|Bid||0.00 x 1200|
|Ask||0.00 x 1200|
|Day's Range||246.71 - 248.10|
|52 Week Range||209.32 - 265.93|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.15%|
In Asia, President Trump's abrupt termination of the North Korea summit sent shares lower, but his decision to keep the possibilities open a day later led to a modest recovery. Looking at technical indicators, the relative strength index (RSI) appears neutral at 56.80, but the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) could see a near-term bearish crossover. Looking at technical indicators, the RSI appears neutral at 55.19, but the MACD could see a bearish crossover.
Prominent investment firm Goldman Sachs (GS) also said that the rising rates could change the valuation of the equity market (SPY) (QQQ) (DIA). Rising inflation is signaling that interest rates could rise too. The faster rate hike expectation is pushing the bond yield higher.
In the previous part of this series, we discussed that prominent investment firm Goldman Sachs (GS) believes that the US fiscal outlook isn’t good. The rising fiscal deficit could create an obstacle for the US economy (SPY). The US budget deficit and the debt level (DIA) are also gradually improving.
The prominent investment firm Goldman Sachs (GS) shared its latest view on the US economy (QQQ) (SPY), US fiscal deficit, and the US debt level in a research report on May 21. According to the investment firm, the US fiscal outlook “is not good” due to the rising debt level in the economy and the widening federal budget deficit.
After regaining strength on May 23, the S&P 500 started Thursday on a mixed note and traded with mixed sentiment throughout the day. On Thursday, only four out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the utilities and industrials sectors limited the market losses.
When assessing the crude tanker industry, it’s important to look at the BDTI (Baltic Dirty Tanker Index). In week 20, which ended on May 18, the BDTI rose from 657 to 714. In week 19, the index rose by seven points. The index shows the direction that crude tanker rates are heading. The index has risen ~2.0% since the beginning of the year.
As noted in the previous part, US steel imports have risen sharply in the last two months despite President Trump imposing the Section 232 tariffs. Looking at product specific action, rebar imports more than doubled last month. Nucor (NUE) is investing in new rebar capacity. Earlier this year, Commercial Metals Company (CMC) acquired some of Gerdau’s (GGB) US rebar mills.
“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter. Late Wednesday, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs had warned that if the U.S. called off the June 12 talks, a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” may ensue.
The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note by surging to two-month high price levels on Monday. After a brief pullback on Tuesday, the S&P 500 opened lower on May 23 and rebounded amid the improved risk appetite. On Wednesday, six out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher.
Investors are unduly optimistic about the economy and stocks, according to Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, in remarks on CNBC. More words of warning were voiced by Neil Dwane, global strategist at Allianz Global Investors, in another CNBC report.
After a brief pullback last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note by surging to eight-week high price levels on Monday. Carrying forward the strength, the S&P 500 opened higher on May 22, lost strength, and declined as the day progressed. On May 22, seven out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the industrials, energy, and materials sectors pushed the market lower. Strength in the financials and utilities sectors limited the market losses.
Does the US Steel Industry Look Healthy This Month? The Section 232 temporary exemptions that were extended by President Donald Trump on April 30 are set to expire by the end of this month. As quoted by CNBC, the statement on the exemptions said, “The Administration is also extending negotiations with Canada, Mexico, and the European Union for a final 30 days.” By stating the word “final,” the Trump administration seems to have put pressure on the exempted countries.
President Trump imposed tariffs on US steel and aluminum imports in March. The move was intended to boost domestic steel and aluminum producers. However, despite the tariffs, US steel and aluminum stocks like U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Century Aluminum (CENX), and Alcoa (AA) are sagging this year. In this article, we’ll see how the Section 232 tariffs could test President Trump’s mettle.
Palladium’s movement often diverges from that of other precious metals. Palladium rose 0.5% on Monday, despite other precious metals falling. Palladium often follows the industrial side of the market. About 80% of industrial palladium is used for catalytic converters in automobiles. With easing US-China tensions, the possibility of higher industrial demand in China has risen. The country’s car sales are improving, and China is a big market for General Motors (GM), Ford, and many other multinational brands. In 2017, China (FXI) sold ~27. ...
In this article, we’ll look at the weekly US steel production data released by the AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute). According to AISI data, US steel production rose 1.7% YoY (year-over-year) in the week that ended on May 12.
Small-cap stocks have been on fire, with the iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWM) continuously grinding out new highs last week and on Monday. While the markets have been strong — ranging from the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to the PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (NASDAQ:QQQ) — there’s still a “one foot out the door” mentality. A higher U.S. dollar may punish large-cap multinational companies, but it doesn’t inflict much damage to small caps.
The S&P 500 pulled back from two-month high price levels last week and consolidated with mixed sentiment. The S&P 500 regained strength and opened higher on May 21 amid the improved US market sentiment and reclaimed two-month high price levels. On Monday, all 11 major S&P 500 (SPY) sectors closed the day higher.
US stocks are trading higher today following constructive US-China trade talks. Notably, US-China trade friction has been among the key factors driving markets lower this year. While broader market indices including the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) are in the green today, steel stocks are taking a beating. U.S. Steel Corporation (X) and AK Steel (AKS) are down sharply. Nucor (NUE) and Steel Dynamics (STLD) are also trading lower.
The United States and China held their second round of trade talks last week. In an interview with Fox News Sunday as quoted by CNBC, Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “We are putting the trade war on hold. During the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Buffett noted, “I don’t think either country will dig themselves into something that precipitates and continues any kind of real trade war.” Buffett admitted to missing out on stocks such as Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) during the meeting.
According to data provided by the United States Census Bureau, US retail sales rose 0.3% in April compared to 0.6% in March. Retail sales met the market’s expectation of a 0.3% rise.
Do April's Inflation, Retail Sales Signal a Faster US Rate Hike? According to the data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US Consumer Price Index, or the inflation index, rose 0.2% in April compared to its 0.1% fall in March. This inflation figure didn’t meet the market’s expectation of a 0.3% rise.
US stocks ended marginally lower last week amid rising bond yields, surging oil prices, and the strengthening dollar. The S&P 500 Index (SPY) fell 0.54% and closed at 2,712.97, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) fell 0.47% to 24,715.09. The NASDAQ Composite (QQQ) fell 0.66% to 7,354.34. Markets might rally this week
Cryptocurrencies seem to be moving towards gains slowly but surely as of Monday, May 21, at 6:00 AM EST. Bitcoin has risen about 2.0% over the last 24 hours and was trading at $8,497. Bitcoin has witnessed a fall of almost 1% after seeing a $1,000 drop in the previous week.