DHUnplugged #334: Mega Merger Mania

Mega mergers announces over the weekend helped to keep some interest in markets. After being down for the past few, markets were able to put in a gain over the last week.dh_merger

Big announcements this week as it is one of the heaviest for this earnings reporting period. Amazon, Google and many others are set to report.

Will the Fed raise this year? What about the price of bonds, gold and other important commodities.


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DHUnplugged #333: Coming Into The Home Stretch

Did Janet Yellen just tell us that the Fed’s tools are ineffective? Bonds sold off, the dollar rallies as the potential for a rate hike by the end of the year is a real possibility.homestretch

Coming into the end of the year, earnings season will play an important role in the direction of markets – we discuss how the season is looking so far and what to expect.

More scandals, more rumors debunked and some interesting observations about the potential for a few stocks.


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DHUnplugged #332: Rumor Mill Overload

The rumor mill is in overdrive. Last week Twitter (TWTR) was said to be up for sale. This week there is some murmurs about the potential for Disney (DIS) to make a bid for Netflix (NFLX) – what is next?rumors

For whatever reasons, the U.S. dollar is rallying, even though the ECB send up a trial balloon about tapering asset purchases.

Hurricane Matthew – on its way to become a major storm that could cause serious damage to the East coast.


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DHUnplugged #331: We’ve Been Smeckledorfed

Twitter (TWTR) rumored to be up for sale, Facebook (FB) video ad controversy and the continuing saga with Wells Fargo (WFC) are in focus. Also, we look at the latest takeaways from the first Presidential debate.dhdupped2

Crude oil surging again after some comments that a production freeze will happen – then sinks, then surges.

Markets surged on news that the Fed will keep rates at the current levels for a while longer – no rate hike just yet. That lasted a couple of days until reality set in that perhaps the economy is not in as great shape as we thought.


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DHUnplugged #330: The 11th Sector

A fun week lies ahead for Central Bank fixated traders and investors.dh_11b

More terrorism on U.S. soil – what to make of this and how does that impact the U.S. elections?

Another tech hardware announcement that has been long awaited – comes and goes. Is this going to be a game-changer?

The S&P’s 11th sector, Closest to the Pin, Old Codgers Portfolio and more…


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DHUnplugged #329: Switch Flipped

Last week we discussed that volatility and volume could increase as traders are back to the trading desks – summer is over and now we may see trading volume pick up as there is plenty of news that may move markets. And right on cue…switch

Bonds have been under pressure as yields are starting to rise – worrying markets about the potential for a massive move back to normal levels.

Apple announced a new phone, new headphones and finally a waterproof watch.

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DHUnplugged #328: Hakuna Matata Markets

Back to the trading desks – summer is over and now we may see trading volume pick up as there is plenty of news that may move markets.dhunplugged97

ISM manufacturing and services reports point to a slowdown while markets remain calm and investors ready to buy any dip.

Markets now seem to be in a Hakuna Matata phase with the idea that central banks keeping the punchbowl full ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days – It’s our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!


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Summer is over – put away the white pants and shoes … Markets liked the employment report. The good news is that it missed expectations of 171k+ and came in at 151k. This provides the stimulus bulls with the thought that the Fed will be on hold for longer. The USD dropped and markets moved higher for the week – snapping 2-weeks of losses. (Markets now seem to be in a Hakuna Matata phase)

The ISM Manufacturing Index came in BELOW 50 – showing contraction in the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy.

ISM Manufacturing Chart

ISM Services Index at 51.4 versus expectations of 54.7 (July was 55.5) – U.S. services sector activity hit a 6-1/2 year-low in August amid sharp drops in production and orders, pointing to slowing economic growth that could further diminish prospects for an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve this month.

Meanwhile – the PMI number in the U.K. had one of its biggest jumps in years as some of the Brexit worries have abated. On the news the British Pound jumped.

Group of 20 leaders pledged to use all available tools to help prop up global growth that’s weaker than it should be while avoiding competitive currency devaluations. Monetary policy alone can’t lead to balanced growth, and member nations are determined to use all monetary, fiscal, structural tools, the G-20 said in its final communique Monday after two-day leaders summit in Hangzhou, China.

WAIT! What happened to the Red Carpet? All G-20 leaders got red carpet on the stairs when arriving to China for the G-20 – except President Obama.

