Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 Reliability Likely to Be ‘Just’ Average

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 Reliability Likely to Be ‘Just’ Average

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 Reliability Likely to Be ‘Just’ Average $TSLA, $TM, $GM Tesla Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) new Model 3 sedan is likely to have “average” reliability despite production snags. Consumer Reports magazine said on Thursday. The magazine said its survey of 640,000 vehicles showed that all-new vehicles or models with newly updated technology are more […]

Gold and the Fall of the US Dollar

Gold and the Fall of the US Dollar

Gold and the Fall of the US Dollar $OIL, $GLD, $SLV, $USD, $CNY China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia are aligning in response to trade sanctions and political discord from the West. Together, they may bring an end to the global supremacy of America and the USD, according to analyst Peter Reagan. China, Russia, and Saudi […]

US Consumer Sentiment Spikes to 13-Year Highs

US Consumer Sentiment Spikes to 13-Year Highs

US Consumer Sentiment Spikes to 13-Year Highs US consumer sentiment (MSI) rose to a 13-year high as Americans’ perceptions of the economy and their own finances rebounded following several major hurricanes, a University of Michigan survey showed Friday. Highlights of Michigan Sentiment (October, preliminary) Sentiment index rose to 101.1 (est. 95), highest since January 2004, […]

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Overvalued, Dropped by Key Fund

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Overvalued, Dropped by Key Fund

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Overvalued, Dropped by Key Fund $TSLA Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is overvalued, according to a climate focused investment fund that has beaten 97% of its peers. “We don’t see upside,” Thomas Sorensen, who manages the Nordea Global Climate and Environmental Fund, said in a recent interview . “What’s needed in cash flow generation to get […]

US Consumer Comfort Falls After 7 Straight Weekly Gainers

US Consumer Comfort Falls After 7 Straight Weekly Gainers

US Consumer Comfort Falls After 7 Straight Weekly Gainers $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Americans’ confidence eased from a 16-year high last week, though relatively high optimism should continue to support spending, according to the Consumer Comfort Index figures released Thursday. Highlights of Consumer Comfort, Week Ended 3 September Consumer comfort measure fell to 52.6 from […]

US Consumer Confidence at 16-Year High, Sign of Sustained Spending

US Consumer Confidence at 16-Year High, Sign of Sustained Spending

US Consumer Confidence at 16-Year High, Sign of Sustained Spending $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer confidence, including views about the US economy, last week marked a 16-year high, indicating spending will remain solid. Confidence among Republicans rose to an almost 10-year high, while comfort of independents was strongest in more than 16 years, Democrats are […]

Housing is The Top Consumer Spending Category in the UAE

Housing is The Top Consumer Spending Category in the UAE

Housing is The Top Consumer Spending Category in the UAE Among GCC countries, consumer spending per household in the UAE was highest during Y 2016 at $103,000 Consumer spending in the UAE is expected to exceed $261-B in Y 2021, compared to nearly $183-B in Y 2016, according to research released by the Dubai Chamber […]

A 5 to 10% Pullback in the Market will be Bullish

A 5 to 10% Pullback in the Market will be Bullish

A 5 to 10% Pullback in the Market will be Bullish And Low Inflation in the US is Like a Tax Cut for the Economy Economist Larry Kudlow, a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, said he is Bullish stocks because profits are rising, inflation is low and consumer confidence is high. “I’m very Bullish […]

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Losses Mount as Claims Broaden

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Losses Mount as Claims Broaden

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Losses Mount as Claims Broaden $TSLA Wednesday, Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, pulled back on estimates of Model 3 reservations, even as the company reported stronger than expected losing results. The fledgling EV maker continues to lose money, although it cited growing excitement and profit margins for its vehicles. Tesla reported a real […]

“The Big Print Giveth and The Small Print Taketh Away”

“The Big Print Giveth and The Small Print Taketh Away”

“The Big Print Giveth and The Small Print Taketh Away” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Monday, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a rule that would bar credit card companies, banks and other firms from requiring that customers agree to settle any disputes away from the courts and in arbitration as a condition of […]

