Data on Your Spending Habits a Gold Mine for Big Banks

Data on Your Spending Habits a Gold Mine for Big Banks

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX There are powerful new players watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you, they are the banks behind your credit or debit card. The banks want to turn data they already have on your spending habits into extra revenue by identifying likely customers for retailers. Banks […]

US Consumer Spending on the Rise

US Consumer Spending on the Rise

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Americans increased their spending in October at the fastest rate in 3 months even though income growth was essentially flat, its weakest showing in 13 months. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that consumer spending rose 0.3% last month, the best gainer since a 0.5% rise in July. An inflation gauge that is […]

Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, Averts Shutdown

Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill, Averts Shutdown

The Republican-held Senate passed a temporary government-wide spending bill that would keep federal agencies up and running through 20 December and avert a government shutdown after Midnight Thursday. The spending bill, passed by a 74-20 vote, would keep federal the government open for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up […]

Gold Dipped on Mixed Economic Data

Gold Dipped on Mixed Economic Data

$GLD, $XAU, $USD Gold prices turned lower Tuesday after a strong retail sales reading sparked buying interest in the USD and pushed Treasury yields higher. Retail sales gained 0.4% in June, outpacing consensus forecasts for a meager 0.1% advance, the positive reading pushed the .DXY and bond yields higher. The USD-denominated precious Yellow metal reacts negatively […]

US Consumers Upbeat

US Consumers Upbeat

US consumer debt increased by the most in 5 months in April and topped estimates, suggesting more upbeat sentiment among Americans is supporting borrowing and spending. Total credit expanded $17.5-B from the prior month following an upwardly revised $11-B gain in March, Federal Reserve figures showed Friday. Revolving debt outstanding increased the most since November while non-revolving […]

US Labor Market Solid

US Labor Market Solid

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits was flat to unchanged last week, suggesting the labor market remains on solid footing despite slowing economic activity. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were flat to unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 218,000 for the week ended 1 June, the Labor Department said Thursday. Data for the prior […]

US Consumer Confidence Up in April, Economic View is Bright, the Trump Polices are Working

US Consumer Confidence Up in April, Economic View is Bright, the Trump Polices are Working

FLASH: The Trump Policies are working US consumer confidence was up in April as Americans felt more optimistic about present and future economic conditions, underscoring how a tight labor market and higher wages are underpinning attitudes amid some uncertainty. The Conference Board’s index climbed to 129.2, according to data from the New York-based group Tuesday that topped […]

Positive Consumer Data Driving the Market

Positive Consumer Data Driving the Market

$SPY, $QQQ, $DIA US consumer spending surged 0.9% in March, the biggest gainer in about 10 years, as inflation pressures remain non-existent. The March gain was the biggest monthly increase since August 2009, the Commerce Department reported Monday. That is a big improvement after 3 months of lackluster readings in this Key segment of the economy. Consumer […]

Fed Must Cut Interest Rates Despite Strong 3.2% GDP Growth

Fed Must Cut Interest Rates Despite Strong 3.2% GDP Growth

FLASH: White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow says the Fed should still cut interest rates despite strong economic growth in Q-1. The government said GDP, expanded by 3.2% in Q-1 of this year, which the veteran financial guru and former Ronald Reagan adviser called “a blow out number.” “The inflation rate continues to slip lower […]

Construction Spending Spiked in January

Construction Spending Spiked in January

US construction spending spiked in January, with investment in public projects rising to a more than 8-year high, which could boost economic growth estimates for the first quarter. The US Commerce Department said on Wednesday that construction spending jumped 1.3%, the largest increase since last April, after a revised 0.8% fall in December. Economists polled […]

EU’s Slowdown Worse Than Investors Imagine

EU’s Slowdown Worse Than Investors Imagine

FLASH: The EU’s economy is cooling more than many investors believe, the slowdown poses the biggest risk to the market. The European Central Bank (ECB) has limited tools at its disposal to respond to economic weakness while European governments are not prepared to respond with spending warns Mohamed El-Erian. “People are underestimating how quickly Europe […]