Obama Red Carpet Fiasco

Also for the G20 – Fireworks, compliments of North Korea – North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast Monday, South Korea’s military said, in a show of force timed to the G-20 economic summit in China.

The price of crude surges with comments from the Saudi oil minister that they have something in the works (and agreed upon) with Russia to stabilize oil prices. BUT, in the end there was nothing more that just talk/idea that has no teeth or written plan of action. Oil rose to $46.50 on the headline then back down to $44 after details were released.
– UPDATE: As crude fell, IRAN is now making comments that they are in agreement to stabilize oil prices – crude reverses losses and closes near $45.

Elon Musk suffers another setback with the explosion of the SpaceX rocket last week. During routine pre-flight check of fuel – something went terribly wrong. Now, Israel’s Space Communication Ltd said on Sunday it could seek $50 million or a free flight from Elon Musk’s SpaceX after a Spacecom communications satellite was destroyed last week by an explosion at SpaceX’s Florida launch site. (since the explosion happened pre-flight, insurance may not pay off)

Only one day away from the “big” Apple announcement/meeting. What to expect… Will this be a disappointment for the stock or do they have something amazing to announce?

A little late? Sears Holding Corp. (SHLD) said today that it will bring paint back to stores due to the strong housing market and the rising number of home-improvement projects. The rollout will start in 23 stores before going nationwide…

Question for JCD and listeners : Does anyone have a alternative suggestion for a small, economical city car – like SMART CAR? (or a street legal Golf Cart…)

Hearing more about these “smart pills” like the Bradley Cooper Limitless drug … Nootropics (Prescription  – PROVIGIL/Modafinil in U.S.) Brain enhancers. Mental magic – what gives?
Modafinil is a wakefulness-promoting agent (or eugeroic) used for treatment of disorders such as narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
– PROVIGIL (TEVA distributes brand)  is a prescription medicine used to improve wakefulness in adults who are very sleepy due to one of the following diagnosed sleep disorders: narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or shift work disorder (SWD).

OH! After the close today – announcement that Ackman’s Pershing Square took at 9.5% position in Chipotle (CMG) – Shares up 7.5% after hours


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UPDATE – NEW ETF – Global X Millennials Thematic ETF Challenge!

The top holdings of Global X Millennials Thematic ETF (MILN) include stocks many investors would expect, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon, which take advantage of the tech tendencies of millennials. But some names might be more surprising like real estate investment trusts AvalonBay Communities and Equity Residential, and Home Depot, which could benefit from millennials moving out of the home of their parents.

We are creating the DH Old Codger Index Portfolio to compete against this new ETF to see how “old school” stocks do in comparison. Companies in our index will include: (updated names as of 8/29/16)

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Twitter (TWTR) – stock moving on the view that it is a buyout candidate. Who is likely buyer?

New Sport? Americans are flocking to sports like paddle boarding and mixed martial arts, while participation is falling in traditional endeavors such as golf, bowling and running, according to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. But upstart sports are starting from a small base of participants. Among the fastest-growing categories, paddle boarding had the most participants last year at 3 million. That was followed by adventure racing — think Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash events — which attracted 2.8 million. Running, bowling and golf, meanwhile, totaled 119 million.

Anthony Weiner – Is there any coincidence that new pictures emerge with him sexting with the Movie out?

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banned all of its partners from making campaign contributions to state and local candidates running for office, as well as state or local officials running for federal office.

It’s finally over: ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI) has abruptly shut down its for-profit technical schools, closing more than 130 campuses and leaving as many as 40,000 students stranded in one of the largest college closures in American history. The company blamed the Department of Education for its downfall in a statement released on Tuesday. Last month, the feds demanded the company produce an additional $153 million in collateral—nearly double its $78 million in cash on hand—to cover possible losses that the government might incur if the company were to suddenly fail.

What is this about?  General Electric (GE) is paying a lot to acquire a pair of European leaders in “additive manufacturing machines” (3D printers). In total, it’s offering $1.4 billion for Germany’s SLM Solutions and Sweden’s Arcam, a punchy 10 times their combined revenues. The premium on the previous day’s close is respectively 53 percent and 37 percent.

Do we need this? A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people.

