|Bid||0.00 x 1300|
|Ask||0.00 x 1300|
|Day's Range||41.50 - 41.80|
|52 Week Range||37.85 - 54.00|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.34|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.74%|
According to market research firm IDC, Fitbit (FIT) occupied the third position in the global wearable market. Fitbit reportedly shipped 3.5 million units in the third quarter, a fall of 3.1% compared to shipments of 3.6 million units in the same period last year. Fitbit’s shipments fell YoY in a market that is experiencing robust growth. The global wearable market rose 21.7% YoY to 32 million units in the third quarter of 2018.
The United States (QQQ) wants China (FXI) to lower its trade deficit with the United States, address intellectual property theft cases, and stop its industrial subsidy, especially under the Made in China 2025 program.
According to Trading Economics, the country’s GDP growth averaged an impressive 9.6% between 1989 and 2017. China’s GDP growth rate hasn’t suddenly decelerated—it has gradually tapered down. Given China’s current GDP size, no one expects the country to grow in the double digits like it did a decade ago.
As reported by Bloomberg, Citigroup economists think that the damage to the Chinese economy is already done. In the 2019 economic outlook report, Citigroup economists, led by Liu Li-Gang, gave several reasons for the argument. The economists estimate that the ongoing trade war could cut China’s export growth by almost half in 2019, which would put ~4.4 million jobs at risk.
China’s (FXI) steel production hit another record in October, coming in at 82.6 million tons and marking the third consecutive month of gains for the country. While China (MCHI) produced record steel on a monthly basis, the average daily output in October was lower than in September, according to Reuters’ calculations. China’s production for the first ten months of the year totaled 782.5 million tons, a rise of 6.4% over the same period last year.
ECB Policy Statement Today, Watch Italian Bond Markets The European Central Bank is widely expected today to announce that it will indeed stop the Euro printing presses by the end of the year, which is the end of the month, which is a mere two weeks away, though the “end of QE” in the Eurozone […] The post Market Morning: ECB QE Ending, Trump Plays Good Cop in Huawei Arrest, Hemp Soon Legal? appeared first on Market Exclusive.
China’s (FXI) domestic demand is on a downtrend, as is evident from the latest batch of Chinese trade data, which showed weaker-than-expected exports and imports for November. China’s auto sales data were released on December 11. With just one month left in 2018, it’s highly likely China will report its first yearly decline in automobile sales since 1990.
Has President Trump Lost His Mojo to Lift Markets? President Trump’s tweets have impacted markets’ price action in 2018. Lately, markets (QQQ) have reacted sharply to some of President Trump’s tweets. Stocks fell sharply after President Trump’s “tariff man” tweet.
One of the major factors spooking the markets worldwide has been the concern about China’s economic slowdown. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s survey for November, apart from trade war risk and concerns about quantitative tightening, China’s slowdown was fund managers’ biggest worry. As the trade war escalates, concerns about China’s slowdown are also picking up.
On December 1, US (SPY) President Trump and Chinese (MCHI) (FXI) President Jinping discussed some issues during the G20 summit in Argentina. They discussed China’s trade practices, which have led to massive tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported goods from China. President Trump stated that he temporarily won’t increase the tariff on imported Chinese goods worth $200 billion. Previously, he decided to increase the tariff to 25% from 10% starting on January 1.
Apparently, President Trump isn’t happy with how the markets have reacted to the trade war truce. Concerns about China’s slowdown look more real with almost every new data point. Over the weekend, China released its November trade data.
In the previous articles, we discussed China’s steel and aluminum exports. While China (FXI) accounts for the bulk of global steel and aluminum capacity, it lacks in copper deposits and is the largest copper importer. China imported 423,000 metric tons of unwrought copper last month, a YoY fall of 3.0%.
On December 8, China (FXI) released its trade data for November. The country’s trade data received even more scrutiny this year amid the US-China trade war. The world’s two largest economies have been involved in a bitter trade war and have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods.
India (INDA) ranks among the world’s major oil importers. The country runs a big crude oil import bill, which, coupled with its massive trade deficit with China (FXI), has been a consistent drag on its current account.
In March, President Trump slapped tariffs on US steel and aluminum imports. While China doesn’t export much steel to the US (DIA), it does export a significant amount of aluminum. China (FXI) exported 536,000 metric tons of unwrought aluminum in November compared to 480,000 metric tons in October.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, President Trump is focused on stock markets and is contemplating the reasons behind the increased volatility lately. The S&P 500 (SPY), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), and the NASDAQ Composite (QQQ) fell by 4.4%, 4.4%, and 4.7%, respectively, last week.
The United States and China (FXI) have been involved in a bitter spat this year. While US-China trade relations have received all the attention as the two sides have imposed duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods (TSLA), the tussle has a political as well as diplomatic angle. The most recent flashpoint between the United States and China is over the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada.
China’s trade surplus with the US (SPY) has been hitting one record after another. In November, China’s (MCHI) trade surplus rose to $35.6 billion, which is a new record. While China’s exports to the US rose 9.8% YoY (year-over-year), the imports fell 25% YoY.
Vale’s (VALE) CEO mentioned during Vale Day that the recent weakness in iron ore prices was expected due to the start of the winter season in China. Also, steel capacity cuts in China are lower this year as compared to last year, while steel mills are following the same approach of producing more in advance. This has led to additional weakness in iron ore.
According to Apple’s (AAPL) regional website in China (FXI), the HomePod will launch in the country in the first six months of 2019. The device will be launched in China and Hong Kong and will be priced at 2,799 yuan, or $408, in China and at 2,799 Hong Kong dollars, or $358, in Hong Kong. The HomePod is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Canada, Germany, Mexico, and Spain.
An Apple Insider report stated, “The Trump administration’s threat of more China tariffs could significantly raise the price of iPhones for consumers, with the iPhone XS family potentially costing between $60 and $160 more if Apple passes the extra cost on to its customers.”
Yesterday, Qualcomm (QCOM) announced in a press release that it, China Mobile, and Chinese (FXI) smartphone makers are partnering to develop next-generation 5G smartphones based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. These smartphone makers include Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, OnePlus, and ZTE. In addition to supporting 5G technology, the Snapdragon 855 processor offers some more advanced artificial intelligence features.Our take
On November 20, Jeffrey Gundlach told Reuters that investors haven’t shown an appetite for Treasuries (TLT) even though US stock markets have fallen. He said, “Obviously, it is not a deflationary bear market, otherwise you would have a bond rally.” Gundlach also advised investors to stay out of investment-grade bonds. Gundlach is concerned that the selling pressure in the US stock markets (IVV) (QQQ) wasn’t accompanied by higher volatility (VIX). Investors should note that the drop on December 4 was also accompanied by higher volumes and volatility.