 billion, and RBC's acquisition of it represents the country's first significant domestic transaction in ten years. Most lenders have chosen to expand in the US instead of Canada due to concerns about competition in that country's highly consolidated banking sector. BNP Paribas and Bank of Montreal reached an agreement last year to sell the San Francisco-based Bank of the West for $16.3 billion. HSBC Price Chart Sources: ft.com, finance.yahoo.com
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Failure of investors to ask enough questions, Europe's energy price cap struggles, China’s covid dilemma.

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 30.11.2022 09:37
Summary: A broad failure of investors asking questions before investing in start-ups has been exposed this past month. The EU has worked to quickly reduce its reliance on Russian fossil fuels. This week, rallies against Beijing's "zero-Covid" policy took place. Investors failure to ask questions weighing on the investment industry’s reputation The professional investment industry's reputation has had a terrible month. The demise of FTX exposed the fact that a cryptocurrency exchange with fewer financial controls than Enron had been receiving investments from everyone, from edgy hedge funds to conservative pension and sovereign wealth funds. For Theranos, a fraudulent blood-testing business that duped media magnate Rupert Murdoch and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Elizabeth Holmes was given an 11-year prison term. Shares of IT companies that went public in the 2020–21 Spac craze are down significantly, and many crypto firms are in peril. Despite claiming to be "supported by the greatest," including SoFi, Tiger Global, and Peter Thiel, BlockFi filed for bankruptcy on Monday. Veteran Silicon Valley dealmakers claim that when venture investors stopped attempting to identify and support the most intelligent entrepreneurs and instead began doling out cash, standards have slowly eroded. The VC model has always assumed that the majority of start-up businesses fail, but that investors are made up for their losses by investing in advance of a few significant winners. However, this strategy has evolved from early investment rounds involving a few million dollars to massive agreements involving billions due to decades of easy money and a lack of respectable yields from safer alternatives. Doesn’t anyone do due diligence any more? https://t.co/hIiUn78Qbn — Financial Times (@FT) November 30, 2022 Europe’s energy price cap struggles Since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, the EU has worked to quickly reduce its reliance on Russian fossil fuels while keeping costs under control, but the outcomes of these efforts have been rather uneven. More swiftly than many officials and analysts had anticipated, the bloc has been able to reduce its reliance on Russian oil and gas, but efforts to address the region's skyrocketing energy costs have resulted in bitter disagreements in the EU's capitals. Critics who claimed that a cap on month-ahead wholesale gas of €275 per megawatt hour, as proposed by Brussels last week, would not have addressed this summer's price increase called the idea a "laugh." RePowerEU, a €210 billion plan presented by the EU in May, aims to boost domestic fossil fuel production while accelerating the deployment of renewable energy sources. After energy ministers agreed to a voluntary goal to cut consumption by 15% across the bloc in July, there has also been success in reducing gas demand. Previously, about 40% of the EU's supply came from Russian pipelines; today, that percentage is less than 8%. EU members have started to replace the 155 bcm of Russian pipeline gas each year. Price cap problems: Europe struggles to form a wartime energy policy https://t.co/3oGhcZTgwH — Financial Times (@FT) November 30, 2022 China’s covid predicament China is in a situation that is essentially hopeless. This week, rallies against Beijing's "zero-Covid" policy took place in numerous places around the nation, revealing a level of public rage not seen since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. However, relaxing China's Covid regulations and possibly igniting a "exit wave" of infections might result in the wintertime deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of senior individuals. The harm that this situation is doing to China's reputation as a whole as well as its president, Xi Jinping, is real. Despite the skilled efforts of Chinese censors to artistically remove crowd scenes from World Cup coverage, TV images of maskless crowds watching the World Cup in Qatar only serve to reinforce the perception that Beijing has been slow to end the pandemic. The danger to many of China's elderly citizens' lives is only one aspect of the emergency that the country is facing. The recent Covid infection wave could spiral out of control, overwhelming an already overburdened public health system with its sheer number of cases. If this occurs, public resentment of Xi's regime may increase even more. Beijing must understand that the protesters on the streets are expressing justifiable complaints. China’s dire Covid predicament https://t.co/42QIWiWS97 | opinion — Financial Times (@FT) November 29, 2022 Sources: ft.com, twitter.com
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Eurozone inflation declines for the first time in 17 months indicating that a peak has been reached

Rebecca Duthie Rebecca Duthie 30.11.2022 19:09
Summary: Latest eurozone inflation reading could suggest a peak has been reached. Eurozone inflation came in at 10% for October. The ECB is expected to raise rates by 0.5 percentage points. Eurozone inflation may have reached its peak The European Central Bank (ECB) may be able to switch to smaller interest rate increases next month as a result of the eurozone's inflation declining for the first time in 17 months and suggesting that the largest price spike in a generation has peaked. According to data released by the EU's statistics agency on Wednesday, a slowdown in energy and services prices led inflation in the single currency bloc to fall more than predicted to 10% in November, down from a record 10.6% in October. Recently, there has been increased optimism that inflation in the eurozone is falling due to a decline in wholesale energy prices in Europe and the alleviation of supply chain bottlenecks. Additionally, US inflation decreased in October, and worldwide data signs point to the pinnacle of this year's raging global inflation. The ECB is expected to raise rates by 0.5 percentage points when its governing council meets on December 15 after two consecutive 0.75 point increases, according to economists, as a result of the slowing rate of inflation in the eurozone. However, price rise in the region is still above the ECB's 2% target, and some officials contend that in order to prevent a harmful wage-price spiral from taking root, rates must be rapidly raised even as inflation slows. The widely watched core inflation rate, which excludes more erratic energy and food costs to provide analysts with a clearer picture of underlying pricing pressures, remained steady at 5%. Sources: ft.com, twitter.com

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