Author: Camila Morocho

Markets New All-Time High

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”
                                 
– Mark Twain

 

Markets New All-Time High

Contents:

  1. Last Week’s Closing Prices
  2.  Market News
  3. Tickers to Watch
  4. Discord Recap
  5. Earnings Recap
  6. Up-Coming Earnings

 

Last Week’s Closing Prices
April 1st, 2021

Market News

  Boeing Takes Flight 

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Southwest Airlines was potentially looking to ink a new deal with Airbus, ending a 50-year relationship with Boeing.

Following the grounding of a large portion of their fleet and many partner companies deciding to move away from Boeing altogether, this news was yet another huge hit to the Boeing Company this year. On Monday morning, in what was a massive turn of events, Southwest announced they had signed an impressive deal to receive a whole new fleet of 737 Max 7 airplanes. Southwest has long followed a cost leadership strategy and the fleet-wide move to the smaller 737 Max 7 models is yet another step towards increased efficiency in training, maintenance, and consistent pricing.

This is the largest purchase Boeing has received since November, when U.S. regulators lifted the 20-month flight ban imposed on Boeing aircraft in 2019. The order consisted of 349 MAX  7 firm orders and an additional 270 Max 7 options from 2021 through 2031.

On top of Southwest’s current order, United Airlines announced they would purchase 25 additional 737 MAX jets and Ryanair has agreed to buy 75 new 737 MAX jets.

Stan Deal, Boeing’s CEO who was appointed in 2019 to navigate the company’s way out of the 737 crisis, has surpassed all expectations of how quickly (or if at all) Boeing would return to the forefront of major commercial airline suppliers.

Looking ahead, we predict continued growth for Boeing. With COVID-19 vaccine administration picking up pace, commercial air travel is rapidly approaching pre-pandemic levels. We will continue to see other airlines push for new plane purchases as travel demand continues to grow – especially after many airlines had portions of their fleets grounded and un-serviced for months.

 

Convicted Criminal Swipes Over 10B from Major Bank

The r/wallstreetbets GameStop rally earlier this year showed everyone just how much the holdings of a single, well-financed fund can impact the overall market. Last week, Archegos Capital gave us yet another demonstration of the power that the high-rollers hold over all of our portfolios.
Archegos Capital, a family investment vehicle (aka – a private company that handles investment management for ultra-rich individuals & their heirs) owned and operated by Bill Hwang, single-handedly caused a market-wide liquidation event of around $33 billion.

Here’s what happened:

When a single entity (like Archegos) owns a substantial amount of stock in a single company, the SEC requires that entity to adhere to strict reporting and disclosure guidelines. To avoid these requirements, Hwang chose to buy and sell a type of derivative called Total Return Swaps (or, equity swaps).

Total Return Swaps work like this:
An investment bank agrees to buy X amount of Y stock, upon the condition that the entity will pay a fee to the bank (to cover the cost of owning the shares). The bank then owns the underlying asset and pays out the dividends and capital gains earned from owning the shares back to the entity. The fee paid to the bank is lower when the share prices are high and higher when the share price drops.
The banks that Archegos partnered with in these Total Return Swap deals included major players such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, UBS and Nomura.

Now, because of the very low disclosure requirements for entities owning the Swaps, the investment banks that partner in these deals are unaware of the other holdings of the firm.
Hwang, through Archegos, was leveraged over $30 billion in Total Return Swap holdings of eight blue chip companies. The fund only had $10 billion under management.

So, when one of the companies in which Archegos held a huge position, ViacomCBS, rapidly began to tank last week – the partner banks began issuing  Margin Calls. And Archegos was unable to pay.
All of these major investment banks now needed to sell off other Swap positions that they held with Archegos to cover the huge losses the banks were taking on as Viacom fell and Hwang faulted on the payments.

The liquidation event resulted in over $33 billion worth of assets being sold off and an estimated $10 billion in losses for the partnered investment banks. All because one man, who plead guilty to insider trading and wire fraud charges back in 2014, chose to risk more than triple what he could lose.

Microsoft Lands Defense Contract for 20 Billion
In yet another government contract win, Microsoft has signed a $21.9B deal with the United States Department of Defense.
Microsoft has been contracted to provide more than 120,000 of their HoloLens augmented reality headsets to the training and mission preparedness units of the US Army.

The announcement resulted in Microsoft’s share price increasing by 1.7% by the end of the trading day this past Wednesday.

This deal comes less than two years after a $10.5B contract between Microsoft and the Pentagon for a new cloud computing software.

What this means for the future of $MSFT…
While tech sector stocks tend to pull back in times of economic downturn, defense companies are usually considered safe long-term investments, even in times of economic uncertainty. So should a market correction or revenue decline occur that would negatively impact Microsoft’s share price, this recent induction into the ranks of defense contractor may act as a solid mitigator of any substantial loss of value.

Discord Recap 
A short week last week with Market’s being closed Friday due to celebrate Easter on Good Friday.

Overall, we did incur some losses but also some wins. 

The S&P500 hit a new all-time high of $4,020.63, indicators are pointing at more upside to come.

Earnings Recap 
Micron Earnings Show a Sector with Tons of Demand
Micron had Q2 revenues of $6.2B, and a net income of $1.1B. The semiconductor industry is booming, demand is climbing, and prices are surging. Data centers, computers, graphics, mobile systems, and the automotive industry are all relying heavily on semiconductors. The current growth of supply for Micron technology is expected to be well below industry demand in 2022. Micron’s Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) semiconductor drives over 70% of their revenue and this industry is growing faster than Micron can keep up. This is a positive sign as demand will remain until one company or the entire industry can increase capacity at a faster rate.  Micron currently allocates its capital in four ways: Share repurchases, Capital Expenditures, Restricted Cash, and liquid cash. We want to see Micron increase its capital expenditure spending to increase its capacity for buyers.
Up-Coming Earnings
April 5th, 2021 – April 9th, 2021
Events & Talks

ARK Innovation – ARKK Holdings

Fund Description and Objective

ARK defines ‘‘disruptive innovation’’ as the introduction of a technologically enabled new product or service that potentially changes the way the world works.

Companies within ARKK include those that rely on or benefit from the development of new products or services, technological improvements and advancements in scientific research relating to the areas of DNA technologies (‘‘Genomic Revolution”), industrial innovation in energy, automation, and manufacturing (‘‘Industrial Innovation’’), the increased use of shared technology, infrastructure and services (‘‘Next Generation Internet’), and technologies that make financial services more efficient (‘‘Fintech Innovation’’).

ARKK is an actively managed ETF that seeks long-term growth of capital by investing under normal circumstances primarily (at least 65% of its assets) in domestic and foreign equity securities of companies that are relevant to the Fund’s investment theme of disruptive innovation.