Allianz Investment Management Looks at the US & EU Markets

Allianz Investment Management Looks at the US & EU Markets

Allianz Investment Management (OTCMKT:AZSEY) Looks at the US & EU Markets $AZSEY In Q-1, it appeared that inflation in the US would indeed move up, as  the labor market continued to show signs of strength and job creation remained strong. Economic growth in Q-1 was weaker than FY forecasts, but financial markets have come to […]

US Home Construction Stalled, Continuing Growth in Question

US Home Construction Stalled, Continuing Growth in Question

US Home Construction Stalled, Continuing Growth in Question $DIA,  $SPY,  $QQQ,  $VXX May Housing Starts and June Preliminary Consumer Confidence  Starts: -5.5%; 1-family: -3.9% Permits: -4.9%; 1-Family: -1.9% Consumer Confidence: down 2.6 points The downward trend in home construction does not augur well for growth in 2-H Business leaders and owners, whether they are involved […]

Economic Outlook is Bright, Consumer Spending Rising

Economic Outlook is Bright, Consumer Spending Rising

Economic Outlook is Bright, Consumer Spending Rising $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer spending is stable and relatively high as Americans are more positive than negative about the national economy and fewer adults are unemployed than at any time in the past 16 years, Gallup reports: Their daily self-reports of spending averaged $104, similar to […]

Trump Effect: US Consumer Optimism Strongest Since November 2000

Trump Effect: US Consumer Optimism Strongest Since November 2000

Trump Effect: US Consumer Optimism Strongest Since November 2000 $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer sentiment climbed in early April to 3-month highs as consumer optimism on current economic conditions under President Donald Trump rose to its strongest marks since November 2000. The University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers (MSI) said its preliminary April consumer sentiment […]

Rising Student Debt Hurts Housing and Consumer Spending

Rising Student Debt Hurts Housing and Consumer Spending

Rising Student Debt Hurts Housing and Consumer Spending Rising student loan debt looks to harm the overall US economy, especially home ownership and consumer spending, a top Federal Reserve official said Monday. The rising debt also might erode colleges’ and universities’ ability to elevate lower-income students. New York Fed President William Dudley cited research from […]

The Trump Effect: American Consumer Sentiment “Sunny”

The Trump Effect: American Consumer Sentiment “Sunny”

The Trump Effect: American Consumer Sentiment “Sunny” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US Consumer Sentiment rose in March as Americans registered “Sunnier” views about the state of their finances while becoming less upbeat about the long-term economic outlook, University of Michigan (MSI) survey data showed Friday. Key Points are as follows: Final sentiment index rose to […]

The Trump Effect: US Consumer Confidence Highest in 16 Years

The Trump Effect: US Consumer Confidence Highest in 16 Years

The Trump Effect: US Consumer Confidence Highest in 16 Years US consumer confidence rose to its highest mark in more than 16 years, a strong gain for one of President Donald Trump’s preferred economic indicators. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 125.6 in March from 116.1 in February, the […]

Consumer Confidence (MSI) Up in March, Americans More Satisfied

Consumer Confidence (MSI) Up in March, Americans More Satisfied

Consumer Confidence (MSI) Up in March, Americans More Satisfied $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US Consumer Confidence up in March as Americans were more satisfied than any time in 16 years with the current state of their finances and the economy. The University of Michigan (MSI) said Friday that its preliminary index of sentiment increased to […]

Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) Brand Takes a Hit on CEO Refugee Comments

Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) Brand Takes a Hit on CEO Refugee Comments

Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) Brand Takes a Hit on CEO Refugee Comments $SBUX, $TWTR, $FB, $DNKN Starbucks Corp’s (NYSE:SBUX) vow to hire thousands of refugees after President Donald Trump’s 1st executive order that temporarily banned travel from 7 mostly-Muslim nations appears to be hurting customer sentiment of the coffee chain. President Trump’s supporters have used Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), […]

The Market Knows What the Market Knows, the Financial News is Real

The Market Knows What the Market Knows, the Financial News is Real

The Market Knows What the Market Knows, the Financial News is Real $SPY Buy the News, Sell the soft Data. That is the conclusion drawn from a paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which suggests that financial news holds predictive power when it comes to economic data. Stories about the US economy […]

US Congress Setting Up to Ease Several Wall Street “Rules”