Powell Sees Solid, but Slower US Economic Growth in 2019

Powell Sees Solid, but Slower US Economic Growth in 2019

The US economy will grow at a solid though slower pace in Y 2019 and the Fed will remain “patient” in deciding whether to further raise interest rates, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. Chairman Powell reaffirmed the policy shift made by the Fed last month, telling a Senate Banking Committee hearing that “crosscurrents and […]

President Trump Declares ‘National Emergency’ to Build the Wall

President Trump Declares ‘National Emergency’ to Build the Wall

Thursday, the US Senate approved a border security compromise for building a wall with Mexico, and prevents another government shutdown. The White House said President Trump would sign it then declare a national emergency and invoke other executive powers to to shift money to Wall-building from elsewhere in the federal budget. House passage and President […]

US Consumer Sentiment Comes Back

US Consumer Sentiment Comes Back

The measure of US consumer sentiment improved for the 1st time in 5 weeks as political tension in Washington eased after the longest government shutdown in the country’s history. The Consumer Comfort Index rose to 58.2 last week from 57.4, according to a report Thursday. A measure of ratings about personal finances climbed to a […]

F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) to Increase Racing Budget This Season

F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) to Increase Racing Budget This Season

$RACE Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) plans to increase its F1 budget this season in a move to end the championship win drought, in a move that emphasizes its brand’s Grand Prix success. The iconic Italian supercar manufacturer has not won a title since its constructors’ championship success in Y 2008, and Kimi Raikkonen claiming its last drivers’ […]

The Shutdown Had ‘Small Impact’ on US Economy

The Shutdown Had ‘Small Impact’ on US Economy

The US economy is strong and growing despite billions of dollars in losses during the recent partial government shutdown, said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform Tuesday while discussing a Congressional Budget Office report that $11-B was lost, with $3-B deemed a complete loss. “The Key thing is the economy continues today to grow and […]

China Musts: Align with US on Trade and Stimulate Sinking Economy

China Musts: Align with US on Trade and Stimulate Sinking Economy

China will step up fiscal spending this year to support its economy, focusing on further cuts in taxes and fees for small firms, finance ministry officials said Wednesday. Mounting US trade tariff pressure on the world’s 2nd-biggest economy pushed growth last year to its lowest since Y 1990 even as Beijing stepped up stimulus measures […]

Looking Ahead: Seeing No Rate Hikes, No Recession, 20%+ Rally Ahead

Looking Ahead: Seeing No Rate Hikes, No Recession, 20%+ Rally Ahead

$SPY, $GLD Surprise, after all of the ‘bunk’ you have heard since early October, do not be shocked that there will be no additional Fed rate hikes, a 20% S&P 500 rally and no recession.. Byron Wein defines “surprise” as an event that the average investor would only assign a 33% chance of taking place […]

Atlanta Fed Lifts GDP Outlook to 3% on Consumer Spending

Atlanta Fed Lifts GDP Outlook to 3% on Consumer Spending

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX The US economy is expanding at a 3.0% annualized rate in Q-4 based on steady retail sales growth and stronger-than-forecast industrial output in November, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed Friday. This is faster than the 2.4% pace for Q-4 GDP (gross domestic product) that the Atlanta Fed’s […]

US Household Wealth +$2-Trillion in Q-3  Driven by Stocks and Real Estate

US Household Wealth +$2-Trillion in Q-3  Driven by Stocks and Real Estate

US Household Wealth +$2-Trillion in Q-3 Driven by Stocks and Real Estate $SPY The  stock market rally since 8 November 2016 drove US household net worth to a record high of $109-T in Q-3 The Fed said Thursday that the value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund holdings soared $1.2T. Home values rose $200-B. Other […]

The Trump Effect: Americans Working, Higher Wages, Booming Manufacturing

The Trump Effect: Americans Working, Higher Wages, Booming Manufacturing

The Trump Effect: Americans Working, Higher Wages, Booming Manufacturing The Trump Effect has Made America Great Again, and Is Keeping America Great! The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength, which continues to underpin economic growth. The labor market, which is […]