 

Fund Company Ticker Shares Market Value($) Weight(%)
ARKK TESLA INC TSLA 3757946 $ 2,488,361,523.36 10.63
ARKK TELADOC HEALTH INC TDOC 7523212 $ 1,457,547,092.88 6.23
ARKK SQUARE INC – A SQ 6529246 $ 1,457,327,707.20 6.23
ARKK ROKU INC ROKU 3795070 $ 1,298,824,756.80 5.55
ARKK ZILLOW GROUP INC – C Z 6119415 $ 823,000,123.35 3.52
ARKK BAIDU INC – SPON ADR BIDU 3110407 $ 813,526,950.85 3.48
ARKK SHOPIFY INC – CLASS A SHOP 644894 $ 749,366,828.00 3.2
ARKK ZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS-A ZM 2185394 $ 742,509,465.44 3.17
ARKK SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY SA SPOT 2717881 $ 726,489,591.30 3.1
ARKK CRISPR THERAPEUTICS AG CRSP 5557003 $ 702,905,309.47 3
ARKK INVITAE CORP NVTA 15979850 $ 653,735,663.50 2.79
ARKK EXACT SCIENCES CORP EXAS 4834402 $ 638,189,408.02 2.73
ARKK TWILIO INC – A TWLO 1618462 $ 573,615,302.04 2.45
ARKK UNITY SOFTWARE INC U 5086108 $ 494,318,836.52 2.11
ARKK DOCUSIGN INC DOCU 2204232 $ 458,392,086.72 1.96
ARKK PURE STORAGE INC – CLASS A PSTG 19516614 $ 429,560,674.14 1.84
ARKK INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS INC NTLA 5910563 $ 385,427,813.23 1.65
ARKK KE HOLDINGS INC BEKE 6293124 $ 381,740,901.84 1.63
ARKK TWIST BIOSCIENCE CORP TWST 2888621 $ 378,929,302.78 1.62
ARKK IOVANCE BIOTHERAPEUTICS INC IOVA 11691695 $ 362,676,378.90 1.55
ARKK 10X GENOMICS INC-CLASS A TXG 2044237 $ 356,024,315.92 1.52
ARKK NINTENDO CO LTD-UNSPONS ADR NTDOY 4804540 $ 354,094,598.00 1.51
ARKK TENCENT HOLDINGS LTD-UNS ADR TCEHY 4269709 $ 345,547,549.37 1.48
ARKK PROTO LABS INC PRLB 2846444 $ 340,947,062.32 1.46
ARKK INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE IN ICE 2706087 $ 302,134,613.55 1.29
ARKK PAYPAL HOLDINGS INC PYPL 1192781 $ 290,764,224.37 1.24
ARKK IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC IRDM 7642193 $ 288,798,473.47 1.23
ARKK PAGERDUTY INC PD 6913662 $ 287,954,022.30 1.23
ARKK 2U INC TWOU 7373827 $ 285,440,843.17 1.22
ARKK EDITAS MEDICINE INC EDIT 6092618 $ 280,747,837.44 1.2
ARKK SEA LTD-ADR SE 1193181 $ 258,490,731.84 1.1
ARKK PACCAR INC PCAR 2772515 $ 252,770,192.55 1.08
ARKK PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC-A PLTR 10801821 $ 251,250,356.46 1.07
ARKK NOVARTIS AG-SPONSORED ADR NVS 2783362 $ 240,092,806.12 1.03
ARKK TWITTER INC TWTR 3712812 $ 238,622,427.24 1.02
ARKK LENDINGTREE INC TREE UW 1072084 $ 236,748,309.72 1.01
ARKK VERACYTE INC VCYT 4431875 $ 234,933,693.75 1
ARKK SYNOPSYS INC SNPS 948116 $ 222,930,515.08 0.95
ARKK PACIFIC BIOSCIENCES OF CALIF PACB 6643189 $ 216,966,552.74 0.93
ARKK MATERIALISE NV-ADR MTLS 5279754 $ 202,636,958.52 0.87
ARKK BEAM THERAPEUTICS INC BEAM 2309404 $ 204,082,031.48 0.87
ARKK REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS REGN 431567 $ 202,732,913.92 0.87
ARKK FATE THERAPEUTICS INC FATE 2244692 $ 195,714,695.48 0.84
ARKK TERADYNE INC TER 1686180 $ 190,740,681.60 0.81
ARKK STRATASYS LTD SSYS 5927160 $ 152,742,913.20 0.65
ARKK SERES THERAPEUTICS INC MCRB 7357906 $ 150,542,756.76 0.64
ARKK HUYA INC-ADR HUYA 6297471 $ 140,811,451.56 0.6
ARKK NANOSTRING TECHNOLOGIES INC NSTG 1927033 $ 130,787,729.71 0.56
ARKK DRAFTKINGS INC – CL A DKNG 1766580 $ 123,218,955.00 0.53
ARKK BERKELEY LIGHTS INC BLI 2273703 $ 112,320,928.20 0.48
ARKK CERUS CORP CERS 17450344 $ 106,447,098.40 0.45
ARKK COMPUGEN LTD CGEN 9180979 $ 78,589,180.24 0.34
ARKK MORGAN STANLEY GOVT INSTL 8035 65058639.41 $ 65,058,639.41 0.28
ARKK SYROS PHARMACEUTICALS INC SYRS 4628591 $ 41,194,459.90 0.18
ARKK TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR-SP ADR TSM 56941 $ 6,541,951.49 0.03
ARKK ORGANOVO HOLDINGS INC ONVO 121593 $ 1,190,395.47 0.01

 

Fund Details

As of 12/31/2020
Ticker ARKK
Fund Type Active Equity ETF
CUSIP 00214Q 104
ISIN US00214Q1040
Primary Exchange NYSE Arca
Inception Date 10/31/2014
Net Assets $17.68 Billion
Expense Ratio 0.75%
Indicative Value ARKK.IV
Net Asset Value (NAV) ARKK.NV
Typical # of Holdings 35-55
Weighted Avg Market CAP $122 Billion
Median Market CAP $11 Billion
Portfolio Managers Catherine D. Wood

ARKK Performance

As of 12/31/2020
ARKK 3 Months YTD 1 Year* 3 Years* 5 Years* Since Inception*
NAV 37.44% 152.51% 152.51% 52.36% 45.40% 36.39%
Market Price 37.55% 152.83% 152.83% 52.34% 46.03% 36.42%
*Annualized
Past performance does not guarantee future results. The performance data quoted represents past performance and current returns may be lower or higher. The 
investment return and principal will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares when redeemed may be worth more or less than the original cost. The Fund’s most recent month-end performance can be found in the fund material section. Returns for less than one year are not annualized. Net asset value (“NAV”) returns are based on the dollar value of a single share of the ETF, calculated using the value of the underlying assets of the ETF minus its liabilities, divided by the number of shares outstanding. The NAV is typically calculated at 4:00 pm Eastern time on each business day the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. Market returns are based on the trade price at which shares are bought and sold on the NYSE Arca, Inc. using the last share trade. Market performance does not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Total Return reflects the reinvestment of distributions on ex-date for NAV returns and payment date for Market Price returns. The market price of the ETF’s shares may differ significantly from their NAV during periods of market volatility.

