They Will Indeed Continue Their Rate Hike Campaign

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Nov 5, 2018 8:55:11 AM

We have a lot to get into and we will start this note off with this week’s big news, which was delivered by Apple. Here are the numbers as reported:

 

  • Q4 EPS: 2.91BN, beating Exp. $2.78
  • Revenue: $62.9BN, beating Exp. $61.44 billion
  • iPhone sales: 46.9 million, missing Exp. 48.4 million
  • iPad sales: 9.8 million, missing Exp. 10.5 million, and down from 10.3 million a year ago
  • Mac sales: 5.3 million, beating Exp. 4.9 million, and down from 5.4 million a year ago
  • iPhone ASP: $793, up from $618, smashing Exp. $729
  • Guidance for holiday quarter revenue: $89-$93billion, with the midline below Wall Street estimates of $92.74 billion (Zerohedge)

 

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Fed Raises Rates in Highly Anticipated Move

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Sep 27, 2018 10:12:20 AM

The FOMC decided to raise rates another 25bp to a high mark range of 2.25%. We applaud the continued move; however, we feel that we could be doing more and doing it faster. Holding interest rates or real rates still negative, some 10 years after the 2008 crisis is deeply concerning. All too often people focus on the Fed Funds rate, but the real rate, the FF less inflation, is still negative. Rates are still very accommodative...although the FED left that word out of the statement today. Watching Powell is like watching your Accounting professor discuss reconciling the balance sheet on a late spring afternoon. He and the FED continue to use words like transitory, gradual and appropriate, a decade into a recovery and we are still using these words. The dot plots are all calling for continued hikes peaking around 3.25/3.65%. We view this as highly opportunistic and we do not think the global economy nor the domestic economy will be able to absorb such a short rate given the sheer size of global debt growth. For those that haven’t seen, we often use our own “dot plot” picture:

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