US Congress Setting Up to Ease Several Wall Street “Rules”

US Congress Setting Up to Ease Several Wall Street “Rules” The Republican leader of the House Financial Services Committee plans to scale back banking reforms, curb the consumer finance agency and ease regulations on financial institutions and companies looking to raise capital, according to a proposal seen Thursday. In a memo on the legislation he […]

US Consumer Confidence at 12 Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence at 12 Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence at 12 Year Highs Consumer confidence jumped to the highest level since Y 2004, extending Americans’ optimism for their finances and the US economy following Donald Trump’s Presidential election victory. The University of Michigan said Friday that its MSI (final index of sentiment) rose to 98.2 from 93.8 in November. The median […]

US Consumer Confidence Running High

US Consumer Confidence Running High

US Consumer Confidence Running High Consumer Confidence rose more than forecast this month as Americans expressed the Sunniest picture of their financial situation in 11 years, extending a boost following Donald Trump’s election victory. The University of Michigan (MSI) said Friday that its preliminary index of sentiment rose to 98, the highest since January 2015, […]

US Consumer Confidence Spikes to Highest Mark in Decade

US Consumer Confidence Spikes to Highest Mark in Decade

US Consumer Confidence Spikes to Highest Mark in Decade $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer confidence rebounded this month to the highest mark in more than 9 years. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index registered 107.1 in November, up from 100.8 last month and highest since July 2007. Americans’ assessment of […]

US Consumer Sentiment Soars on Donald Trump’s Victory

US Consumer Sentiment Soars on Donald Trump’s Victory

US Consumer Sentiment Soars on Donald Trump’s Victory US consumer sentiment rose noticeably in the wake of the Presidential election as Americans expressed greater confidence in the outlook for their personal finances and prospects for economic growth, a survey said Wednesday. The University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers (MSI) said its consumer sentiment index rose […]

FBI’s Announcement on Hillary Clinton Investigation Knocks Stocks off Highs

FBI’s Announcement on Hillary Clinton Investigation Knocks Stocks off Highs

FBI’s Announcement on Hillary Clinton Investigation Knocks Stocks off Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The US economy grew at a 2.9% in Q-3, the strongest pace in 2 years, as businesses began restocking their shelves at a faster pace. The Q-3 US GDP (gross domestic product), the broadest measure of economic health, was 2X the […]

The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street $V, $AAPL, $CAT, $BA, $KO, $XOM This week Q-3 earnings season hits full stride, with 178 members of the S&P 500 reporting to Wall Street. Included in this group are 12 DJIA componenets: Monday: Visa (NYSE:V) Tuesday: 3M Co. (NYSE:MMM), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), DuPont De Nemours (NYSE:DD), Merck […]

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London Residents could be permanently priced out of the market, according to Cluttons Dubai is at risk of becoming as unaffordable for local residents as parts of the UK capital London unless cheaper property is provided, according to Cluttons. Faisal Durrani, the property consultancy’s head of research, […]

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX In this world of easy money, where the markets hope the near-Zero interest rate policies to continue, there really should be hope for a growing not stagnant economy. This week;s economic reports have been dominated by a very strong consumer confidence report. The […]

September Copper Falls to 2 Month Lows

September Copper Falls to 2 Month Lows

September Copper Falls to 2 Month Lows $CUPM Copper (NYSEArca:CUPM) futures fell to the lowest in 2 months after stockpiles surged and Barclays Plc flagged concern over growth in China, the world’s biggest consumer. Inventories tracked by exchanges in Shanghai, London and New York climbed 5 straight days last week to the highest since May. […]

Personal Income, Wages, Salaries, Savings Advanced in July

Personal Income, Wages, Salaries, Savings Advanced in July

Personal Income, Wages, Salaries, Savings Advanced in July $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer spending increased for a fourth straight month in July amid strong demand for automobiles, pointing to a pickup in economic growth that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. The Commerce Department said Monday […]

The US Government’s Economic Growth Numbers are Wrong

The US Government’s Economic Growth Numbers are Wrong

The US Government’s Economic Growth Numbers are Wrong Harvard Economist Martin Feldstein warned Friday that the US government’s measure of economic growth is always wrong, regardless of the official number. The US economy grew less than previously reported last Quarter on lower government outlays and a bigger depletion of inventories, capping a sluggish 1-H performance […]