Scion Capital Holdings

Value *1000SharesCall/Put
ALLSTATE CORP
8,245
75,000
ARES CAPITAL CORP
2,111
125,000
CITIGROUP INC
33,272
539,600
Call
CORECIVIC INC
6,550
1,000,000
DESIGNER BRANDS INC
6,885
900,000
DISCOVERY INC
7,523
250,000
GEO GROUP INC NEW
7,488
845,152
HOLLYFRONTIER CORP
6,463
250,000
INGLES MKTS INC
4,753
111,415
KIMBALL INTL INC
5,975
500,000
KRAFT HEINZ CO
20,439
589,700
Call
LUMEN TECHNOLOGIES INC
11,213
1,150,000
MOLSON COORS BEVERAGE CO
6,779
150,000
MSG NETWORK INC
5,085
345,000
NOW INC
10,770
1,500,000
PFIZER INC
31,079
844,300
Call
QURATE RETAIL INC
7,679
700,000
RPT REALTY
8,650
1,000,000
SUNCOKE ENERGY INC
3,376
776,177
UNITI GROUP INC
8,504
725,000
URSTADT BIDDLE PPTYS INC
6,005
425,000
WELLS FARGO CO NEW
7,545
250,000
WESTERN DIGITAL CORP.
8,309
150,000