Boston’s largest police union is headed to court to try to halt a program requiring officers to wear body cameras.

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DHUnplugged #327: Contra-Dick-Shuns

It was quite the week. First, there was the Fed’s Vice Chair talking up a rate hike – just after Janet Yellen provided a rather dovish speech.

Then contrary to what Bill Ackman told the world about Carl Ichan looking to sell his large stake in Herbalife (HLF) – only to announce after the close that he bought another 2.5 million shares.clashoftitans

To top it off, Iran said they will pump as much oil as possible, even after the Saudi’s talked up a production freeze. But wait… now we find out that Saudi Arabia pumped the most oil they ever have over the last few weeks. (oil fell on all of this production news.

In this episode we get down to the real stories on all of this and more…


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Markets in wait-and-see mode. Coming up this week – THE EMPLOYMENT REPORT

The Jackson Hole gathering – once again, Yellen has slightly hawkish headline and underneath ultra-dovish
– Vice Chair Fisher upset markets with his speech saying that rate hike this year possible. (that move markets lower for most of the day Friday – finished with slight loss)
– Yellen noted that there could be another $2 trillion available for bond purchases if any economic shock..

On the hints of a rise in rates and with the employment report on the horizon – the USD is rising against major currency basket – just crossed above the 50 day moving average –

USD Chart

Herbalife (HLF): This is fun… Ackman comes out Friday morning with news that Jeffries approached him about selling a large block – they were shopping it. Ackman said it was Ichans shares and that he was selling because Ichan knows the company is “toast”.
– Shares down all day on the news..
– After the close, Ichan announces that he bought 2.5 million shares of HLF to increase his position on Friday. Said that Ackman has no idea what he is talking about – shares pop 4% after hours.
– Ichan game to break Ackman?
– New complaint: After U.S. multi-level marketing company Herbalife settled a probe of its sales practices with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last month, top executives assured investors that the company would be able to thrive under the new rules.

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Mylan Labs (MYLN) in the hot seat after they increased the price of the life saving EpiPen. That caught the interest of Hillary Clinton who put out a public hand-slap and promise to go after the greedy biotech/healthcare industry.
– A day later Mylan came out with a new plan to provide end users a coupon for up to $300 on the generic to make it more affordable.
– Supposedly, Mylan only takes in $275 on each two pack – even though the retail price is over $650…
– Price was $100 for two-pack in 2009 (Explain why price is going up?)

Regarding Vaping: “Our goal for Japan is to switch every consumer we have to this,” said Paul Riley, who joined Philip Morris in Sydney in 1988 and became its Japan unit’s president last September. “For me, it’s like a no-brainer. The biggest thing is we know that smoking kills. If we’ve got an alternative to that, that’s a pretty good reason to switch.”

Google is moving onto Uber Technologies Inc.’s turf with its own ride-sharing service in San Francisco that would help commuters carpool at far cheaper rates, according to a person familiar with the matter, jumping into a booming but fiercely competitive market.
– News that Uber is not profitable in the U.S. – how is that possible?

 

 


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The top holdings of Global X Millennials Thematic ETF (MILN) include stocks many investors would expect, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon, which take advantage of the tech tendencies of millennials. But some names might be more surprising like real estate investment trusts AvalonBay Communities and Equity Residential, and Home Depot, which could benefit from millennials moving out of the home of their parents.

We are creating the DH Old Codger Index Portfolio to compete against this new ETF to see how “old school” stocks do in comparison. Companies in our index will include: (updated names as of 8/29/16)

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The European Union’s competition authorities announced a major tax ruling against Apple’s tax dealings with the Irish government on Tuesday, a decision that will likely increase trans-Atlantic tension over how some of the world’s largest companies pay taxes on their global operations. (Apple to pay $14 billion???)

Apple news – leaked info/photos of the iPhone 7
– Waterproof?
– Wireless Charging?
_Remove Headphone jack
– More colors
– Dual camera (what about old cases?)– September 7th is the big reveal

Not so sweet: Mondelez, Hershey — Merger talks between the two food manufacturers fell apart after the Oreo cookie maker said late Monday it ended discussions of a potential combination with the chocolate company. Mondelez shares were more than 3.5 percent higher in premarket trade, while Hershey shares were nearly 11 percent lower.

