Stocks started up in Wall Street – Tesla and Apple in headlines

The financial markets ended slightly up on Wednesday trading in Wall Street. The year´s first trading day started with a small downside, but at the end of the day, the direction was positive with all the major Wall Street indices.

The electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced its production figures from the fourth quarter and according to the information, the company produced 63.150 Model 3 Sedans during that period. Totally the company annual electric car production was about 245.200 in 2018. The official quarter figures are still to be published, the day is not yet confirmed. Tesla shares fell sharply first, but ended down 6,81 % to 305,50 dollars due to the published price cuts. The company informed that the car prices will be lowered by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

The second surprice for the markets was the mobile phone manufacturer Apple (AAPL), who said that the revenue forecast will be lower due to the economy situation in China. According to CEO Tim Cook, the China economy slowdown has been greater than earlier expected. Apple´s announcement sent the stock price to about 7 % decline.

Apple´s announcement was the first big information about the China economy and the trade talks situation. The President Donald Trump and his Chinese collaque President Xi Jinping are expected to continue the talks next week. During the holiday weekend president Trump indicated that the US and China trade talks have had positive signs.

In the US markets, the goverment shutdowns have continued and after the political leaders meeting the outcome was, that the shutdowns are expected to continue.

In the UK, The Brexit situation is the same as Prime Minister Theresa May said that the situation is not changed. According to Financial Times, PM May is going to have discussions with some of the European leaders during this week.  The UK Goverment has urged pharma companies and supermarkets to reserve enough drug and food stock in the case of no-Brexit. The UK Parliament is expected to vote on the deal in the middle of January.

Dow Jones -index ended up 0,08 % to 2344 points, S&P 500 -index ended up 0,12 % to 2509 points and Nasdaq-index ended up 0,46 % to 6665 points. In London the FTSE 100 -index was up 0,09 % to 6734 points and in Germany the DAX-index ended up 0,20 % to 10580 points.

In Asia the Wednesday trading was on negative side, while in Tokyo the stocks fell and Nikkei-index ended down 0,31 % to 20014 points and in Hong Kong  the Hang Seng index declined 2,77 % to 25 130 points.

Euro declined 1,04 % to 1,13 dollars as did the UK sterling, 1 % to 1,26 dollars.

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Apple: Revenue will be lower due to China (updated)

The US mobile phone manufacturer Apple (AAPL) has lowered its forecast for the fiscal-first quarter revenue outlook due to the China market. Apple says that it expects the revenue to be 84 billion dollars in the quarter. According to Bloomberg estimates, the revenue expectation was 91,3 billion dollars in average.

– While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China. In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline, occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac and iPad, Apple´s CEO Tim Cook said in an investor letter on Wednesday.

According to Cook, the other figures “remain broadly in line with our earlier estimates”. He also pointed out, that the revenue stream outside of the iPhone grew almost 19 % year-on-year. For example Wearables grew almost 50 % on annual basis. Also the services generated over 10,8 billion dollars during the quarter and according to Cook the company is on track to achieve its goal of doubling the size of this business from 2016 to 2020.

In spite of the cutting forecast, Cook expects to set all-time revenue records in several developed countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Korea. – And, while we saw challenges in some emerging markets, others set records, including Mexico, Poland, Malaysia and Vietnam, he added.

Apple´s stock fell in after-hours trading about 7 % to 147 dollars.  Apple is to publish its final first fiscal quarter, ended 29th December 2018,  on the 29th January 2019.

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Tesla´s year deliveries 245.240 electric cars in 2018

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced that it has delivered totally 245.240 electric cars during last year. According to the company info, Tesla produced almost as many cars in 2018 as they did in all years together. The company published  its fourth quater production info on Wednesday.

– In Q4, we produced and delivered at the rate of nearly 1,000 vehicles per day, setting new company records for both production and deliveries.
Production in Q4 grew to 86,555 vehicles, 8% more than our prior all-time high in Q3. This included 61,394 Model 3 vehicles (in line with our guidance and 15% more than Q3) and 25,161 Model S and X vehicles, consistent with our long-term run rate of approximately 100,000 per year, the company said.

