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Netflix Shock Hits FAANG Stocks Hard

Posted by Zero Hedge

on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:34


U.S. equity futures are flat, alongside European and Asian stocks as global markets recovered some ground on Tuesday after oil prices stabilized and as trade war fears subsided with attention still squarely focused on Trump's Putin summit, even as global tech stocks, Nasdaq futs and FAANGs - or is that FAAGs now - felt the pressure from yesterday's NFLX earnings bomb.... CLICK for the complete article


Timing & trends

Europe’s EV Sales Growth Is Slowing

Posted by Tsvetana Paraskova

on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:29


Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids in Europe’s top car markets rose by just 33 percent in the first half this year, compared to a 54-percent surge in the same period last year, as customers are still wary of limited driving ranges of the models and an insufficient.....CLICK for the complete article


Stocks & Equities

Macquarie Downgrades Twitter, Says Valuation 'Will Likely Limit Upside'

Posted by Hannah Genig

on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:21


User trends, limited catalysts and valuation concerns triggered a downgrade of Twitter, Inc. by Macquarie on Wednesday. A point of concern are Twitter's usage trends, which have and will not increase rapidly.... CLICK for the complete article


Timing & trends

This Rare Signal Shows a Time of Strength for U.S. Stocks

Posted by Michael Carr - Peak Velocity Trader

on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:16

The yield curve measures the difference between short- and long-term interest rates.

Long-term rates are usually higher than short-term rates. That’s because there’s more risk in the long term.

When short-term rates exceed long-term rates, the yield curve inverts. That’s a rare and ominous signal that has been an early warning sign for every recession in the past 60 years.

But this time is different.

The chart below shows long-term interest rates issued by the U.S., Germany and Japan. It shows why the yield curve is set to invert.


(Source: Yardeni.com)

Germany is paying only 0.24%. Japan offers investors just 0.03%. Meanwhile, the U.S. offers 2.87%.

Global investors chase the highest yield. So, they’re buying U.S. bonds.

When foreign investors buy bonds, they drive long-term interest rates down. This sets up the potential inversion that’s worrying so many analysts.

But this time, the yield curve isn’t signaling a recession. That’s because of the unique circumstance of yields around the world being so low.

Normally, the inversion would result from investors selling stocks as the economy weakens. Large investors need to put their money somewhere, so they buy bonds.

That pushes interest rates down, and the yield curve eventually inverts. At least that’s what happened in the past.

Right now, earnings growth is strong, and stocks are doing well. The yield curve is rising because global investors are also chasing yields and seeking safety in long-term bonds.

This time, if the yield curve inverts, it will be a short-term time of strength for U.S. stocks and the dollar. It won’t be a reason to worry, at least not at first.

This will be a signal to buy since stocks are likely to shoot higher as dollars rush into the U.S. from around the world.


Michael Carr, CMT

Editor, Peak Velocity Trader


Stocks & Equities

Netflix: Not A Buy On The Dip

Posted by SeekingAlpha

on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:26


Netflix (NFLX) plunged in after-hours trade after the company's growth in membership numbers failed to meet its forecast for the first time in five quarters. Netflix shares fell 14% to US$344 in after-hours trade, the steepest drop in nearly four years if the stock plunged on the same trajectory during market hours. While the company has a first-mover advantage and owns a dominant market share in the online video streaming business, competitive pressures are starting to intensify.... CLICK for the complete article


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