US Economic Growth: Consumer Spending Up, Inflation Moderate

US Economic Growth: Consumer Spending Up, Inflation Moderate

US Economic Growth: Consumer Spending Up, Inflation Moderate US consumer spending saw a steady increase in August, supporting expectations of solid economic growth in Q-3, while a measure of underlying inflation remained at the Fed’s 2 percent target for a 4th month running. Friday, economists said the report from the US Commerce Department should allay […]

No Provision for WALL, No Spending

No Provision for WALL, No Spending

No Provision for Wall, No Spending President Donald Trump Thursday hammered an extensive continuing resolution passed by the Senate earlier this week, calling it “ridiculous” and demanding to know where the money for border security will come from. “I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, […]

 The Trump Economy Is ‘Killing It’ Right Now

 The Trump Economy Is ‘Killing It’ Right Now

 The Trump Economy Is ‘Killing It’ Right Now $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow urges all Americans to give President Donald Trump’s negotiating strategy more time because the “entire world” will benefit if all goes if planned because he “is doing the Lord’s work.” As evidence, Mr. Kudlow offers the […]

Atlanta Fed Lifts Q-3 GDP Prediction to 4.7%

Atlanta Fed Lifts Q-3 GDP Prediction to 4.7%

Atlanta Fed Lifts Q-3 GDP Prediction to 4.7% $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX The next GDPNow update is Wednesday, 5 September. The US economy is growing at a 4.7% annualized rate in Q-3, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Tuesday, following the latest data on construction spending and factory activity. This is now […]

MAGA Effect:Household Income Spikes

MAGA Effect:Household Income Spikes

MAGA Effect:Household Income Spikes US median household income is at all-time highs US median household income has risen more than 4% since President Donald Trump took office on the overall strong economic growth and robust optimism. Inflation-adjusted median household incomes in July hit $62,450, according to the latest release from Sentier Research. “That’s the highest level […]

France’s Socialist Experiment Has Collapsed Its Economy

France’s Socialist Experiment Has Collapsed Its Economy

France’s Socialist Experiment Has Collapsed Its Economy “This is going to be a real bloodbath for the state and the public services,” French President Emmanuel Macron’s government must tackle social spending in the next wave of its reforms even though France will face a weaker growth outlook in next year. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said […]

Americans are Dining Out and Spending the Most on Record

Americans are Dining Out and Spending the Most on Record

Americans are Dining Out and Spending the Most on Record Americans spending at restaurants spiked over the past 3 months by the most on record, making it both a bright spot for the economy. Sales at food-service and drinking establishments rose 1.3% in July to $61.6-B,the US Commerce Department reported on Wednesday.That brought the 3 […]

The Atlanta Fed Lifts Q-3 GDP Growth View to 5%

The Atlanta Fed Lifts Q-3 GDP Growth View to 5%

The Atlanta Fed Lifts Q-3 GDP Growth View to 5% The US economy is growing at a 5.0% annualized rate in Q-3 following the latest data on construction spending and manufacturing activity, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s most-recent GDPNow forecast model showed. That is faster than the 4.7% pace calculated by the regional Fed’s forecast program […]

US Consumer Spending Rises, Inflation Continues to Strengthen

US Consumer Spending Rises, Inflation Continues to Strengthen

US Consumer Spending Rises, Inflation Continues to Strengthen Consumer spending increased solidly in June as US households spent more on restaurants and accommodation, building a strong base for the economy heading into Q-3, inflation rose moderately. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 70% of US economic activity, rose 0.4% last […]

President Trump Hails the “Amazing” 4.1% Q-2 Economic Growth Rate

President Trump Hails the “Amazing” 4.1% Q-2 Economic Growth Rate

President Trump Hails the “Amazing” 4.1% Q-2 Economic Growth Rate “the President’s policies are working,and not just on the top line, but in the details” Friday from the White House, US President Donald Trump hailed the “amazing” 4.1% Q-2 GDP rate, as the fastest pace since Y 2014, as proof that “we’ve accomplished an economic […]