Bridgewater Holdings

CompanyValue *1000Shares
3M CO
541
3,094
51JOB INC
2,674
38,193
ABBOTT LABS
99,956
912,926
ABBVIE INC
2,710
25,294
ABIOMED INC
8,402
25,917
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC
8,652
93,185
ACUITY BRANDS INC
1,721
14,212
ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
11,154
22,302
ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC
4,192
45,706
AECOM
2,655
53,325
AFFILIATED MANAGERS GROUP IN
848
8,337
AGCO CORP
748
7,259
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC
4,514
38,099
AGNICO EAGLE MINES LTD
436
6,199
AIR PRODS & CHEMS INC
9,073
33,207
ALASKA AIR GROUP INC
763
14,672
ALCOA CORP
1,532
66,454
ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC
1,484
9,500
ALIBABA GROUP HLDG LTD
372,484
1,600,500
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY INC
22,208
41,559
ALLEGHANY CORP DEL
2,382
3,946
ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES INC
501
29,885
ALLISON TRANSMISSION HLDGS I
1,545
35,814
ALPHABET INC
8,465
4,830
ALTERYX INC
1,266
10,393
AMEDISYS INC
5,526
18,838
AMERCO
942
2,075
AMERIPRISE FINL INC
3,754
19,319
AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP
10,746
109,925
AMETEK INC
2,832
23,417
AMGEN INC
1,885
8,200
AMKOR TECHNOLOGY INC
861
57,098
AMPHENOL CORP NEW
4,864
37,198
ANALOG DEVICES INC
5,331
36,089
ANAPLAN INC
1,439
20,033
ANSYS INC
3,841
10,557
AON PLC
8,903
42,140
APPLIED MATLS INC
8,175
94,726
APTARGROUP INC
1,015
7,412
APTIV PLC
2,173
16,676
ARAMARK
9,431
245,100
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND CO
29,375
582,713
ARES CAPITAL CORP
1,011
59,875
ARISTA NETWORKS INC
6,907
23,771
ARROW ELECTRS INC
442
4,541
ASSOCIATED BANC CORP
402
23,598
AUTODESK INC
8,494
27,818
AUTOHOME INC
22,025
221,093
AVALARA INC
705
4,274
B2GOLD CORP
959
171,285
BAIDU INC
108,495
501,736
BAKER HUGHES COMPANY
665
31,886
BALL CORP
3,746
40,207
BANK HAWAII CORP
467
6,090
BANK NEW YORK MELLON CORP
6,257
147,431
BANK OZK
584
18,680
BAOZUN INC
3,785
110,195
BARRICK GOLD CORP
2,323
102,073
BAUSCH HEALTH COS INC
1,634
78,814
BAXTER INTL INC
21,584
268,996
BECTON DICKINSON & CO
36,603
146,285
BEIGENE LTD
5,374
20,799
BERRY GLOBAL GROUP INC
2,369
42,156
BEST BUY INC
963
9,648
BEST INC
600
294,030
BEYOND MEAT INC
8,134
65,071
BILIBILI INC
25,951
302,746
BK OF AMERICA CORP
42,418
1,399,471
BLACKBERRY LTD
266
40,096
BLACKROCK INC
14,371
19,917
BOEING CO
3,633
16,970
BOK FINL CORP
516
7,529
BOOKING HOLDINGS INC
976
438
BOSTON BEER INC
12,686
12,759
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP
25,962
722,172
BOYD GAMING CORP
884
20,606
BRIGHT HORIZONS FAM SOL IN D
11,339
65,546
BROOKFIELD ASSET MGMT INC
677
16,386
BROWN & BROWN INC
1,599
33,737
BROWN FORMAN CORP
38,647
486,560
BRP INC
261
3,949
BWX TECHNOLOGIES INC
669
11,095
C H ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC
3,708
39,502
CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEM INC
4,679
34,299
CAE INC
424
15,320
CAMECO CORP
349
26,107
CANADIAN NAT RES LTD
210
8,730
CANADIAN NATL RY CO
883
8,037
CANOPY GROWTH CORP
811
32,981
CAPITOL FED FINL INC
221
17,719
CARDINAL HEALTH INC
8,013
149,616
CARLISLE COS INC
2,149
13,758
CASEYS GEN STORES INC
7,241
40,537
CATERPILLAR INC
6,375
35,021
CDK GLOBAL INC
1,626
31,363
CENOVUS ENERGY INC
137
22,520
CERIDIAN HCM HLDG INC
3,521
33,046
CERNER CORP
24,304
309,683
CGI INC
1,421
17,926
CHEGG INC
12,525
138,656
CHEMED CORP NEW
4,866
9,136
CHEMOURS CO
503
20,277
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC
42,184
30,420
CHOICE HOTELS INTL INC
775
7,264
CHURCH & DWIGHT INC
22,091
253,255
CISCO SYS INC
6,542
146,184
CITIGROUP INC
22,794
369,670
CITIZENS FINL GROUP INC
2,805
78,451
CITRIX SYS INC
1,968
15,123
CLOROX CO DEL
26,404
130,764
CLOUDFLARE INC
1,567
20,619
COCA COLA CO
248,426
4,530,008
COCA COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS
22,023
441,962
COGNEX CORP
1,724
21,474
COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIO
727
8,875
COHERENT INC
352
2,348
COLFAX CORP
441
11,525
COLGATE PALMOLIVE CO
77,087
901,497
COMERICA INC
1,194
21,376
COMMERCE BANCSHARES INC
872
13,279
COMMERCIAL METALS CO
828
40,329
COMMSCOPE HLDG CO INC
243
18,134
CONAGRA BRANDS INC
18,257
503,501
CONSTELLATION BRANDS INC
44,127
201,446
COOPER COS INC
9,276
25,532
CORNING INC
3,632
100,901
COSTAR GROUP INC
959
1,038
COSTCO WHSL CORP NEW
183,290
486,464
CRANE CO
1,276
16,433
CREE INC
1,113
10,508
CRESCENT PT ENERGY CORP
427
183,339
CRONOS GROUP INC
666
96,010
CROWDSTRIKE HLDGS INC
7,510
35,453
CSX CORP
15,306
168,666
CULLEN FROST BANKERS INC
778
8,919
CUMMINS INC
3,746
16,495
CVS HEALTH CORP
55,854
817,779
D R HORTON INC
261
3,785
DANAHER CORPORATION
92,578
416,757
DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC
16,364
137,372
DARLING INGREDIENTS INC
9,987
173,149
DATADOG INC
3,945
40,072
DECKERS OUTDOOR CORP
3,132
10,923
DEERE & CO
8,469
31,479
DELL TECHNOLOGIES INC
2,467
33,660
DELTA AIR LINES INC DEL
5,348
133,001
DELUXE CORP
353
12,081
DENTSPLY SIRONA INC
5,793
110,638
DEXCOM INC
12,025
32,524
DISCOVERY INC
736
24,444
DISH NETWORK CORPORATION
955
29,523
DOLLAR GEN CORP NEW
54,982
261,446
DOLLAR TREE INC
26,927
249,234
DOMINOS PIZZA INC
9,693
25,278
DOMTAR CORP
563
17,796
DONALDSON INC
713
12,754
DOUYU INTL HLDGS LTD
871
78,778
DOVER CORP
1,827
14,474
DOW INC
2,903
52,305
DYNATRACE INC
1,012
23,398
EAST WEST BANCORP INC
1,318
25,987
EASTMAN CHEM CO
1,227
12,232
EATON CORP PLC
2,873
23,913
EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP
28,577
313,242
ELDORADO GOLD CORP NEW
452
34,115
ELECTRONIC ARTS INC
6,130
42,686
EMERSON ELEC CO
5,552
69,086
ENPHASE ENERGY INC
545
3,108
ENTEGRIS INC
1,097
11,413
EOG RES INC
319
6,405
EQUINOX GOLD CORP
350
33,898
EQUITABLE HLDGS INC
1,805
70,529
EXPEDIA GROUP INC
241
1,822
EXPEDITORS INTL WASH INC
1,979
20,809
EXTENDED STAY AMER INC
395
26,668
F5 NETWORKS INC
1,545
8,782
FACEBOOK INC
6,220
22,770
FACTSET RESH SYS INC
2,889
8,690
FAIR ISAAC CORP
3,424
6,700
FASTENAL CO
7,088
145,157
FEDERATED HERMES INC
521
18,024
FEDEX CORP
7,150
27,541
FIFTH THIRD BANCORP
3,607
130,814
FIREEYE INC
1,332
57,750
FIRST HORIZON CORPORATION
1,089
85,327
FIRST REP BK SAN FRANCISCO C
3,722
25,329
FIRST SOLAR INC
2,229
22,537
FLEX LTD
1,291
71,803
FLOWERS FOODS INC
4,853
214,441
FMC CORP
1,835
15,968
FORTINET INC
2,964
19,957
FORTIVE CORP
6,418
90,630
FOX CORP
851
29,230
FRANCO NEV CORP
302
2,411
FRANKLIN RESOURCES INC
2,274
90,980
FREEPORT-MCMORAN INC
9,330
358,588
FRESHPET INC
6,099
42,953
GALLAGHER ARTHUR J & CO
3,259
26,347
GARMIN LTD
3,043
25,434
GDS HLDGS LTD
29,266
312,542
GENERAC HLDGS INC
726
3,192
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO
10,223
946,581
GENERAL MLS INC
36,948
628,359
GENUINE PARTS CO
521
5,187
GILEAD SCIENCES INC
2,948
50,600
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC
17,251
65,417
GRACO INC
1,189
16,430
GRAHAM HLDGS CO
341
640
GRAINGER W W INC
4,388
10,745
GRAND CANYON ED INC
5,067
54,419
GREIF INC
448
9,552
GSX TECHEDU INC
10,838
209,585
GUARDANT HEALTH INC
7,265
56,367
GUIDEWIRE SOFTWARE INC
2,434
18,910
HARLEY DAVIDSON INC
2,023
55,121
HCA HEALTHCARE INC
27,449
166,906
HELEN OF TROY LTD
6,436
28,968
HENRY SCHEIN INC
4,467
66,811
HERBALIFE NUTRITION LTD
4,426
92,108
HERSHEY CO
31,715
208,199
HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE C
1,733
146,261
HILL ROM HLDGS INC
2,943
30,037
HILTON WORLDWIDE HLDGS INC
6,844
61,510
HOLOGIC INC
11,268
154,721
HORMEL FOODS CORP
25,624
549,754
HUAZHU GROUP LTD
18,167
403,440
HUBBELL INC
2,135
13,619
HUBSPOT INC
3,743
9,442
HUDBAY MINERALS INC
255
36,422
HUNT J B TRANS SVCS INC
368
2,692
HUNTINGTON BANCSHARES INC
1,975
156,340
HUTCHISON CHINA MEDITECH LTD
3,872
120,909
HUYA INC
2,689
134,900
HYATT HOTELS CORP
970
13,066
IAMGOLD CORP
344
93,742
IDEX CORP
1,524
7,652
IDEXX LABS INC
21,363
42,737
ILLINOIS TOOL WKS INC
6,820
33,451
ILLUMINA INC
212
574
INGERSOLL RAND INC
1,215
26,662
INGREDION INC
5,392
68,544
INOVALON HLDGS INC
2,690
148,024
INTERNATIONAL PAPER CO
4,435
89,195
INTUIT
580
1,528
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC
54,369
66,458
INVESCO LTD
1,471
84,402
IPG PHOTONICS CORP
1,744
7,795
IQIYI INC
10,519
601,773
ISHARES GOLD TRUST
280,741
15,484,906
ISHARES INC
333,945
5,382,732
ISHARES INC
5,453
147,111
ISHARES INC
5,653
65,695
ISHARES INC
78,862
1,485,726
ISHARES INC
335
7,798
ISHARES TR
144,160
2,086,557
ISHARES TR
300,717
801,079
ISHARES TR
152,109
1,101,203
ISHARES TR
156,470
2,144,595
ISHARES TR
197,608
3,824,428
ISHARES TR
164,615
3,545,440
ISHARES TR
133,474
1,648,439
JACOBS ENGR GROUP INC
1,738
15,954
JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC
372
2,255
JD.COM INC
150,660
1,713,988
JEFFERIES FINL GROUP INC
1,055
42,896
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
231,312
1,469,769
JOYY INC
9,430
117,909
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO
52,449
412,755
JUNIPER NETWORKS INC
958
42,550
KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN
