The market clearly wants to go up; today’s high of the Dow came close to scraping the high we saw in early November. All factors are pointing to a positive climb upward – the only potential inhibitor being China. On this Wednesday’s episode of Varney & Co., Shah Gilani believes that we will get some sort of superficial deal with China and it will propel the market higher. Later, Amazon.com Inc. (NasdaqGS:AMZN) could be on the brink of something HUGE that you won’t want to miss… Click here to watch.
Archive for February, 2019
Poor Elon Musk, he just can’t get enough attention. Apparently, Jussie Smollett has the same problem.
Good thing for one of them there’s a difference between them.
In terms of their crimes, in Smollett’s case the wrongdoing is alleged, while in Musk’s case he signed his own admission.
I’m not interested in Jussie Smollett’s big part on a waning show on the small screen or his small life off-screen and his desire to be on TMZ, which turned into national news.
But I am very interested to see if the TMZ-lite of Wall Street, the SEC, slaps Elon Musk on the wrist again for his latest crime – or does its job properly, once and for all.
You can follow the Smollett saga on TV (be careful what you wish for, Jussie).
But you’re not going to get the “inside edition” of what’s happening with Tesla Inc. (NasdaqGS:TSLA), what could happen to Musk, and how you can make money on the situation anywhere…
Except for right here at Wall Street Insights & Indictments.
The price of bitcoin rose 8.6% from the end of last week to yesterday, February 18, on news that JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) was launching the first-ever major bank-backed cryptocurrency, JPM Coins.
Apparently, after Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s chairman and CEO, called bitcoin a “fraud,” saying in October 2017, “If you’re stupid enough to buy it, you’ll pay the price for it one day,” the big bank honcho has had second thoughts.
Something changed for Dimon and JPMorgan Chase, and today I’ll tell you what a bank coming to market with its own coin means for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – and it isn’t what you think.
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE:DB)’s “troubles” aren’t just a concern for the survival of Germany’s largest bank; they’re the same troubles most European banks face.
Frighteningly, those troubles collectively threaten the future of the European Union and, by extension, global markets.
That makes Deutsche Bank Europe’s canary in the coal mine.
Bond and equity markets better be listening to the chirping noise coming from Frankfurt, because it’s getting louder.
Let’s talk about what’s ailing Deutsche Bank and what DB tells us about other European banks. Then we’ll get into how the European Central Bank (ECB) is the common thread in their flawed knitting, and what could happen to bond and equity markets if the canary croaks.
The market clearly wants to go up after the rough patch that was December 2018. January was a glimmer of hope, and after ten consecutive weeks of outflows from ETFs and mutual fund products, Shah Gilani believes that money is looking to the market – and if the rally continues, it’ll jump back in.
On this episode of Varney & Co., the panel of experts discuss go on to discuss what Amazon.com Inc. (NasdaqGS:AMZN)’s first-mover advantage may have had on Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT)’s recent grocery delivery problems. It’s no secret that Amazon’s strength greatly weakens other companies, and with Walmart willingly bowing out of the agreement they had with their partnerships, this may not bode well for Walmart’s ability to keep up with the trends… Click here to learn more.
Last week, senators Chuck Schumer (D. NY) and Bernie Sanders of (D. VT) co-authored an opinion piece in the New York Times titled, “Limit Corporate Buybacks” with the subtitle “Corporate self-indulgence has become an enormous problem for workers and for the long-term strength of the economy.”
They’re right that buybacks should be limited, but wrong about their impact on workers and the economy.
So, today I’ll tell you what the senators got right, what they got wrong, and how buybacks should be treated.
Growth across the European Union is slowing, quickly and dramatically. On top of that, Brexit looms.
For interest rates, the euro, European stock markets, and Eurozone banks, that means, look out below.
Something’s happening across Europe, and you need to be aware.
Things could get bad, and you need to know where to take cover.
Following President Trump’s State of the Union address, the agenda of which he stated was neither Republican or Democrat, but was one of “the American people,” it seems that nothing, so far, that he said will push the market one way or the other.
On today’s episode of Varney & Co., in reference to last night’s address, Shah Gilani goes on to say that had the President said something more positive about China, the market may have opened stronger today. Moving straight into some of the market’s tech darlings, host Stuart Varney asks Shah what he thinks about Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS:AAPL) and one company that Shah warns could be hit hard if it keeps raising costs… Click here to watch.
Most Americans would probably agree, if the Federal Reserve hadn’t come to the rescue in the 2008 financial crisis, the United States (and the world) would have sunk into another Great Depression.
However, most Americans don’t realize that the Fed caused the financial crisis of 2008 by keeping interest rates artificially too low for too long, fostering “irrational exuberance” and insanely leveraged mortgage bubbles.
How do you know I’m telling you the truth?
Ask yourself two questions:
- What caused the financial crisis?
- Where was ground zero?
If you don’t immediately and automatically, instinctively and historically know the answers to both questions, I’m afraid you don’t know what you don’t know.
The Federal Reserve System, the privately-owned central bank that most Americans believe is a department of the U.S. government, just publicly gave itself the last hammer it needs to nail shut the coffin they shoved free markets into.
By admitting it’s going to “think about financial conditions,” meaning the stock market, when exercising control over interest rates, the Federal debt, consumer and producer prices, employment, the economy, and investor returns, the Fed cemented its position as chief of the new command economy.