Atlanta Fed: “US Economy Growing at 4.5% Annualized Rate”

Atlanta Fed: “US Economy Growing at 4.5% Annualized Rate”

Atlanta Fed: “US Economy Growing at 4.5% Annualized Rate” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Monday, the Atlanta Fed announced that the US economy is growing at a 4.5% annualized rate in Q-2 following the latest data on strong retail-sales data, the GDPNow forecast model showed. The latest estimate on GDP growth is faster than the […]

President Trump: “NATO Stronger Now Than it Was 2 Days Ago”

President Trump: “NATO Stronger Now Than it Was 2 Days Ago”

President Trump: “NATO Stronger Now Than it Was 2 Days Ago” Thursday, US President Donald Trump that the United States’ commitment to NATO “remains very strong” after a summit in Brussels at which he said allies had made unprecedented commitments to increase spending on their own defense. “NATO is much stronger now than it was […]

President Trump: NATO Allies Should 2X Defense Spending Targets

President Trump: NATO Allies Should 2X Defense Spending Targets

President Trump: NATO Allies Should 2X Defense Spending Targets President Donald Trump has proposed 2X’ing the 2% defense spending targets for the NATO alliance. His suggestion was informal and made in a closed-door session of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Summit in Brussels Wednesday, the suggestion was not designed ease tensions in a forceful […]

President Trump Hammering NATO Allies Right ‘Off the Bat’

President Trump Hammering NATO Allies Right ‘Off the Bat’

President Trump Hammering NATO Allies Right ‘Off the Bat’ In a very forceful start to his NATO visit, US President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” and blasted NATO allies’ defense spending, opening what is expected to be a Summit with a list […]

President Trump: “Massive US Spending on NATO ‘Not Acceptable'”

President Trump: “Massive US Spending on NATO ‘Not Acceptable

President Trump: “Massive US Spending on NATO ‘Not Acceptable’” Monday, President Trump blasted North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members for what he described as their measly spending, asking them to increase their contributions to the alliance, reiterating past criticism ahead of his trip to a NATO Summit this week. “The United States is spending far […]

The Trump Impact: NATO Allies are Hiking Defense Spending

The Trump Impact: NATO Allies are Hiking Defense Spending

The Trump Impact: NATO Allies are Hiking Defense Spending Sunday, US NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison praised President Donald Trump for “making an impact,” and is the 1st in 3 administrations to get allies to hike their defense spending. In an interview Sunday, Amb. Hutchinson remarked “I’ve worked for 3 presidents, all of whom have […]

More Tax Cut Legislation on ‘Fast Track’

More Tax Cut Legislation on ‘Fast Track’

More Tax Cut Legislation on ‘Fast Track’ House Republicans unveiled a Y 2019 budget proposal Tuesday to send a message to their core supporters that repealing Barack Obamacare, cutting taxes and partially privatizing Medicare remain high on their agenda. The budget, which claims to balance by Y  2027 through $8-T in spending cuts, seeks to […]

The US Economy is Rolling Along on Truck Tires

The US Economy is Rolling Along on Truck Tires

The US Economy is Rolling Along on Truck Tires Real GDP may be starting to do so at a faster speed now, exceeding the so-called 2% “stall speed,” which was the so-called “New Normal” from mid-2010 through Q-1 of Y 2018 Consider the following: A Supercharged Quarter: Friday, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model boosted the Q2-2018 real […]

Living in the Trump Era of Optimism, Prosperity and Strong Economic Growth

Living in the Trump Era of Optimism, Prosperity and Strong Economic Growth

Living in the Trump Era of Optimism, Prosperity and Strong Economic Growth $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ Just in case you missed this at the weekend, and remember Optimism leads to Power! Friday’s blockbuster NFPs (jobs) data capped a long string of recent strong economic reports which has led to much brighter forecasts for American growth under […]