Massachusetts – Looking to dump Daylight Savings time because gets dark too early.

Libertarian Gary Johnson’s plan for capturing the White House hinges on voters following through on polls suggesting they dislike the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees more than in any election year in history. “You know how crazy this election cycle is?” Johnson told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “I might be the next president.”

Headline: “Weight Watchers (WTW) shares moving higher in recent trade; move attributed to NY Post report citing Oprah’s weight loss success”

Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) — The teen apparel retailer posted a 14th-straight quarterly decline in sales. Same-store sales at Abercrombie stories open at least a year fell 7 percent in the quarter, versus the expected 6.5 percent decline, according to Consensus Metrix. Shares were more than 13 percent lower in premarket trade.

Chipotle (CMG) – Free food on Sundays?  Desperate move…

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DHUnplugged #326: Mayo’s Slippery Slope

OPEC is at it again – trying to rescue the price of oil by scare tactics and promises of “potential” production freeze. slippery slopeUnfortunately, while the Saudi oil minister says one thing, IRAQ and IRAN say another.

New home sales in the U.S .are on on fire as interest rates are near record lows. Meanwhile the housing market in London appears to be imploding.

Friday brings another round of Fed talk with Janey Yellen headlining at the Jackson Hole economic confab. Is there any reason to believe that she will be the slight bit hawkish?


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Markets back to sideways chop with buyers still absorbing selling. Can be seen by a few technical readings that there is distribution, but buyers are there to keep prices up. Looks like there is some magnet to the 2,200 level on the S&P that someone wants to tag. (Now just a few points away) – What will

Impressive : July New Home Sales 654K vs 580K Briefing.com consensus; M/M change +12.4%

Coming Friday – Janet Yellen will be speaking at the annual Jackson Hole confab. Most are expecting more dovish talk, even with several key Fed members stating that a rate hike this year is very possible. (is Gold and Silver in play ?)

Oil – Over the weekend, IRAQ said that they are looking to ramp up production. Oil had one of the best weeks in a long time after Saudi oil minister said that they a production freeze may be something that could be in the cards. (BS Meter alert)
– On the news, oil slid 3%
– – API data showed a build of 4.46 mln mln barrels of oil for the week ended Aug 19, compared to last week’s draw of 1.0 mln barrels.
– If OPEC continues to cry wolf – they will be on a oil soaked slippery slope that could crash prices

Bitcoin – had a very interesting conversation regarding Bitcoin on TDI Podcast – want to know from audience/listeners:
Is Bitcoin a viable currency – now and in the future (poll on DH Sidebar)

Best Buy (BBY) blows away the earnings and revenue estimates – stock up 15%
– Best Buy beats by $0.14, beats on revs; guides Q3 EPS in-line, revs above consensus; raises FY17 profit guidance  (32.80)
— Is this possibly due to lack of smartphone buying – people have money to spend on something other than iPhone?

Did we discuss? The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into whether a San Francisco-based food technology startup broke the law by not disclosing that it was buying its own vegan mayonnaise from stores, which made the product appear to be more successful than it was, according to people familiar with the matter. The agency is trying to determine whether Josh Tetrick’s Hampton Creek Inc. improperly recognized revenue from purchases made with company money. (Is this any different from share buyback to goose profits?)

President Barack Obama visits Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to tour flood-damaged areas and meet with emergency officials.

Look at who is taking our ideas – St Louis Fed – FredCast [LINK]

FREDcast

“economic forecasting game from the St. Louis Fed. FREDcast players give their best predictions for four important economic indicators: GDP, employment, unemployment, and the consumer price index. Forecasts are then compared with the actual release numbers and scored for accuracy. Players can judge their performance by looking at their rankings within leagues or among all FREDcast users. “

DOJ sent a memo – they want to shut down private prisons (GEO), (CXW) – stocks tumble then recover a bit.


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UPDATE – NEW ETF – Global X Millennials Thematic ETF Challenge!

The top holdings of Global X Millennials Thematic ETF (MILN) include stocks many investors would expect, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon, which take advantage of the tech tendencies of millennials. But some names might be more surprising like real estate investment trusts AvalonBay Communities and Equity Residential, and Home Depot, which could benefit from millennials moving out of the home of their parents.