Tesla delivered the new Model 3 only in the North America, while the international deliveries in Europe and in China are expected to start in February this year.

-Our inventory levels remain the smallest in the automotive industry, and we were able to reduce vehicles in transit to customers by significantly improving our logistics system in North America, Tesla continued.

Tesla also announced that it will cut the car prises by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

– Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in
the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000, the company wrote.

– Tesla’s achievements in 2018 likely represent the biggest single-year growth in the history of the automotive industry. We started the year with a delivery run rate of about 120,000 vehicles per year and ended it at more than 350,000 vehicles per year – an increase of almost 3X. As a result, we’re starting to make a tangible impact on accelerating the world to sustainable energy.

– Additionally, 2018 was the first time in decades that an American car – the Model 3 – was the best-selling premium vehicle in the U.S. for the full year, with
U.S. sales of Model 3 roughly double those of the runner up, the company said.

Tesla´s shares fell sharply during the first trading hours after the announcement, but gained slightly during the day and ended down 6,81 % to 308,88 dollars in Wall Street. The profit and sales figures for the last quarter of 2018 will be published later on, the day is not confirmed yet.

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Highlights of the year 2018 – Brexit, trade talks and green finance

The year 2018 was a year of Brexit, electric cars and trade talks. It included special moments in the financial markets and in the company side. Green Bonds and Green Finance were getting more attention in the markets and trade talks and Brexit were the topics during the year 2018 along. Climate Change and low carbon landed also in the agenda of central banks.

Investors were also asking what is the role of the City as a global financial hub. Should it have its own rules in spite of the Brexit? In the financial hub competition, Frankfurt and Paris were the European cities to get more new financial offices as financial companies were moving some operations to the EU side.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote of the Brexit during Janury 2019 after very intensive debate about the deal during the year.

Climate Change has become part of the everyday life in the financial markets and for example one of the biggest insurance companies in the US, Berskhire Hathaway informed in February 2018, that it has got 3 billion dollars losses of the natural catastrophies, the hurricances in the US. Several central banks, including the European Central Bank and some Asian ones, have also agreed about the co-operation in the climate issues and how to monitor the impact on the markets.

In the tech-side augmented reality and ioT were the themes for the year. Apple, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Intel  and Samsung  were one of the tech-companies to deliver new services related to the new technology. On the other side of the topic, Facebook was dealing with the privacy issues globally. New tech- companies listed in the markets were for example Spotify and Xiaomi.

Year 2018 was a year of electric cars in many countries. The e-cars breakthrough with charging issues was one of the tech topics as well. Telsa founder Elon Musk was the leading industry sector figure as he estimated that Tesla would make one million cars by 2020 in February 2018.

Also the German automakers announced new investments and concept cars. For example the BMW Group launched an autonomous driving campus in Munich in March 2018.

Year 2018 was also a year for luxury goods and services. The Basel World 2018 -fair announced its good selling and for example the CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe,  told ComteamPUB+ that the company expects double digit growth for the year and that the Chinese customers will be the leading segment.

In the debt markets the US Uber and Netflix issued their junk bonds to investors. Uber, the ride-sharing company, is said to plan an IPO for the year 2019 according to the secret filings to the SEC.

One of the biggest infrastructure projects ever, the China Silk Road, is getting more attention from the green investors side, while the organization made its first announcement of the green principles for the project co-operation and operators. The ancient Silk Road is expected to rise the GDP growth by 4 % or 240 billion dollars in the countries invlolved according to Credit Suisse analysis.

The aim of the Roman time Silk Road is to connect the western Europe with the eastern coast of China and to renew the infrasturcture in between. This means also that the 10 world largest container ports are located along the route.

Trade talks between different countries have continued lively during the year. US and China have been in the headlines, but also the EU with its agreement with Japan.  The political situation and rising volatility in the financial markets tell the direction for the next year. Geopolitical easing is needed.

