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05-MAY 04-2023

Good morning.
Next Move_While energy was last year’s market winning sector, this year is likely to be different.  Energy prices are already well off their highs from last year.  But trends are pushing towards lower energy prices, particularly for oil.
The first trend is a slowing global economy.  Fears of a slowing economy have already taken oil down to about $70 per barrel, just weeks after OPEC announced a production cut.  Now, we’re seeing the strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) continue to be drained.  The past week saw the Biden administration lower reserves by 2 million barrels – the fifth straight week of declines.
While lower oil prices could make it cheaper to restock the SPR, in the meantime, the trend is against energy plays now.  Traders in the sector may want to look at trades betting on further downside.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

Is This Banking Collapse Worse Than 2008?
The three big banks that have collapsed so far in 2023 collectively held more assets than all 25 of the failed banks of 2008 did.  The attempts to reform the banking system failed.  Unfortunately, today’s banking crisis is far from over…  [Read Here]

Avalanche Of Major Bankruptcies Take Investors By Surprise
For 2009 there were 118 bankruptcies through April.  In Covid-impacted 2020, there were 71 bankruptcies.  In 2023 there have been 70.  This is the third worst start to the year since 2000… [Read Here]

May 04, 2022

Earthquake QuarterGood morning.
The market selloff has been brutal for tech stocks, but that’s the case in any selloff.  Right now, one of the more interesting sectors is retail.  The space as a whole now trades at a PE ratio of about 15, compared to 27 just a year ago.  It’s the cheapest level for this sector since 2014.
There are good arguments for or against an investment now.  Rising retail theft, particularly in places where low-level theft isn’t being prosecuted, is heavily cutting into retailer’s margins.  And many consumers are cutting back on spending as prices rise.
That said, once the latest inflation fears start to fade, likely later in the year should year-over-year inflation levels start to decline, this sector could be poised for a takeoff toward its historic valuation of the past few years.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

China Moves To Undermine America’s Last Economic Advantage
Beijing is very worried about the potential effects of sanctions on China’s vast holding of foreign assets, but the fact that they weren’t able to come up with any solution shows the extent to which China is locked into a structural problem. [Read Here]

Why April 2022 Will Go Down In History
April 2022 will go down in history as a milestone that has only been seen on three previous occasions since 1973.  A month in which the S&P500 Index and US Treasuries have fallen at the same time, 5% and 2% respectively.  Also, the US dollar has… [Read Here]

May 04, 2021

Mothers-Day_3Good morning.
Online auction site eBay (EBAY) became huge in the 1990s thanks to the demand for Beanie Babies.  As the central site for that fad, the company was able to expand and survive the internet bubble.
Now, the company is looking to enable cryptocurrency payments, to better serve its customers.  It’s also looking to break into the NFT, or non-fungible token market.  NFTs are digital assets like a picture or song.  While they can be copied, blockchain data provides the owner of the NFT with the assurance that they are, in fact, the original owner.  NFTs have been big business so far this year, and show one of many applications for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

The BIGGER Short –Jon Schwarz & Ryan Grim,The Intercept
Wall Street’s biggest names are up to their 2008 shenanigans again.  This time, with business loans.  It’s a $4.5 trillion market, and delinquencies just hit all-time highs… [Read Here]

Bank of America: “Transitory Hyperinflation Ahead” –Tyler Durden,ZeroHedge
On BofA’s earnings call, inflation concerns “skyrocketed to near record highs from 2011, pointing to at the very least, ‘transitory’ hyper-inflation ahead.” [Read Here]

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May 04, 2020

The quarterly numbers came inGood morning.
As you begin to look at the entirety of last week, it was a ride.  So much optimism at the beginning and culminated with GOOG and FB gaping higher following earnings.
It peaked on hump day and never recovered.  By the end of the week the gains were largely erased from industries that would benefit from reopening the economy.  Some article will point to earnings or discussion of tariffs, but it makes you wonder whether the extensions in California in elsewhere began to dim the light at the end of a very long tunnel.

In Other News:

Get Ready for the Next Great Bull Market in Gold  John Doody detailed why he thinks gold prices can shoot to $3,000 per ounce – and maybe more – in the near future.

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