2,353
11,527
KBR INC
958
30,971
KE HLDGS INC
47,834
777,284
KELLOGG CO
22,565
362,611
KEYCORP
2,462
150,023
KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES INC
3,333
25,231
KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP
47,890
355,190
KINROSS GOLD CORP
1,541
210,192
KLA CORP
4,145
16,008
KRAFT HEINZ CO
43,782
1,263,185
KROGER CO
18,603
585,748
L BRANDS INC
4,801
129,094
LABORATORY CORP AMER HLDGS
10,009
49,173
LAM RESEARCH CORP
7,959
16,853
LAMAR ADVERTISING CO NEW
2,023
24,313
LAMB WESTON HLDGS INC
11,527
146,399
LANCASTER COLONY CORP
5,142
27,984
LAUDER ESTEE COS INC
100,328
376,904
LEAR CORP
529
3,328
LENNAR CORP
291
3,820
LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC
1,088
44,914
LINCOLN ELEC HLDGS INC
701
6,031
LINDE PLC
5,309
20,149
LKQ CORP
405
11,483
LPL FINL HLDGS INC
1,473
14,137
LUFAX HOLDING LTD
8,771
617,670
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES N
3,766
41,083
M & T BK CORP
2,510
19,715
MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCTURE COR
665
17,719
MAGNA INTL INC
491
6,936
MANHATTAN ASSOCS INC
1,189
11,303
MANPOWERGROUP INC
541
5,997
MARKETAXESS HLDGS INC
3,978
6,972
MARRIOTT INTL INC NEW
7,253
54,984
MARTIN MARIETTA MATLS INC
5,551
19,549
MASIMO CORP
8,422
31,380
MASTERCARD INCORPORATED
2,532
7,094
MATSON INC
583
10,235
MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODS INC
257
2,897
MCCORMICK & CO INC
26,251
274,592
MCDONALDS CORP
165,265
770,177
MCKESSON CORP
11,177
64,265
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
2,139
67,898
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC.
3,626
26,254
MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC
6,857
91,214
MICROSOFT CORP
33,199
149,263
MIDDLEBY CORP
2,623
20,344
MILLER HERMAN INC
655
19,383
MOLSON COORS BEVERAGE CO
8,208
181,626
MOMO INC
4,219
302,195
MONDELEZ INTL INC
86,080
1,472,203
MONOLITHIC PWR SYS INC
1,622
4,430
MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP NEW
53,707
580,747
MORGAN STANLEY
19,843
289,546
MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS INC
3,542
20,830
MSC INDL DIRECT INC
1,158
13,726
NATIONAL BEVERAGE CORP
2,573
30,301
NATIONAL INSTRS CORP
497
11,309
NEPTUNE WELLNESS SOLUTIONS I
263
168,823
NETAPP INC
1,925
29,065
NETEASE INC
44,222
461,752
NEW GOLD INC CDA
290
132,005
NEW ORIENTAL ED & TECHNOLOGY
52,187
280,862
NEW YORK CMNTY BANCORP INC
752
71,293
NEW YORK TIMES CO
2,801
54,114
NEWELL BRANDS INC
2,062
97,131
NEWMONT CORP
12,383
206,770
NEWS CORP NEW
1,305
72,621
NIKE INC
869
6,143
NIO INC
95,560
1,960,609
NOAH HLDGS LTD
3,320
69,436
NORDSON CORP
1,167
5,809
NORDSTROM INC
1,094
35,043
NORFOLK SOUTHN CORP
12,348
51,969
NORTHERN TR CORP
2,715
29,146
NRG ENERGY INC
274
7,309
NUCOR CORP
3,574
67,191
NVIDIA CORPORATION
9,455
18,107
NVR INC
975
239
OCCIDENTAL PETE CORP
1,587
91,682
OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE IN
734
3,763
OLLIES BARGAIN OUTLET HLDGS
5,746
70,274
ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORP
1,419
43,354
OPEN TEXT CORP
713
15,705
ORACLE CORP
3,352
51,817
OSHKOSH CORP
1,877
21,813
OTIS WORLDWIDE CORP
2,533
37,501
PACCAR INC
3,170
36,741
PACKAGING CORP AMER
3,497
25,359
PACWEST BANCORP DEL
463
18,210
PALO ALTO NETWORKS INC
4,732
13,316
PAN AMERN SILVER CORP
274
7,964
PARKER-HANNIFIN CORP
3,997
14,671
PAYCOM SOFTWARE INC
5,580
12,338
PAYLOCITY HLDG CORP
447
2,170
PAYPAL HLDGS INC
5,150
21,990
PENN NATL GAMING INC
2,242
25,953
PENTAIR PLC
2,291
43,158
PENUMBRA INC
3,689
21,078
PEOPLES UNITED FINANCIAL INC
833
64,394
PEPSICO INC
219,141
1,477,688
PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP CO
3,760
78,979
PILGRIMS PRIDE CORP
4,159
212,081
PINDUODUO INC
252,669
1,422,126
PNC FINL SVCS GROUP INC
8,675
58,222
POPULAR INC
729
12,943
PPG INDS INC
2,084
14,450
PRETIUM RES INC
279
24,361
PRICE T ROWE GROUP INC
4,971
32,837
PRIMO WATER CORPORATION
183
11,696
PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP IN
2,232
44,983
PROCTER AND GAMBLE CO
375,045
2,695,450
PTC INC
1,708
14,279
QORVO INC
2,143
12,886
QUALCOMM INC
7,797
51,180
QUANTA SVCS INC
3,419
47,479
QUEST DIAGNOSTICS INC
8,073
67,743
QUIDEL CORP
4,600
25,608
QURATE RETAIL INC
1,373
125,192
RAMBUS INC DEL
524
30,034
RAYMOND JAMES FINL INC
1,953
20,418
REGIONS FINANCIAL CORP NEW
2,843
176,342
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINUM CO
1,765
14,741
RESMED INC
15,789
74,279
RESTAURANT BRANDS INTL INC
9,706
158,825
RINGCENTRAL INC
9,121
24,067
RITCHIE BROS AUCTIONEERS
308
4,435
ROBERT HALF INTL INC
2,391
38,274
ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INC
2,956
11,786
ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS INC
310
6,659
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC
10,426
24,186
ROYALTY PHARMA PLC
677
13,535
RPM INTL INC
945
10,412
S&P GLOBAL INC
5,588
17,000
SCHLUMBERGER LTD
995
45,594
SCHWAB CHARLES CORP
11,626
219,195
SEAGEN INC
254
1,449
SEALED AIR CORP NEW
873
19,066
SEI INVTS CO
1,070
18,610
SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES HLDG PL
1,210
22,952
SERVICENOW INC
13,440
24,417
SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC
270
15,390
SHOPIFY INC
598
530
SIGNATURE BK NEW YORK N Y
1,331
9,836
SINA CORP
1,910
45,058
SKECHERS U S A INC
602
16,749
SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS INC
2,567
16,793
SMUCKER J M CO
13,559
117,291
SNAP INC
21,593
431,247
SNAP ON INC
1,873
10,942
SOLAREDGE TECHNOLOGIES INC
809
2,534
SONOCO PRODS CO
1,443
24,353
SOUTHERN COPPER CORP
11,129
170,905
SOUTHWEST AIRLS CO
8,028
172,248
SPDR GOLD TR
532,419
2,985,081
SPDR S&P 500 ETF TR
1,378,287
3,686,443
SPLUNK INC
7,849
46,198
SSR MNG INC
614
30,591
STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC
2,170
12,151
STANTEC INC
551
17,012
STARBUCKS CORP
127,629
1,193,014
STATE STR CORP
4,294
58,995
STEEL DYNAMICS INC
1,131
30,688
STEELCASE INC
428
31,572
STERIS PLC
9,331
49,231
STRYKER CORPORATION
46,289
188,904
SVB FINANCIAL GROUP
3,614
9,319
SYNOVUS FINL CORP
733
22,640
SYSCO CORP
37,087
499,421
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWAR
350
1,683
TAL EDUCATION GROUP
51,839
724,925
TARGET CORP
95,139
538,938
TE CONNECTIVITY LTD
4,838
39,960
TEGNA INC
846
60,681
TELADOC HEALTH INC
5,662
28,317
TELEFLEX INCORPORATED
13,520
32,849
TELUS CORPORATION
257
13,000
TENCENT MUSIC ENTMT GROUP
20,846
1,083,467
TERADYNE INC
1,977
16,486
TEREX CORP NEW
778
22,307
TEXAS INSTRS INC
5,828
35,511
TEXAS ROADHOUSE INC
5,812
74,365
TEXTRON INC
1,360
28,139
TFI INTL INC
442
8,584
TFS FINL CORP
315
17,841
THE ODP CORP
499
17,033
THOMSON REUTERS CORP.
1,058
12,938
TIMKEN CO
978
12,643
TORO CO
2,215
23,359
TRANE TECHNOLOGIES PLC
2,075
14,295
TRANSALTA CORP
405
53,359
TRANSDIGM GROUP INC
481
777
TRIMBLE INC
2,054
30,766
TRIP COM GROUP LTD
35,423
1,050,185
TRUIST FINL CORP
8,444
176,184
TWITTER INC
1,006
18,587
TYSON FOODS INC
23,877
370,532
UBIQUITI INC
2,352
8,446
UNION PAC CORP
14,903
71,573
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC
20,925
124,255
UNITED RENTALS INC
6,944
29,944
UNIVERSAL DISPLAY CORP
1,331
5,790
UNIVERSAL HLTH SVCS INC
5,135
37,342
US BANCORP DEL
9,614
206,354
US FOODS HLDG CORP
7,093
212,942
V F CORP
1,242
14,546
VALLEY NATL BANCORP
526
53,912
VANGUARD INTL EQUITY INDEX F
659,804
13,167,118
VANGUARD TAX-MANAGED INTL FD
160,625
3,402,353
VARIAN MED SYS INC
517
2,953
VEEVA SYS INC
44,997
165,279
VERMILION ENERGY INC
47
10,602
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC
858
3,630
VIACOMCBS INC
1,331
35,726
VIAVI SOLUTIONS INC
784
52,337
VIPSHOP HOLDINGS LIMITED
28,506
1,014,098
VISHAY INTERTECHNOLOGY INC
822
39,692
VMWARE INC
6,796
48,452
VOYA FINANCIAL INC
1,364
23,187
VULCAN MATLS CO
5,123
34,540
WABTEC
1,402
19,148
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC
31,159
781,312
WALMART INC
443,779
3,078,593
WASHINGTON FED INC
285
11,078
WATSCO INC
996
4,398
WEIBO CORP
8,504
207,473
WELLS FARGO CO NEW
21,569
714,665
WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SVSC INC
12,002
42,363
WESTLAKE CHEM CORP
2,039
24,993
WESTROCK CO
1,110
25,495
WEYERHAEUSER CO MTN BE
8,902
265,502
WHEATON PRECIOUS METALS CORP
512
12,275
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON PLC LTD
1,815
8,616
WORKDAY INC
15,069
62,889
WORTHINGTON INDS INC
648
12,615
WYNDHAM DESTINATIONS INC
355
7,920
WYNN RESORTS LTD
1,081
9,578
XEROX HOLDINGS CORP
463
19,945
XILINX INC
572
4,036
XPENG INC
17,262
403,044
XPO LOGISTICS INC
524
4,397
XYLEM INC
1,848
18,152
YAMANA GOLD INC
650
113,938
YUM BRANDS INC
33,607
309,571
YUM CHINA HLDGS INC
41,702
730,465
ZAI LAB LTD
17,895
132,224
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATI
2,519
6,554
ZENDESK INC
4,397
30,719
ZILLOW GROUP INC
239
1,760
ZIMMER BIOMET HOLDINGS INC
16,562
107,485
ZIONS BANCORPORATION N A
1,095
25,205
ZOETIS INC
258
1,559
ZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS IN
2,440
7,233
ZSCALER INC
5,212
26,098
ZTO EXPRESS CAYMAN INC
26,046
893,221
ZYNGA INC
3,103
314,414

