In what will hardly come as a surprise, Tesla - which burned half a billion dollars in the fourth quarter - just announced it is raising capital in the form of a $250 million common stock and $750 million convertible offering
The lack of uber-hawkishness in the dot-plot appears to have been enough for dollar-buyers to desert the trade in the short-term. The reaction to The Fed's 3rd hike in 11 years is buying bonds, buying stocks, and buying bullion...
In the latest creeping takeover by Goldman Sachs of the White House, overnight the White House announced that Donald Trump will nominate another Goldman Sachs banker, James Donovan, for a key financial post as deputy Treasury secretary, the White House said on Tuesday, adding another alumnus of the Wall Street investment bank to his administration.
European stocks declined for first session in five ahead of Wednesday's Dutch elections and Fed rate hike announcement. Fed concerns also dragged down Asian shares and S&P futures, while the dollar rose. Crude oil has ended its six-day drop. The pound tumbled 0.8% to the lowest since mid-January in a delayed reaction after Theresa May won permission to trigger the country’s departure from the EU.
Intel has agreed to buy Israeli technology firm Mobileye for $14-$15 billion according to a report in Israeli financial newspaper TheMarker, sending MBLY shares soaring over 30% higher premarket. An official announcement of the acquisition, the largest ever for an Israeli high-tech company, is expected later on Monday, TheMarker reported on its website.
"A civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called "a fiery meeting" in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street."
In a second salvo against the strong dollar on the same day, Bloomberg reports that during his first appearance at next week's G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to drive home the message that the U.S. won’t tolerate countries that engage in currency devaluation to gain an edge in trade.
"I’ve tried my best to seek truth, reveal government deception, and generally be a thorn in the side of the establishment. Based on Mencken’s definition, I’m a dangerous man to the government, who has spread discontent among those capable of thinking things out for themselves. You may not realize it, but the war has already begun. No matter what the hell is going on, I sure hope the good guys win."
If wages disappoint for the second month in a row, then markets may begin to ease back their hiking expectations for the rest of the year. For markets to price out a rate hike in March, wage growth would probably need to slow markedly and the headline NFP number to fall well below 100K.
"The dissonance between what I have been observing and what is being flogged by the establishment mouthpieces in the corporate mainstream media has never been greater. I’m 53 years old. The older I get the less sure I am about things I was sure about when I was 25 years old... I find it exhausting. We’re lost in a blizzard of lies."