Another Democratic ‘Tax & Spend’ Administration = Recession

Another Democratic ‘Tax & Spend’ Administration = Recession

Another Democratic ‘Tax & Spend’ Administration = Recession $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Hillary Clinton got hammered from all directions Monday. Mrs. Clinton is trying come up with a new and inspiring idea to jump-start a anemic US economy and help the financially stressed middle class. The progressive/left really does not know  how to and will […]

LTN’s “Lipstick” Indicator Says US, World Consumer is Challenged

LTN’s “Lipstick” Indicator Says US, World Consumer is Challenged

LTN’s “Lipstick” Indicator Says US, World Consumer is Challenged Cosmetics maker Estee Lauder Cos. (NYSE:EL) reported a smaller-than-expected rise in Quarterly sales, hurt by a slowdown in sales in the Americas as fewer consumers visited department stores and tourist spending declined. Shares of the company were down about 4% at 91.73 Friday, up to Thursday’s […]

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer prices were unchanged in July as the cost of gasoline fell for the 1st time in 5 months and underlying inflation slowed, which could further diminish prospects of a US Fed interest rate increase this year. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the […]

Once High End Retailer Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN) Now a Discount Store

Once High End Retailer Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN) Now a Discount Store

Once High End Retailer Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN) Now a Discount Store $JWN JW Nordstrom’s off-price Rack is thriving, its full-line stores still may have a way to go to fully enter the discount space. In its Q-2, total comparable sales fell 1.2%. It is important to look at the breakdown: comparable sales for its full-line business […]

The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls

The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls

The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX “The consumer paused in July and with price pressures soft, the Fed members will probably gain a few more grey hairs.” — Joel Naroff, Economist The Consumer Data: July Retail Sales and Wholesale Prices Sales: 0%; Excluding Vehicles: -0.3%/ PPI: -0.4% Excluding Food […]

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics”

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics”

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics” Japan’s unrolling this week of a stimulus plan of JPY 28.1-T (US$274-B) as part of Prime Minister Abe’s latest installment of his shaky “Abenomics” economic policy mix, lacks the equivocal allocations and long-term vision necessary to fundamentally kickstart the nation’s ailing economy. As evidenced by the stock […]

US Demand for Autos Fall in July

US Demand for Autos Fall in July

US Demand for Autos Fall in July $GM, $F, $HMC, $TM, $VLKAY US auto sales drop in July as hot weather and softening demand kept buyers at home. Major automakers have reported July sales that fell short of expectations, which has reinforced worries that the market may have peaked with last year’s record numbers. Kelley Blue […]

Consumer Confidence Dims on Economy

Consumer Confidence Dims on Economy

Consumer Confidence Dims on Economy $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer confidence slid in July from the prior month on dimmer views of the US economy’s prospects and lingering concerns among higher-income earners about global market conditions. The University of Michigan said Friday that its final index of sentiment (MSI) declined to 90 this month from […]

With Legal Marijuana Users, “Bud” is More Popular than Editables

With Legal Marijuana Users, “Bud” is More Popular than Editables

With Legal Marijuana Users, “Bud” is More Popular than Editables With the loosening of the US Marijuana laws collegians are cheering, but it’s the older folks  who are the average consumers of the newly enhanced “Bud”. Seattle-based Headset Inc., research firm in the field, reviewed about 40,000 legal Marijuana purchases made in Washington State from September 2014 to […]

Politics and World Chaos are in the Air, Don’t Lose Sight of Market Bubble

Politics and World Chaos are in the Air, Don’t Lose Sight of Market Bubble

Politics and World Chaos are in the Air, Don’t Lose Sight of Market Bubble The attack in Nice, France, was a terrorist act, and the French government extended the state of emergency for 3 months and soldiers will be deployed. The military coup in Turkey, points up the extreme dissidence in that region of the […]

