Estimates for US economic growth in the second quarter continue to project a strong rebound following Q1’s subdued gain. But the upbeat outlook may falter in the second half of the year if the White House’s tough talk on trade policy is implemented and China responds in kind.
Trump threatens another $200 bill in tariffs on Chinese imports: Bloomberg
China vows to retaliate over latest US threat of new tariffs: Reuters
N. Korea’s Kim Jon Un returns to China: NY Times
White House defends controversial child-separation policy at border: Reuters
UK prime minister facing new challenges in Brexit policy: Bloomberg
Senate votes to reimpose US ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE: Politico
US homebuilder sentiment stumbled in June after lumber costs spike: CNBC
38% of Americans satisfied with US direction, a 12-year high: Gallup
Quantitative Investment Portfolio Analytics In R: An Introduction To R For Modeling Portfolio Risk and Return rolled off the presses earlier today for the first time. The book is currently available as a softback title. Stay tuned for details on an upcoming Kindle version. Meantime, after nearly four years of writing in my “spare” time, I’m thrilled (and relieved) to announce that my third book has arrived. You can find the table of contents here. In the days ahead I’ll publish a chapter excerpt on CapitalSpectator.com, including code. Stay tuned.
Meantime, courtesy of the book’s release, your editor is now rolling in free time for evenings and weekends for the foreseeable future. Just in time for the summer!
Selling dominated global markets in last week’s trading. US stocks and bonds posted gains, but the rest of the major asset classes retreated over the five trading days through June 15, based on a set of exchange traded products.
Migration politcy threatens German chancellor’s political future: Bloomberg
Trade war fears are weighing on global commerce: NY Times
Global stocks and oil prices fall on Monday as trade spat heats up: Reuters
Consumer Sentiment Index for US rose to 3-month high in early June: CNBC
US industrial output slipped 0.1% in May: AP
NY Fed Mfg Index in June jumps to highest level in 8 months: MW
Big companies are grabbing a larger share of the workforce: NY Times
Consumer discretionary stocks are now the top-performing sector year to date, based on a set of exchange-traded funds through yesterday’s close (June 14). Although technology shares had been the leading sector in 2018, a strong rally this month in consumer discretionary companies has lifted this slice of the stock market to the top performance slot for the year so far. Tech shares overall, by comparison, have posted mild gains in June.
US approves second round of tariffs on Chinese goods: Reuters
European Central Bank decides to end bond-buying program: Bloomberg
China’s growth is slowing as gov’t pinches access to easy money: NY Times
Retail spending in US jumped 0.8% in May, the most in 6 months: Reuters
US import prices rose a strong 0.6% in May: Reuters
US jobless claims fell 4,000 last week to 218,000: MarketWatch
Business inventories in the US rebounded in April: MarketWatch
Millionaires, billionaires control nearly half of global personal wealth: Bloomberg
SEC official: bitcoin and ether are not securities: Yahoo Finance
GDPNow estimate of US Q2 growth ticks up to strong +4.8%: Atlanta Fed
Later this month I’ll be publishing my third book: Quantitative Investment Portfolio Analytics In R: An Introduction To R For Modeling Portfolio Risk and Return. Although there are already many R books on the market, this one serves a particular niche: a short guide for recovering Excel addicts running relatively sophisticated analytics on investment portfolios and bumping up against the limits of spreadsheets.
The rally in shares of small-capitalization shares relative to large caps has accelerated in recent weeks. A month ago, the Russell 2000 (a widely followed gauge of small companies) was ahead of its large-cap counterpart (Russell 1000) by roughly three percentage points year to date. The small-cap edge has since widened to nearly five percentage points, as of yesterday’s close (June 13).