Populist Government Takes Power in Italy

Populist Government Takes Power in Italy

Populist Government Takes Power in Italy “Populism is the new organizing principle.” The new government has pledged to pursue a host of populist policies, including reclaiming national sovereignty from the European Union over issues ranging from border protection and immigration to economics and finance. For now, however, it has abandoned previous plans to hold a […]

The Trump Effect: US Companies Seen Investing More

The Trump Effect: US Companies Seen Investing More

The Trump Effect: US Companies Seen Investing More $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $AAPL US companies are seen investing more of the money saved from sweeping Trump tax cuts into businesses later this year, perhaps even surpassing a jump in Q-1 capital expenditure that was the highest in nearly 7 years. Higher spending on technology, equipment […]

Record Numbers of America’s Small Businesses Are Boosting Profits

Record Numbers of America’s Small Businesses Are Boosting Profits

Record Numbers of America’s Small Businesses Are Boosting Profits US small businesses increased hiring and profits amid a record-level of optimism in the economy. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said its Small Business Optimism Index sustained record-high marks increasing to 104.8 in April, driven by reports of improved profits, the highest in the NFIB Small […]

US Economic Growth ‘Robust’ and On Track

US Economic Growth ‘Robust’ and On Track

US Economic Growth ‘Robust’ and On Track Strong business borrowing, rising consumer spending, plus tight labor markets indicate the US economy remains on track for continued growth, the Fed reported Wednesday, the risks of a global trade war the only outlier. In its periodic “Beige Book” summary of contacts with businesses in its 12 regional districts, the […]

US Retail Sales UP on Trump Tax Cuts, Consumer Spending Strengthens

US Retail Sales UP on Trump Tax Cuts, Consumer Spending Strengthens

US Retail Sales UP on Trump Tax Cuts, Consumer Spending Strengthens US retail sales rebounded in March after 3 straight monthly decliners as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and other big-ticket items, suggesting consumer spending was heading into Q-2 with momentum. Fears of a trade war between China and the United States have roiled […]

President Trump’s Tax Cuts Seen Halting a 3-Month Retail Sales Slump

President Trump’s Tax Cuts Seen Halting a 3-Month Retail Sales Slump

President Trump’s Tax Cuts Seen Halting a 3-Month Retail Sales Slump $SPY For sure President Trump’s tax cuts have given a boost to Americans’ take-home pay this year. The Big Q: Will the US consumer putting the extra cash toward savings and debt, or using it to go shopping? The Big A: We here a […]

US To See Massive Corporate Spending in Wake of President Trump’s Tax Reform

US To See Massive Corporate Spending in Wake of President Trump’s Tax Reform

US To See Massive Corporate Spending in Wake of President Trump’s Tax Reform Corporate America strongly backs The Trump Administration’s tax reform, and is driving spending plans to multiyear highs. Wednesday, in a Quarterly survey released by Deloitte LLP, a record number of CEOs & CFOs said that now is a good time to take […]

China Has Launched Its Gold-backed ‘Petroyuan’

China Has Launched Its Gold-backed ‘Petroyuan’

China Has Launched Its Gold-backed ‘Petroyuan’ $CNY, $USD, $USO, $OIL, $GLD For the last few years, I have been writing about China’s coming Gold-backed ‘petroyuan’ and that it was imminent, few thought is possible. On 26 March China launch an RMB Yuan-dominated Crude Oil futures contract, it had tried before, but, now the contract has gotten […]

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Has 10X the Data on American’s than Facebook

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Has 10X the Data on American’s than Facebook

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Has 10X the Data on American’s than Facebook $AMZN, $FB, $ORCL, $GOOGL Amazon has 10X the data on American consumers and owns the Washington Post a left wing political newspaper, always critical of President Trump and his administration. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) disengaged with Washington’s biggest lobbying firm and brought on new advisers following […]

