It’s time for the 22-Jan-24 edition of Capnote’s Weekly Spotlight (reading time 6 minutes). This week, you’ll discover:
- How to save time on financial statement analysis.
- Gaining & declining trends to watch including Infrastructure and Natural Gas.
- Future look – news and upcoming earnings to watch out for.
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Over the last week, the S&P 500 continued its upward trend and hit record all time highs. Bitcoin continued to fall after ETF approval from the SEC with most analysts believing this is due to profit taking.
- US 10 year treasury +4.75%
- S&P 500 +1.17%
- Hang Seng -5.76%
- Crude Oil (Brent) +0.54%
- US dollar index (DXY) +0.82%
- Gold -0.73%
- Bitcoin -2.88%
Below is a selection of industries or commodities which have displayed upward price action over the last week and perhaps longer.
- Sugar: Extreme weather linked to El Nino have impacted sugar production and damaged Asian crops. India’s exports of sugar declined causing supply crunches in importing markets such as the US and across Sub-Saharan Africa. This impacts the cost of sweets and baked goods. Click here to read our previous summary of El Nino and industries it impacts.
- Infrastructure: BlackRock’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Global Infrastructure Partners from Nigerian founder Adebayo Ogunlesi provides some evidence of the growing demand for infrastructure. With ongoing global trends such as urbanization, digitization and electrification, there is a persistent need to improve and create new infrastructure.
Below is a selection of industries or commodities which have displayed downward price action over the last week and perhaps longer.
- Electric Vehicles: Demand for EV’s appears to be waning so far in 2024. A trend which started in Q4,2023 amidst reports of unsold inventory piling up. Shares of EV makers such as BYD, Tesla and Nio are down -6%, -15% and -28% in 2024. Tesla’s earnings release this week will be important for the industry.
- Natural Gas: A relatively mild winter and warmer weather forecasts have caused natural gas prices to slump even further over the last week. Traders are now contending with overcapacity. According to the Canadian Press, “It’s a continuation of last year’s downward trend. U.S. natural gas prices averaged $2.57 per mmBTU in 2023, about 62% below the 2022 average annual price.”
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News To Watch
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The buy now, pay later holiday debt hangover has arrived, as consumers wonder how they’ll pay bills – CNBC. Buy now, pay later helped fuel record holiday spending online, surging 14% year over year, but now that those bills are coming due, consumers aren’t sure how they’ll pay them.
Central Banks’ Gold Buying Frenzy Set To Continue in 2024 – Oil Price Via SchiffGold.com, The first half of 2023 was a record-breaking moment for central bank gold buying, led by none other than China and Russia. Organizations like the World Gold Council reported a staggering increase compared to 2022.
German auto suppliers struggle Chinese EV makers like Tesla-beating BYD rise: ‘Who is the winner and who is the loser is changing’ – Fortune.For decades, German suppliers like Schaeffler, Continental, and ZF Friedrichshafen confidently thrived alongside the nation’s automotive powerhouses, including Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. But the transition to electric vehicles suggests they can no longer rely on their old advantages.
Below is a selection of events and earnings expected this week.
- Texas Instruments Incorporated
- Microsoft Corporation
- Lockheed Martin Corp
- Netflix, Inc.
- Tesla, Inc
- At&T Inc.
- Alaska Air Group, Inc.
- Colgate Palmolive Company
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Written By Ikenna Ene