We are creating the DH Old Codger Index Portfolio to compete against this new ETF to see how “old school” stocks do in comparison. Companies in our index will include:

  • Devita (DVA) – Dialysis/HealthCare, Tootsie Roll (TR) – Candies, Exxon Mobile (XOM) – Oil/Energy, Sears (SHLD) – Misc. Retail
  • More……

We have the performance summary running (daily and since inception of 5/6/16) – DHOCI vs. Millennials ETF Battle


What will happen? On this Thursday, Volkswagen AG must provide an update on its regulatory approval to fix 8.5 million diesel engines in part of a settlement before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. This deadline comes in the wake of the automaker’s emissions scandal.

Olympics roundup – Was it all that was expected? Ryan Lochte shenanigans….

LazyBoy (LZB) did not get a benefit from the Olympics – company missed earnings guidance and stock trading down 15%.

Congrat Mr. Gates – Net worth hits $90 billion

Tesla Motors announces larger battery packs (100kWh up from 90kWh) for extending EV driving ranges.

High risk car loans: Santander Consumer USA (SC) delays the filing of its 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 beyond the August 15, 2016 extended filing date; does not foresee a material interruption related to the delayed filing 

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DHUnplugged #325 – Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower The River

Now that central banks are starting to get the point that more of the same is not working, they are looking to change their targets.raisebridge

Markets slip from all-time highs as China and U.S. economic data softens.

Inflation tame, GDP slow, just another day at the eco-office.

Many of the well-known hedge funds are dumping Apple (AAPL) while Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying.


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Market volumes are anemic, but buyers still pushing in as they are in TINA mode. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE

Twitter (TWTR) – Was this genius? Twitter in talks to have Twitter on Apple TV… With NFL stream does that mean that Apple TV will have NFL streaming?
– Is this end run around NFL? Stock now over $20 /share…
— Twitter Inc. is offering about a quarter of the space at its San Francisco headquarters complex for sublease, adding to a growing amount of excess offices available in the city as the technology industry cools.

About 78,800 square feet (7,320 square meters) is listed for sublease on the seventh floor of 1355 Market St., a renovated 1930s furniture mart, and 104,850 square feet is available along three floors in an adjacent building at One Tenth St., according to marketing materials from Cresa, a commercial real estate firm.

GoPro (GPRO) share on the move since their latest earnings announcement. Up ~ 50% since the lows in July. Sustainable? Chart looks as if there are some open air levels that could continue to squeeze shorts.

Twilio (TWLO) – Recent IPO – UP UP UP –  See chart

Twilio Chart

Don’t raise the bridge – Lower the River….Fed’s Williams says considering raising or replacing 2% inflation target; reiterates need for fiscal policies; says central banks should target nominal GDP not inflation (More dovish than he has been as he discusses removing the 2% inflation target, suggesting the Fed is content with overshooting this target to drive growth)

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in July on falling gasoline costs, but solid gains in industrial output and home building suggested a pickup in economic activity that could allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that announced stock buybacks in earnings season through Monday, August 15 have fallen to the lowest level since the summer of 2012, averaging just 3.3 for $1.8 billion daily.
– “Buyback activity has been disappointing in earnings season,” said David Santschi, chief executive officer of TrimTabs.  “The reluctance to pull the trigger on share repurchases suggests corporate leaders are becoming less enthusiastic about what they see ahead.”

** September – murmurs that there may be some backtracking to markets that is followed with an uptick. Several seasonality indicators showing it could be a tough month..

** At a meeting – heard about the “Year 7 Cycle” – years ending with 7 seem to be tough for markets (2007, 1987, 1977. 1937) – However that is not true – 1987 actually was an up year and so was 2007 – maybe some weaker returns, but this is reason not to get too caught up in just what someone says.

Japan’s Economic Growth Slows as Business Spending Slumps – GDP misses estimates and now there is even more evidence that the Abeonomics plan is not what it was cracked up to be.
– YEN – Falls below $100 in overnight trade Tuesday (99.50) then saw some selling – possible BOJ intervention. Now Yen is up 18% YTD

In a sign that investors are content with passive investing: Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones on Tuesday laid off roughly five dozen employees, or about 15 percent of his workforce, a person familiar with the moves said on Tuesday, in the wake of poor returns and investor redemptions.
— Investors pulled $32.9 billion last month from actively managed U.S. mutual funds that buy domestic stocks in July, the biggest monthly outflow in data going back to 1993, as money continues to move into low-cost passively managed funds, according to Morningstar Inc. About an equal amount, $33.8 billion, went into passive funds that invest in U.S. equities, Chicago-based researcher Alina Lamy of Morningstar said Friday in an interview.