Berkshire Holdings

CompanySymbolHoldingsMkt. priceValueStakeWeight
AbbVie Inc
ABBV
25,533,082
$104.84
$2,676,888,317
1.40%
0.94%
Amazon.com, Inc.
AMZN
533,300
$3,137.50
$1,673,228,750
0.10%
0.59%
American Express Company
AXP
151,610,700
$136.08
$20,631,184,056
18.80%
7.26%
Apple Inc
AAPL
907,559,761
$122.54
$111,212,373,113
5.40%
39.14%
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd
AXTA
23,420,000
$28.76
$673,559,200
10.00%
0.24%
Bank of America Corp
BAC
1,032,852,006
$36.90
$38,112,239,021
12.00%
13.41%
Bank of New York Mellon Corp
BK
74,346,864
$44.37
$3,298,770,356
8.50%
1.16%
Biogen Inc
BIIB
643,022
$267.21
$171,821,909
0.40%
0.06%
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
BMY
33,336,016
$62.62
$2,087,501,322
1.50%
0.73%
BYD Co. Ltd
BYDDF
225,000,000
$23.20
$5,220,000,000
8.20%
1.84%
Charter Communications Inc
CHTR
5,213,461
$645.45
$3,365,028,402
2.70%
1.18%
Chevron Corporation
CVX
48,498,965
$101.97
$4,945,439,461
2.50%
1.74%
Coca-Cola Co
KO
400,000,000
$51.39
$20,556,000,000
9.30%
7.23%
DaVita Inc
DVA
36,095,570
$107.02
$3,862,947,901
33.00%
1.36%
General Motors Company
GM
72,500,000
$56.16
$4,071,600,000
5.00%
1.43%
Globe Life Inc
GL
6,353,727
$96.25
$611,546,224
6.20%
0.22%
Itochu Corporation
ITOCF
81,304,200
$32.80
$2,666,777,760
5.10%
0.94%
Johnson & Johnson
JNJ
327,100
$160.35
$52,450,485
0.00%
0.02%
Kraft Heinz Co
KHC
325,634,818
$38.92
$12,673,707,117
26.60%
4.46%
Kroger Co
KR
33,534,017
$36.64
$1,228,686,383
4.40%
0.43%
Liberty Global PLC Class A
LBTYA
18,010,000
$26.63
$479,606,300
9.90%
0.17%
Liberty Global PLC Class C
LBTYK
7,346,968
$26.33
$193,445,667
1.90%
0.07%
Liberty Latin America Ltd Class A
LILA
2,630,792
$13.78
$36,252,314
5.20%
0.01%
Liberty Latin America Ltd Class C
LILAK
1,284,020
$13.94
$17,899,239
0.70%
0.01%
Liberty Sirius XM Group Series A
LSXMA
14,860,360
$45.13
$670,648,047
15.00%
0.24%
Liberty Sirius XM Group Series C
LSXMK
43,208,291
$45.06
$1,946,965,592
18.90%
0.69%
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
MMC
4,267,825
$116.93
$499,036,777
0.80%
0.18%
Mastercard Inc
MA
4,564,756
$355.27
$1,621,720,864
0.50%
0.57%
Merck & Co., Inc.
MRK
28,697,435
$76.27
$2,188,753,367
1.10%
0.77%
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC Common Stock
MDLZ
578,000
$58.60
$33,870,800
0.00%
0.01%
Moody’s Corporation
MCO
24,669,778
$290.78
$7,173,478,047
13.20%
2.52%
Procter & Gamble Co
PG
315,400
$132.60
$41,822,040
0.00%
0.01%
Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc common stock
RH
1,732,548
$508.50
$881,000,658
8.50%
0.31%
Sirius XM Holdings Inc
SIRI
50,000,000
$6.24
$312,000,000
1.20%
0.11%
Snowflake Inc
SNOW
6,125,376
$220.00
$1,347,582,720
2.10%
0.47%
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
SPY
39,400
$389.50
$15,346,300
0.00%
0.01%
StoneCo Ltd
STNE
14,166,748
$66.32
$939,538,727
4.60%
0.33%
Store Capital Corp
STOR
24,415,168
$32.53
$794,225,415
9.20%
0.28%
Suncor Energy Inc.
SU
13,849,207
$20.37
$282,108,347
0.90%
0.10%
Synchrony Financial
SYF
20,128,000
$38.80
$780,966,400
3.40%
0.27%
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
TEVA
42,789,295
$11.34
$485,230,605
3.90%
0.17%
T-Mobile Us Inc
TMUS
5,242,000
$124.39
$652,052,380
0.40%
0.23%
United Parcel Service, Inc.
UPS
59,400
$159.86
$9,495,684
0.00%
0.00%
U.S. Bancorp
USB
148,766,441
$53.58
$7,970,905,909
9.90%
2.81%
Vanguard 500 Index Fund ETF
VOO
43,000
$359.41
$15,454,630
0.00%
0.01%
Verisign, Inc.
VRSN
12,815,613
$196.26
$2,515,192,207
11.30%
0.89%
Verizon Communications Inc.
VZ
146,716,496
$56.91
$8,349,635,787
3.50%
2.94%
Visa Inc
V
9,987,460
$208.15
$2,078,889,799
0.50%
0.73%
Wells Fargo & Co
WFC
52,423,867
$38.24
$2,004,688,674
1.30%
0.71%
TOTAL
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The Week of The Fed