US Economy Strong in Q-4

US Economy Strong in Q-4

US Economy Strong in Q-4 Consumer spending on goods also saw its biggest Quarterly bounce in more than 11 years after an upward revision to 7.8% growth. The US economy grew significantly faster at the end of Y 2017 than previously reported, with revised data showing stronger consumer spending and business investment, the government reported […]

Jack Dorsey, “Bitcoin Will Be the World’s Single Currency”

Jack Dorsey, “Bitcoin Will Be the World’s Single Currency”

Jack Dorsey, “Bitcoin Will Be the World’s Single Currency” $BTCUSD , $TWTR, $SQ Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Square (NYSE:SQ) CEO Jack Dorsey recently had very positive remarks about Bitcoin. He predicted the future of finance, suggesting that the “father of cryptocurrencies” is likely to become the world’s only currency within the next 10 years. Mr. Dorsey declared: […]

Seeing US GDP for Q-4 Being Revised Upward

Seeing US GDP for Q-4 Being Revised Upward

Seeing US GDP for Q-4 Being Revised Upward US economic growth for Q-4 Y 2017 is likely to be revised upward after data Thursday indicated more spending on services than previously estimated by the government. The Commerce Department’s quarterly services survey, or QSS, added to December data on construction spending and manufacturers inventories in suggesting that gross […]

FOMC Eyeing Inflation, ‘Strike a Balance; with Rate Hikes

FOMC Eyeing Inflation, ‘Strike a Balance; with Rate Hikes

FOMC Eyeing Inflation, ‘Strike a Balance’ with Rate Hikes Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, pledging to “strike a balance” between the risk of an overheating economy and the need to keep growth on track, told US lawmakers Tuesday that the central bank would stick with gradual interest rate increases despite the added stimulus of tax cuts […]

President Trump’s Tax Cuts Benefit America’s Working Wage Earners

President Trump’s Tax Cuts Benefit America’s Working Wage Earners

President Trump’s Tax Cuts Benefit America’s Working Wage Earners President Trump’s tax cuts on businesses will mostly benefit America’s workers and wage earners. Economist Larry Kudlow made the remarks while debating the effects of tax reform with Gene Sperling, the economist who worked for the Clinton and Hussein Obama Administrations, on TV Wednesday. Mr. Kudlow […]

US Economy Can Handle Trump Budget Deficits

US Economy Can Handle Trump Budget Deficits

US Economy Can Handle Trump Budget Deficits The US economy can handle the trillion-dollar deficits that are forecast to result from President Trump’s budget proposal released Monday. “The deficit is going to be 5.5% of GDP for FY 2019. Over 10 years, it’s going to average about 3.5% ,” economist Larry Kudlow said pointing out […]

President Trump’s Federal Budget is the Start of Reduced Spending

President Trump’s Federal Budget is the Start of Reduced Spending

President Trump’s Federal Budget is the Start of Reduced Spending President Donald Trump’s spending plan is the “start” of the government reigning in spending, particularly in entitlement programs, according to Republican National Committee (RNC) spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. “We think this budget is the 1st start” of reigning in spending, she said, pointing to a proposed […]

Millennial’s Spending Hobbled by Student Debt

Millennial’s Spending Hobbled by Student Debt

Millennial’s Spending Hobbled by Student Debt Millennial’s spending habits have been driving business leaders crazy, but not because the youngest generation in the workforce is irresponsible with their cash. On the contrary, millennials are turning out to be the most frugal demographic since the so-called Greatest Generation that came of age during the depression. That […]

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Burning Money, Posts Biggest Quarterly Loss Ever

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Burning Money, Posts Biggest Quarterly Loss Ever

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Burning Money, Posts Biggest Quarterly Loss Ever $TSLA, $GM, $F Wednesday, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) said it has revised production targets for its Model 3 electric sedan, posting its worst-ever Quarterly loss, and warned that its spending would increase this year. Money-losing Tesla’s long-term ability to survive depends on annually selling billions of dollars […]