In the latest blow to Obamacare, Aetna is vastly reducing its presence on the individual exchanges in 2017. The insurer will stop offering policies on the exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where it currently operates, according to a press release it issued Monday evening. Aetna will only sell Obamacare products in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.

Volkswagen owners in the United States will receive about $20,000 per car as compensation for the company’s diesel deception. Volkswagen owners in Europe at most get a software update and a short length of plastic tubing.

Home Depot Inc reported a 9.3 percent rise in quarterly profit and boosted its full-year earnings forecast as it kept a tight lid on costs, while benefiting from a strong U.S. housing market.

North Korea has an odd Olympic spirit: on Friday the country foiled Samsung’s plan to provide its Summer Olympics athletes with free Galaxy S7 handsets. North Korean athletes were barred from participating. North Korea’s Olympic Committee forbade them from carrying Galaxy S7 units “as they entered Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony,” according to Radio Free Asia, and a spokesperson for Samsung later told the publication that a North Korean team manager confiscated the devices. Reportedly, government officials were concerned that the phones would provide a means to “access the Samsung exhibition, where the company displayed South Korean electronics.”


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UPDATE – NEW ETF – Global X Millennials Thematic ETF Challenge!

The top holdings of Global X Millennials Thematic ETF (MILN) include stocks many investors would expect, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon, which take advantage of the tech tendencies of millennials. But some names might be more surprising like real estate investment trusts AvalonBay Communities and Equity Residential, and Home Depot, which could benefit from millennials moving out of the home of their parents.

We are creating the DH Old Codger Index Portfolio to compete against this new ETF to see how “old school” stocks do in comparison. Companies in our index will include:

  • Devita (DVA) – Dialysis/HealthCare, Tootsie Roll (TR) – Candies, Exxon Mobile (XOM) – Oil/Energy, Sears (SHLD) – Misc. Retail
  • More……

We have the performance summary running (daily and since inception of 5/6/16) – DHOCI vs. Millennials ETF Battle


Discussed last show – Zika: Four Zika-related biotech companies — BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BCRX), Intrexon Corp. (XON), Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (INO) and Cerus Corp. CERS), — could potentially benefit from the virus’ spread to the continental U.S., , though each company has a different approach to fighting the virus.
– Puerto Rico is now calling for a state of emergency related to Zika outbreak
– What is the outlook on the potential for consumers if Zika problem continues?
– Is this just a summer thing?

Update – Crude oil: Starting to see headline and murmurs about a potential for OPEC to freeze output – AGAIN! This could mean that there is a bigger glut that thought and they are worried – Oil surges! Now above $46 (After hours API data came in and oil dropped hard)

On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission halted its shares, which trade on over-the-counter markets in the U.S., over “potentially manipulative transactions” and concerns about the “identity of the persons in control.” There were red flags over the years. But Neuromama, which has ambitions to license “heavy ion fusion technology patents” among its many projects, began to draw more scrutiny this year after its paper value more than quadrupled to $35 billion on scant volume. Before its suspension, the market cap of Neuromama, which was based in southwest Siberia before moving to a beach community near Tijuana, Mexico, was greater than even Tesla Motors Inc.

Self-service checkout technology may offer convenience and speed, but it also helps turn law-abiding shoppers into petty thieves by giving them “ready-made excuses” to take merchandise without paying, two criminologists say. In a study of retailers in the United States, Britain and other European countries, Professor Adrian Beck and Matt Hopkins of the University of Leicester in England said the use of self-service lanes and smartphone apps to make purchases generated a loss rate of nearly 4 percent, more than double the average.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats to change their phone numbers and not let family members read their text messages after a cybersecurity breach led to the release of personal information of members of Congress and their staff. “I have received scores of mostly obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages,” Pelosi said Saturday in a letter to party members. “Please be careful not to allow your children or family members to answer your phone.”

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