China: Deep Pockets and Digital Trends Drive Consumption

China: Deep Pockets and Digital Trends Drive Consumption

China: Deep Pockets and Digital Trends Drive Consumption For foreign companies targeting the deep pockets of China’s growing middle class, understanding demand and consumption habits are Key. The future of consumption in China is digital, consumer-driven and aided by safe and secure mobile payment systems, according to attendees of the 3-day annual World Economic Forum […]

June US Automobile Sales Disappoint

June US Automobile Sales Disappoint

June US Automobile Sales Disappoint $F, $GM, $TMC, $VLKAY, $HMC Consumer demand for pickups and SUVs drove US auto sales in June, but the growth fell short of estimates as General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE:TMC) and Volkswagen (OTCMKT:VLKAY) sold fewer vehicles. Estimates from major automobile makers backed analysts’ projection that the US industry […]

The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street $NKE, $GIS, $CAG, $MU Earnings results from Q-2’s early reporters will be released to Wall Street this week with 10 members of the S&P 500 on tap. They are NIKE (NYSE:NKE)Tuesday, Acuity Brands (NYSE AYI), General Mills (NYSE:GIS) and Monsanto (NYSE:MON) Wednesday; and ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG), Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), Darden […]

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast The International Monetary Fund  (IMF) downgraded its forecast for the US economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor, offer paid maternity leave to encourage more women to work and overhaul the corporate tax system to boost productivity. In its annual checkup of […]

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish”

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish”

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish” Monday, US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said  that interest rate hikes are likely on the way because “positive economic forces outweigh the negative” for the United States now that risks from earlier this year have diminished. In Monday’s public comment from any US central banker before a Key […]

Obama Admin, Fed Laud Economic Growth, Consumers Disagree

Obama Admin, Fed Laud Economic Growth, Consumers Disagree

Obama Admin, Fed Laud Economic Growth, Consumers Disagree $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer Confidence unexpectedly fell in May for a 2nd month as American consumers are less than enthusiastic about the current state of the economy, a report from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday. The Conference Board’s Sentiment Index fell to 92.6 i […]

Energy Cooperation the Key Link to Russia-China Economic Tie-up

Energy Cooperation the Key Link to Russia-China Economic Tie-up

Energy Cooperation the Key Link to Russia-China Economic Tie-up Energy cooperation has become the ‘backbone” of the Russia-China economic partnership, as bi-lateral interaction is expected to speed up in all economic fields. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich expressed the confidence that bi-lateral economic cooperation would continue to grow steadily in various fields. “China is […]

Philippines Seeing Strong Domestic Demand

Philippines Seeing Strong Domestic Demand

Philippines Seeing Strong Domestic Demand Continued demand for capital and consumer goods drove imports growth of 11.7% in March this year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said this week. The agency reported that imports reached US$6.4-B from 5.7-B in the same frame last year. “This is on account of higher purchases of capital […]

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth Statistics released Wednesday showed Japan recorded better-than-expected economic growth numbers in Q-1 of the year. However, economists said the real picture may not be as rosy as it looks to be based on preliminary statistics. The reform plans championed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, known […]

HeffX-LTN FX Report (Daily)

HeffX-LTN FX Report (Daily) $EURUSD, $GBPUSD, $USDJPY, $USDCHF, $AUDUSD, $NZDUSD The USD trimmed gains but remained supported Vs the other peer currencies Wednesday, as FX investors became more cautious ahead of the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting due later in the day. USDJPY climbed 0.49% to 109.68. FX market participants were […]

China: Asia’s Most Attractive Consumer Market

China: Asia’s Most Attractive Consumer Market

China: Asia’s Most Attractive Consumer Market China was the most promising consumer market in Asia in Y 2015, and will probably remain so in the next 4 years, according to a report released Thursday. “Even as China’s economy slows and its population ages, it appears set to remain the most attractive Asian market for retailers […]

America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency

America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency

America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency When single family home builders talk about customer service, they focus on how to make the building process smoother, how to speak to customers so that they understand, and how to mitigate problems and delays. Last year in a presentation at the 2015 Avid Conference […]

FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix”

FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix”

FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Wednesday afternoon, the US Fed kept interest rates unchanged, and indicated their confidence in the anemic US economy, thus keeping the door open to a hike in June. The FOMC said the labor market had improved despite a recent economic slowdown […]