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President Trump’s back and forth on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is raising new questions over whether the U.S. might try to get back in. Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Rick Newman answer your questions.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a monthly report that tracks price trends in wholesale markets. Industries from the manufacturing sector (XLI) are surveyed for changes in input prices, and this survey data is used to construct the PPI (Producer Price Index). The survey comprises questions on raw material prices, production levels, and finished goods.
3M (MMM) is expected to post an adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of $2.51 in 1Q18—an increase of 16.2% compared to 1Q17. In 1Q17, 3M reported an adjusted EPS of $2.16. If 3M can beat Wall Street analysts’ expectations, it would continue its trend of beating the estimates in every quarter last year.
There was a time when GE Capital paid dividends to General Electric (GE). After some significant disclosures, GE took a $6.2 billion hit in GE Capital’s insurance portfolio. GE also declared that it would inject $15.0 billion into the Capital business’s reserves over the next seven years.
Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) is set to announce its 1Q18 earnings on April 20, 2018, before the market opens. It plans to hold a conference call that day at 8:00 AM EST. In this series, we’ll look at SWK’s stock performance since its 4Q17 earnings and analysts’ revenue and EPS (earnings per share) estimates and recommendations.
Honeywell (HON) is set to announce its 1Q18 earnings on April 20, 2018, before the market opens. It plans to hold a conference call that day, at 7:30 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time). In this series, we’ll look at Honeywell’s stock performance since its 4Q17 earnings, and analysts’ revenue and EPS (earnings per share) estimates and recommendations. We’ll also compare HON’s latest valuation and short interest with peers’.
Analysts expect CSX (CSX) to register an operating margin of 32.2% in 1Q18. This expectation represents a potential 1.4% expansion compared to last year’s operating margin of 30.8%. For 2018, analysts expect the company to attain an operating margin of 35.5%, indicating an expansion of 1.8% over its 2017 margin of 33.8%.
Although markets seem to be shaking off their initial worries about tariffs and their unintended consequences—especially as they have yet to go into effect—Wells Fargo's Jay Bryson warns that if they are ultimately enacted, it could lead to higher material, labor, and other overhead costs for a number of American industries, either directly or indirectly. Some of the sectors facing higher costs from tariffs seem fairly apparent, writes Bryson. For example, the aircraft manufacturing industry looks especially vulnerable, as some 67% of the input costs for the group are at risk of higher pricing, either directly or indirectly, from the announced list of tariffs.
The non-farm payrolls for March rose by 103,000, which was below the consensus expectation of 193,000 jobs being added and way below the February number of 326,000 jobs. The unemployment rate for March remained unchanged at 4.1%.
The US Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes a monthly report on US international trade in goods and services that details the changes in imports and exports. The latest report indicated that the goods and services deficit was $57.6 billion in February, an increase of $0.9 billion from $56.7 billion in January. The trade deficit is currently at a nine-year high, and this could be cited as one of the key reasons the Trump administration has taken steps to increase trade barriers.
As is evident from its policy decisions, which include rate cuts, trade wars, and the easing of lending via the amendment of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Trump administration is pushing for domestic manufacturing. Railroads (XLI) could see improved traction and consistent growth amid improving coal and industrial output in 2018. Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.B) BNSF consistently grew its business in 2017 on higher operating profits aided by investments made to improve efficiency.