Brexit: No more time – new backstop?

After UK Brexit votes  this week, the situation with the UK- EU is still the same. No new news  – this means that solution is not ready yet. The UK Parliament agreed that the deal could be done if the Irish border issue, the backstop, would have a new approach. What that would be, is still unclear and the EU has said  on Wednesday that there would be no new agreements.

The UK Parliament voted that no new timeline was given, which means that the March 29th exit-day is still valid. Prime Minister Theresa May was granted a mandate to negotiate with the EU collaques about the Irish border issue. According to news agencies, she is not travelling to Brussels this week any more.

The UK Parliament is having the Brexit-vote on Valentine´s Day, the February 14th and according to Bloomberg, some EU diplomats are expecting to have the EU summit about the Brexit on the March 21-22.

The financial markets have seen increasing prices in spite of the turbulence in this Brexit-matter. For example in London the FTSE 100 -index ended up 1,58 % to 6941 points, but also the Wall Street increased to new level due to the news that the Federal Reserve will be “patient” with the future interest-rates moves. The Feds Funds Rate is now at 2,25 – 2,50 percent and the Fed is still having the 2 percent inflation target.

Dow Jones was up 1,61 % to 24976 points, the S&P 500-index was up 1,51 % to 2679 points and technology-index Nasdaq was up 2,01 % to 7169 points.

The US-China tradetalks are having a new chapter when the Chinese economic advisor, Vice Premier Liu He is meeting with the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today and tomorrow.

In Asia, the stockmarkets were mixed while the HangSeng increased by 0,40 % to 27642 points and the Nikkei-index in Tokio decreased by 0,52 % to 20 556 points.

 

 

 

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Stocks up in Wall Street – Brexit talks continued

Stocks ended up in Wall Street on Friday. All the three major indices gained over 1 % because of the Bloomberg news that China has agreed to buy US goods by a value of 1 trillion dollars in order to reduce the US trade surplus to zero by 2024. Last year the trade surplus was 323 billion dollars.

Dow Jones – index gained 1,38 % and ended to 24706 points, S&P 500 -index gained 1,32 % and ended to 2670 points and Nasdaq 1,03 % to 7157 points. On Monday the markets will be closed due to Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

In London the Brexit talks continued and PM Theresa May had talks with EU-leaders and she met also other members of her Cabinet. According to Bloomberg she will have to present a new plan on Monday in the Parliament. The House of Commons will vote on different Brexit plans on January 29th. The stock markets ended up in London City and FT 100 -index gained 1,95 % to 6968 points.

In Germany the DAX index ended up 2,63 % to 11205 points and in France the CAC 40-index 1,70 %  to 4875 points.

In Asia the Nikkei-index ended up 1,24 % to 20666 points and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index ended up 1,25 % to 27090 points.

Euro was trading 0,21 % down to 1,136 dollars. The UK sterling was down 0,85 % to 1,28 dollars.

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Stocks to one-month high – Goldman up

The US stock markets continued their upward trend and the shareindexes reached one-month high during Wednesday trading. Two big financial companies, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, both exceeded their earnings estimates.

Goldman Sachs reported its full year and fourth quarter earnings and according to the report, the group´s net revenues were 36,62 billion dollars and net earnings 10,46 billion dollars for the whole year 2018. The company shares jumped and lifted also Dow Jones- index and the banking sector as well.

-We are pleased with our performance for the year, achieving stronger top and bottom line results despite a challenging backdrop for our market-making businesses in the second half. For the year, we delivered double-digit revenue growth,
the highest earnings per share in the firm’s history and the strongest return on equity since 2009. We are confident that we are well positioned to support an even larger universe of clients, continue to diversify our revenue mix and deliver
strong returns for our shareholders in the years ahead, David Salomon, the CEO and Chairman of the Group said.

Dow Jones index ended up 0,90 % to 24 282 points, S&P 500 -index 0,41 % to 2623 points and Nasdaq ended up 0,39 % to 7051 points.

In London, where the UK Goverment won the confidence vote, FTSE ended down 0,47 % to 6862 points. The voting started at 7 pm local time. In Germany the DAX-index ended up 0,36 % to 10 931 points and in France the CAC-index ended up 0,51 % to 4810 points.

In Asia the Nikkei-index traded down 0,55 % to 20 442 points, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index ended up 0,27 % to 26 902 points.

 

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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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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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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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Global stocks down – BoE considering green tests for banks

The global stock market continued the downward trend on Monday. S&P 500 -index ended down 2,08 % to 2545 points and Dow Jones -index 2,11 % to 23592 points. Tech-index Nasdaq ended down 2,27 % to 6753 points.

Global economic growth concerns continued in the markets. Markets were also looking at the Federal Reserve meeting this week about the future interest rates.

France decided to introduce the digital tax, starting from the January 1st. This means that big tech-companies must pay “digital tax” from their revenues. This will be implemented to big tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. France expects that the tax will be about 500 million euros a year.

In Europe the stocks were also down. In Germany the Dax-index was down 0,86 % to 10772 points, in France, Paris the CAC 40 -index ended down 1,11 % to 4799 points and in London City, the FTSE 100-index was ended down 1,05 % to 6773 points.

The Bank of England´s governor Mark Carney told to FT, that he is considering of green stress tests for banks. This would mean that the national banks would be tested how they  can manage Climate Change risks and opportunities in their operations.

According to the bank survey, only 10 % of the banks were taking long enough view of the climate related issues. The final decision of the green stress test will be made by the central bank´s financial policy commitee.

In the Brexit-update, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May told that the vote about the Brexit-deal would happen in mid January in the Parliament.

In Asia, Nikkei 225 index was among the few indexes to gain on Monday trading. It ended up 0,62 % to 21506 points., In Hong Kong the Hang Seng  index ended down 0,03 % to 26 087 points.

Euro was unchanged at 1,13 dollars.

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