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THE WEEK OF THE FED

Friday, March (3/19) Closing Price

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. Review of Past Week: News and events 3/15 -3/19
  2. Review of Past Week: Earnings 3/15 – 3/19
  3. Upcoming Week: Talks and events 
  4. Upcoming Week: Earnings from 3/22 – 3/26 
  5. Educational Learning Segment

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Jerome Powell Speaks and the Market goes Parabolic

Markets reacted exceptionally well to Jerome Powell’s press release on Wednesday afternoon, with the S&P500 climbing nearly .64%. Some of the highlights from his recap of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee).

  • Projecting GDP Growth of 6.4%
  • Unemployment down to 4.5% by the end of the year
  • Inflation is currently below 2% projections
  • Federal Funds Rate to remain at 0 – .25% in the near future
  • Continue purchasing Treasury Securities and Mortgage-Backed Securities
  • Household Spending on goods is strong
  • Household Spending on services is weak

Let’s Break This Down

First and foremost, a GDP projection of 6.4% is an extremely healthy sign of a roaring back economy in 2021. In the last 50 years, the United States has reached a GDP growth rate of over 6% three times. This growth rate would mark an extraordinary bounce-back of the economy within the next 6-10 months. This is primarily due to vaccinations and herd immunity. Additionally, Powell highlighted a lower unemployment rate heading into 2022 as another indicator of a stronger economy. He did highlight that this figure may be slightly lower due to some individuals not participating in the labor market. He made sure to reiterate the position that inflation is well below their 2% projections for this year, and moving forward, we can begin to see it rise due to March and April data from 2020 leaving the picture.

When those two months are out of the data, we will see a “transitory” spike in inflation to around 2.4%. These remarks sent the 10-Year Treasury Yield on Thursday to a new 52-Week high of 1.75%, which subsequently took away all of the market gains from the day before. Most notably, in his speech, Powell remained steadfast on Interest Rates remaining at near 0%. He wants to wait “for actual data and not forecasts” to indicate that Inflation is above their 2% target for an extended period before raising rates. Lastly, Powell noted that supply might be bottlenecked for the next year with production not keeping up with such increased demand.


The Fed Declined to Extend Bank Lower Capital Requirements

One Friday, banks, including Chase, Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs all took a dip after the Fed declined to extend a pandemic-era exemption that allowed them lowered capital requirements.

The brieftly stated that they will allow the exempation to expire on March 31st that has been in place since April of last year.

The decision to relax the capital requirements has been widely viewed as key to calming what had been tumultuous Treasury markets in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. A need for cash had caused a massive sell-off in the bond market that the Fed helped to cover through its liquidity programs.

“The Board will take appropriate actions to assure that any changes to the SLR do not erode the overall strength of bank capital requirements,” the Fed said in a statement.

Bank stocks were sharply lower following the announcement, pulling down the broader market, but government bond yields were mixed.


Earnings Recap 3/15 – 2/19

Retail Therapy is Still As Active As Ever

On Friday, Fedex’s trading price increased over 6% after having better than expected earnings. On top of additional spending by consumers, FedEx is one of the leading logistics companies in the effort to deliver Covid-19 Vaccines across the globe. Operating Income increased primarily due to the increase of domestic spending by consumers. With household spending on goods remaining strong in the near future, FedEx will continue to have excellent earnings. FedEx is continually partnering with online retailers to be their logistics provider, and this will continue to increase revenue.

Some takeaways, while FedEx may have astronomical numbers, they are inflated due to Covid-19. Individuals, businesses, and families are all remaining home and using online shopping as a convenient way to get things. We can see FedEx’s earnings slowly normalize in the next few quarters  due to more in-person shopping and normalcy.

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EDUCATIONAL LEARNING SEGMENT
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. WHERE IS JACK MA?
  2. GA SENATE ELECTION
  3. CAPITOL VIOLENCE
  4. BOEING
  5. BITCOIN
  6. BOEING FATAL CRASH
  7. LAST WEEK’S EARNINGS
  8. UPCOMING EARNINGS
  9. MERCHANDISE
  10. DISCORD RECAP
  11. STOCKS ON OUR RADAR
  12. EDUCATIONAL LEARNING SEGMENT
  13. VIDEO OF THE WEEK
MARKET LAST WEEK (1/4 – 1/8)
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MONDAY (1/4)

WHERE IS JACK MA?

Jack Ma, the co-founder of Alibaba and China’s third richest individual, has been absent from the public eye for the past couple months. This has started to gain some scrutiny and bring rise to concerns for many. Jack Ma’s failure to make an appearance at a game show for entrepreneurs in November also added cause for speculation. This led to an Alibaba spokeswoman issuing a statement today stating the absence was due to a scheduling conflict. Ma has been in seclusion ever since giving a speech where he publicly criticized and denounced chinese regulators claiming that they have thrown a wet blanket on innovation in the financial sector. It is unclear whether this speculation will lead to any significant impact on the stock value but Alibaba’s Hong-Kong listed shares fell 2.15% by close.