This is a Strong  Start for The Trump Economy

This is a Strong  Start for The Trump Economy

This is a Strong  Start for The Trump Economy Beginning last Spring, US GDP has averaged about 3%, that is much stronger than either during the Bush (43) or Hussein Obama (45) Presidencies. This Winter, consumers are likely to pull back some and pay off credit-card balances accumulated during the holiday shopping season. Then, with […]

Weak 13: NFL Attendance Crisis Continues

Weak 13: NFL Attendance Crisis Continues

Week 13:  NFL Attendance Crisis Continues Empty Seats Greatly Outnumber Spectators last week Week 13 does not appear to be the National Football League’s (NFL) lucky number as photos of stadiums across the league still show an awful lot of empty seats. Meanwhile, the sad in-person attendance mirrors the continually plummeting TV ratings. With last […]

Strong US Consumer Confidence Cheers Retailers

Strong US Consumer Confidence Cheers Retailers

Strong US Consumer Confidence Cheers Retailers  Black Weekend indicated US Consumers shopped for the real deals. Having just gotten through a huge Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, news that consumers did not go out and shop ‘till they dropped in October was not something for retailers to worry about. After splurging on […]

Inflation is Back, Meaning Growth is Back

Inflation is Back, Meaning Growth is Back

Inflation is Back, Meaning Growth is Back $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Underlying US consumer prices increased in October on the back of a pickup in rents and healthcare costs, bolstering the view that a recent dis-inflationary trend worrying the Fed probably had ended. The rise in the consumer price index, excluding the volatile food and […]

US Seeing Highest Spending Since 2009 Stimulus

US Seeing Highest Spending Since 2009 Stimulus

US Seeing Highest Spending Since 2009 Stimulus Real federal spending in FY 2017 was the 2nd highest in the history of the United States, topped only by Y 2009, when former president Barack Hussein Obama’s $840-B stimulus law was enacted according to reports. Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 also saw the 2nd highest real federal individual […]

US Stock Indexes Post Record Highs Despite Las Vegas ‘Horror’ 

US Stock Indexes Post Record Highs Despite Las Vegas ‘Horror’ 

US Stock Indexes Post Record Highs Despite Las Vegas ‘Horror’ $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The S&P 500 and the DJIA traded just below record highs touched at the open Monday, in a strong start to Q-4, boosted by financials and healthcare stocks and after economic data pointed to underlying strength in the economy. Shares of […]

US Manufacturing Beat Estimates in September, Hit 13.5 Yr Highs

US Manufacturing Beat Estimates in September, Hit 13.5 Yr Highs

US Manufacturing Beat Estimates in September, Hit 13.5 Yr Highs September ISM Index (actual: 60.8 consensus: 57.8; prior: 58.8) August Construction Spending (actual: 0.5%; consensus: 0.2%; prior: -1.2%) A measure of US manufacturing activity surged to a near 13.5-year highs in September as disruptions to the supply chains caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma resulted in […]

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 Spending Up, Inflation Down, USD Falling

US Consumer Spending Up, Inflation Down, USD Falling

US Consumer Spending Up, Inflation Down, USD Falling $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer spending rose a bit in July and annual inflation increased at its slowest pace since late Y 2015, diminishing expectations of a Fed interest rate hike in December. Inflation remains low even as the labor market is near full employment, a […]

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 […]

Keeping America Safe, WH Beefs Up The Defense Sector

Keeping America Safe, WH Beefs Up The Defense Sector

Keeping America Safe, WH Beefs Up The Defense Sector $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an ER (executive order) that will direct a review into whether United States military suppliers would have the ability to keep the military stocked during wartime. Nextgov reports that the Pentagon will lead the multi-agency review, […]

Lots of “Fast Growth” Ahead for the US Economy

Lots of “Fast Growth” Ahead for the US Economy

Lots of “Fast Growth” Ahead for the US Economy $DIA,  $SPY,  $QQQ,  $VXX Economists and pundits daily nay-say President Donald Trump’s economic agenda and forecast of 3% growth as fantasy. The consensus is that the economy “can’t possibly grow at 3%,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “Slow growth is the new norm, so get […]

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 […]