Päivi Härkönen, co-founder, ComteamPUB+

 

 

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Stocks mixed in Wall Street – Dell returned to the markets

The US stocks were mixed on Friday trading in Wall Street. The Dow Jones index was down 0,52 % to 23018 points, but the Nasdaq-index ended up 0,08 % to 6584 points. Larger S&P 500 index ended down 0,13 % to 2485 points.

Technology-company Dell Technologies (DVMT) returned to the markets, when its listing started again. The shares were listed in NYSE after six years as a private company. During Friday, the banking group Wells Fargo (WFU) announced that it will pay 575 million dollars to the state as settlement of phony accounts and customer abuses.

The e-cars manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced two new board members as part of the SEC settlement. The Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and HR director Kathleen Wilson-Thompson will join the board. Tesla shares gained after the news. California is also the first US state to mandate women in boards.

In Europe the stocks gained and for example in London the FTSE 100 -index rose 1,89 % to 6653 points. In Germany the DAX-index ended up 1,71% to 10558 points and in France the CAC 40 index ended up 1,74 % to 4678 points.

In Asia stocks were mixed. In Tokyo the Nikkei-index ended down 0,31 % to 20014 points, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index gained 0,10 % to 25504 points.

Euro was trading slightly up 0,20% at 1,14 dollars and the UK sterling 0,47 % up to 1,27 dollars.

Brent oil, ICE, was up 0,08% to 52,20 dollars per barrell.

The year 2018 has been very downside trend for the global stocks and according to Bloomberg this year has been the worst year since 2008.

The volatility is expected to continue in 2019. On the agenda there is for example the Brexit vote, USChina trade talks, US Goverment shutdowns and the monetary policies of central banks.

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Stocks made comeback – Fed planning press calls 2019

The US stock markets made their comeback during Thursday trading. After the morning decline the stocks turned to green at the end of the trading day and for example the Dow Jones -index ended up 1,14 % to 23 138 points.

Investors were worried about the economy outlook related to tradetalks between the US and China, the goverment shutdowns and latest macro data regarding the consumer confidence.  According to the Conference Board ,the confidence index declined to 128,1, while the market estimate was 133,5 (Bloomberg).

Some new insight was given during the day, while it is expected that the US and China negotiators will meet on January the 7th in Beijing to continue the trade talks. One of the biggest issues is  also the tech-company Huawei and its position in the US markets. According to Reuters, President Donald Trump is considering different options related to the company and its security issues.

The recent discussion about the Federal Reserve and its interest rates policy has had its impact on the communications of the Central Bank. The Chairman  Jerome Powell is considering having press calls after each Fed meeting, starting next year. This would have its new impact on the trading activities as well, while new comments, and maybe market-moving comments may appear after the meetings.

The tech-index Nasdaq ended up 0,38 % 6579 points and larger S&P 500 -index 0,86 % to 2488 points.

In Europe the FTSE 100 -index declined 1,52 % to 6584 points – in Frankfurt the Dax-index ended down 2,37 % to 10381 points and in Paris the CAC 40 -index declined 0,60 % to 4598 points.

In Asia, Nikkei-index ended up 3,88 % to 20077 points in Tokyo but in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index declined 0,67 % to 25 478 points.

Euro gained 0,72 % against dollar and was 1,114 dollars. The UK sterling gained 0,13 % was was 1,265 dollars.

The Swiss franc gained as safe-haven currency against euro and dollar and was 0,9875 dollars and 1,129 euros.

Brent crude (ICE)  declined 2,92 % to 52,88 dollars per barrel.

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Retail lead the rise in Wall Street

Retail sector was the leading one in Wall Street trading today on Wednesday.  For example Amazon reported record high holiday sales and the stock jumped over 9 % to 1470 dollars. The financial markets in general jumped sharply after the deep decline before the Christmas time.

Dow Jones -index gained 4,98 % and ended at 22878 points. Tech-index Nasdaq jumped 5,84 % to 6554 points and S&P 500 -index 4,79 % to 2463 points.

The Brent Crude (ICE) rose 8,66 % to 54,84 dollars.

Dollar declined slightly to 1,135 dollars and UK sterling 0,25 % to 1,26 dollars.

On Thursday the European markets will also open the trading after the Christmas holidays.

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