NYSE to continue listing three Chinese telecom giants

Late Monday night, the New York Stock Exchange issued a statement announcing that they no longer plan to delist China Telecom, China Mobile, and China Unicom.They NYSE originally planned to delist these companies to comply with an executive order signed by President Trump due to his concerns that companies and individuals may by investing in firms that aid the Chinese military. After further communication with authorities in the office of Foreign Assets Control to ensure compliance they have changed stance from their New Year’s Eve announcement. This is the first in a number of developments from this news as other major indices ranging from S&P Dow Jones indices to just the trading platform robinhood have taken steps to comply with President Trump’s executive order. Whether the President will take further steps for his executive order to become enforceable has yet to be determined.

TUESDAY (1/5)

GA SENATE ELECTION

GA Senate election opened in what will be a critical election for the next 2 years of policy making. Ossoff and Warnock show a lead in this important election. Having a democratic senate, house of representatives, and President of the United States will allow for massive policy shifts, and agenda’s actually being able to be completed. Joe Biden’s agenda will practically be reversing the last 4 years of the previous administration’s work and a senate majority will make the transition much smoother. A major fiscal change from the pending runoff election will be the possibility of enacting a new tax policy, climate change act, and even another Covid Relief bill.

WEDNESDAY (1/6)

CAPITOL VIOLENCE

In a stunning day for the U.S. several rioters supporting our current sitting President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol. This violent upheavel forced congress to pause deliberations they were having on the certification of results from the presidential election. The reaction to this nationwide has been swift and deliberate with several politicians calling for President Trump’s removal through impeachment or invoking the 25th amendment. While some rioters stated they hoped to inspire Republican lawmakers to support the President as the true winner of the election, it appears that the riot has had the opposite effect. A large number of Trump administration officials and staunch advocates of the President have switched stance with some resigning from his administration, chief among them being Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.

We are 14 days away from the Biden presidency. The Georgia runoff results at the moment seem to indicate a democratic win. If this holds this would mean the democrats would control both houses of congress and the executive branch. A high concern many had after Biden won the presidency was a divided congress may fork any of Biden’s efforts they may have not been in favor of. A common example of this is in the amount of stimulus spending Republicans in congress have tended to not be in favor of issuing large amounts of stimulus citing concerns of the nations overall debt. Yet, members of the FED and democrats cite the need for heavy spending now so we can return to economic levels pre-covid. Too little spending in the short-run may keep the national debt down but will likely result in slower growth which would likely mean a longer turnaround time until the nation can fully recover. Control of both houses will enable the Biden presidency to issue as much stimulus as they feel is needed. Biden a few hours ago indicated that a win in the senate would allow him to issue $2,000 stimulus checks the very week he takes off. Inexpensive loans to America’s largest companies may help with payroll but may not be the best way to put more money in the economy and keep the dollar circulating as best as possible. Putting money into the hands of the American people will directly help them in the continuation of the purchasing goods and services. This many economists argue is the best way to accelerate growth and keep the economy alive until we extinguish the pandemic.

In addition, control of both houses of congress should easily acerate a democratic attempt to make cannabis legal nationwide. It is important to note when the Obama-admin had control of both houses they did not put forth an effort for legalization nationwide. So there is no guarantee that this specific issue will be the first on Biden’s to-do list.  But given Biden’s given history of pushing the crime bill, a part of history that is very frowned upon today it is likely he will attempt to rectify this by pushing legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. The crime of possession alone in many states have led to the imprisonment and initialization of many non-violent offenders.

THURSDAY (1/7)
BOEING

Boeing charged with 737 Max Fraud conspiracy and agrees to pay over $2.5 Billion to resolve a criminal charge related to a conspiracy to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group in connection with Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane. They were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and under the defense protection act, Boeing will pay a total amount above $2.5 Billion. This payment consists of $1.77 Billion to the 737 Max Airline customers, Boeing established a $500 million dollar beneficiaries fund to help compensate all relatives from the 346passengers who passed in the two Boeing crashes. The remaining monetary punishment was derived from a criminal monetary penalty of $243.6 Million. “The misleading statements, half-truths,  and omissions communicated by Boeing employees to the FAA impeded the government’s ability to ensure the safety of the flying public” – U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. Boeing admitted in court documents that they deceived the FAA AEG about an important part called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that impacts the flight control system.

In other news, Europe’s Covid-19 vaccination program is taking a lot longer than citizens expected as tens of thousands are testing positive everyday. The United Kingdom and Germany are leading the pack in terms of vaccinations and even then they are not vaccinating at a fast enough pace. Citizens are demanding that the process begin to speed up and have more portions of the population to become vaccinated. The United Kingdom was prepared for Oxford University’s vaccine to become the leading vaccine and was put in a bad position when Pfizer had received approval. Overall many European countries are facing several logistic, and administrative issues with the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccine. European citizens have some of the highest levels of vaccine skepticism and this has caused some of the miscues across Western Europe.

FRIDAY (1/8)

BITCOIN- WHAT’S TO COME?

Cryptocurrencies have been experiencing significant increase in value as retail and institutional demand has increased steadily. At the forefront of this has been Bitcoin, which hit another all time high at 10 a.m. of $41,970 per coin. Bitcoin is up over 400% YTD against the dollar and this unprecedented runup has led to a surge in interest from previously skeptical investors. Whether or not this growth is sustainable has yet to be seen, although the industry’s biggest players have issued their own respective valuations. Bitcoin’s market cap is now in the range of $778 billion and some analysts have predicted astronomically high bitcoin prices. Hedge fund Morgan Creek Co-Founder Anthony Pompliano has projected for bitcoin to eventually hit $1 million in value. Despite widespread concerns that bitcoin is experiencing a bubble and has no long-term value, analyst Willy Woo has shared his opinion that 30% is the maximum projected pull back for bitcoin. Regardless of where we head next, the world is certainly eagerly awaiting.

SATURDAY (1/9)
BOEING EXPERIENCES ANOTHER FATAL CRASH

On Saturday, an Air Boeing 737 passenger airplane carrying 62 people crashed leaving Jakarta, on it’s way to Borneo. Indonesian authorities have located both black boxes and announced there is little to no hope of finding survivors in this tragic crash. Authorities have stated that there are no clues as to what cause the crash and the similarities it bears to the last fatal crashes. They key differences in this instance are that this aircraft is not a 737 max, the Boeing model that has been since 2019 until this past december for the two fatal crashes they experienced as well. The 737 from Saturday’s crash was also 26 years old and in good condition according to a Sriwijaya Air chief executive. The timing of this couldn’t be worse as just last week Boeing agreed to pay more than $2.5 Billion in criminal fines with the U.S. Department of Justice related to conspiracy to defraud the Federal Aviation Aviation in regards to the two fatal crashes of their 737 max. The implications of this latest news on Boeing’s share price is just the beginning. If it becomes clear that this crash is related to problems with the 737 max we can expect some seriously adverse consequences possibly culminating in Boeing being ordered to ground more planes or more cancelled contracts for the 737 max at a time when Boeing had just began what looked like a successful recovery from their recent woes.

REVIEW OF LAST WEEK’S EARNINGS
1/04 – 01/08