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Powell says Slow–as market waits for Wednesday CPI inflation report

Powell says Slow–as market waits for Wednesday CPI inflation report

Granted that the remarks weren’t delivered at the most high profile venue–a panel discussion at the Foreign Bankers Association meeting in Amsterdam–but I read Federal Reserve chairmen Jerome Powell as saying that the U.S.central bank might hold interest rates steady for longer than now expected by WallStreet. Ahead of new inflation data from the Consumer Price Index for April due tomorrow, anyway. On the day before the meeting economists were expecting the annual inflation rate at both the all-time and core levels to have dropped by 10 or 20 basis in April

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This coming week the action in the markets is beneath the surface

This coming week the action in the markets is beneath the surface

I expect surface quiet but important movement in the lower depths of the financial markets. The week ahead lacks in obvious market-moving events and reports. There’s a smattering of earnings with Disney (DIS) on May 7 and Toyota Motor (TM) on May 8. But nothing from the likes of Apple (AAPL) or Microsoft (MSFT). A few speeches from Federal Reserve officials–Fed governors Lisa Cook on May 8 and Michelle Bowman on May 10. But no Fed meeting. No testimony from Fed chair Jerome Powell. But deep in the workings of the bond market, this will be a big week. The Treasury will auction $112 billion in Treasury paper.

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The jobs data doesn’t tell us what the Fed is thinking about rates and inflation–so the market makes guesses

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday. That was the smallest number monthly new jobs in six months. The unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9%. And traders tried once again, to get ahead of the data. Concluding that slower job growth, meant the Federal Reserve would be more likely to cut interest rates sooner–in September, say, rather than November or December–bonds rallied and yields fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped 7 basis points to 4.5%. The yield on the 2-yer Treasury, which had been flirting with 5% earlier in the week, fell to 4.82%. Stocks climbed with the Standard & Poor’s 500 up 1.26% and the NASDAQ Composite gaining 1.99%. Trouble is that these moves were the exact opposite of gains and losses earlier in the week.

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Brookfield Renewable pops on Microsoft supply deal

Brookfield Renewable pops on Microsoft supply deal

Microsoft will buy more than 10.5 GW of clean energy from Brookfield Asset Management and its Brookfield Renewable affiliate (BEPC), the companies announced on Wednesday, May 1. Shares of Brookfield Renewable were up 5.13% today, May 2, on the news. I added Brookfield Renewable to my Dividend Portfolio on March 26, 2024. The shares are up 10.82% since then as of the close on May 2. They pay a dividend of 5.52%.

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It’s a make or break earnings week for tech

It’s a make or break earnings week for tech

I’m sure you’ve noticed. The technology sector, which led the stock market rally in 2023 and in the early days of 2024, is in a slump. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) tumbled 6.27% last week and is down 7.16% in the last month. For 2024 to date, as of the close on April 19, the sector is at break even with gain of 0.19%. Quite a turnabout for a sector that is still up 30% for the last 12 months. This week brings a raft of tech earnings that could turn the sector’s trend around. Or not.

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Apple’s smartphone market share slide continues

Apple’s smartphone market share slide continues

Apple has lost its spot as the world’s biggest mobile phone seller, IDC reported today, April 15. A steep drop in sales in China for Apple let South Korean rival Samsung retake the lead in global market share. Samsung had been the biggest seller of mobile phones for 12 years until the end of 2023, when sales of Apple’s iPhone models overtook it. Global smartphone shipments increased by 8% to 289.4m units during January-March, according to IDC. Samsung has a 20.8% market share. That beat Apple’s 17.3% share

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Confusion on Tesla climbs ahead of April 23 earnings report

Confusion on Tesla climbs ahead of April 23 earnings report

Can’t figure Tesla (TSLA) out? Welcome to the club. The stock was down another 5.59% today, April 15, and is now down 31% for 2024. Maybe investors will get some clarity on the company’s identity and strategy when it announced earnings on April 23. Wall Street analysts expect earnings of 36 cents a share against earnings of 73 cents a share in 2023. I think that strategic clarity is actually more important than quarterly earnings at this point for Tesla.

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And now what in the Middle East? And for global financial markets?

And now what in the Middle East? And for global financial markets?

After Israel and its allies (with the help of some Arab states that don’t want to see a wider Middle East war and who aren’t thrilled with the growing power of Iran and its proxies) succeeded in shooting down almost all of the drones (170), ballistic missiles (120), and cruise missiles (30) launched by Iran against the country, will the two sides both declare victory and claim that honor is satisfied or will one or the other escalate the war with another round of attacks? As of early Monday trading in Asia, the oil and gold markets have reacted with concern but not panic. Gold, up 13% already this year to a record above $2,400 an ounce, moved higher but the gains were relatively modest. Spot gold climbed 0.8% to $2,361.92 an ounce as of 6:20 a.m.in Singapore. The global oil market opened to the upside but by less than 1%. And prices have been steady to slightly weaker since then.

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Nvidia’s next earnings report shaping up as very, ahem, “interesting”

Nvidia’s next earnings report shaping up as very, ahem, “interesting”

Nvidia (NVDA) doesn’t report earnings until May 22. But the report is already shaping up as critical for the stock. Analysts see the company reporting earnings of $5.13 a share for the quarter, up from just 88 cents a share in the same quarter of 2023.
But the short-term earnings numbers aren’t what’s most importance right now. Nvidia has roughly 90% share in the market for AI-accelator chips. That’s put a big target on the company’s back. No one expects Nvidia is maintain that 90% share–which is okay since the market is growing so fast. Last month, analysts at Bank of America said the market could reach anywhere between $250 billion and $500 billion over the next three to five years. That was a big jump from their earlier estimate of less than $250 billion. The question is How fast all the efforts to compete with Nvidia will eat into that market share.

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