The market is trying to tiptoe to new highs without waking up the bears. We know they are slumbering nearby and buyers, what few there are, have been nibbling so quietly on stocks that the volatility has declined to the low of the year and market ranges are at multi-month lows over the last week. That is quite different than the helter skelter activity of March and April.
Volume was the culprit last week with buyers waiting patiently on the sidelines for the long weekend to pass and hoping for a headline to jolt the markets out of their slumber. Even a speech by Janet Yellen failed to stimulate market interest.
Yellen's speech was basically just comments from recent Fed releases but there were some differences in inflection. While she warned again that the Fed stands ready to hike rates as the economy improves, she mentioned numerous reasons why it may not be soon.
She said the labor market was moving towards full employment but then spent several minutes explaining why labor was still weak. She complained about the number of part time workers, low labor force participation rate, a lack of skilled workers and the number of workers forced to work part time because there were no full time jobs.
She said inflation was moving towards their target of 2% but then complained about transitory issues that were holding it down and it could be "some time" before those factors faded.
She said the economy was recovering but then gave multiple reasons why the recovery was slow. The key point was her expectations for the recovery to be moderate with 2-2.5% growth for the next couple years. That is hardly an economy that can withstand a series of rate hikes. The Fed has almost never hiked rates with the GDP under 4.5% growth. We know this is a special circumstance but several of the FOMC members are very scared about hiking rates too soon and killing this weak recovery.
So the bottom line is that Yellen wants to raise rates but the Fed "must be confident that inflation will rise to our targets and that employment will continue to improve." In the context of her remarks the clear implication is that months must pass with good data before the Fed is going to pull the trigger on a rate hike. That means June is off the table for sure since the Consumer Price Index does not come out again until a week after the next FOMC meeting. There is a slim chance July could be on the table but September is now the analyst consensus for the first and only hike in 2015.
The market should have turned bullish after Yellen's dovish comments but there was nobody around to hear them. The majority of traders left early for the long weekend and for those still at their desks they probably did not want to risk money over holiday weekend.
The economics on Friday actually supported Yellen's rate hike case. The Consumer Price Index rose +0.1% for April with the core CPI rising +0.3%. That was the biggest jump in the core rate since January 2013. While the headline CPI is still flat at -0.1% on a trailing 12 month basis the core CPI is 1.8% and only slightly under the Fed's 2% target. The Fed's preferred inflation indicator is still about .4 tenths lower at 1.4% but moving in the right direction. The core rate excludes food and energy because they tend to be volatile.
The calendar for the holiday shortened week is busy only on Tuesday. The home sales and Richmond Fed will be the highlights for the day. Pending home sales on Thursday rounds out a week of housing reports.
The most critical report for the week is the GDP revision on Friday. Expectations are for a -0.8% contraction, down from a minor gain of +0.25% in the first report. Every economic report just keeps chipping away at the Q1 and Q2 estimates. The Atlanta Fed estimates are for only +0.7% growth in Q2.
If you don't like the GDP numbers just change the way you calculate them. This has been the government story for decades. Whenever a particular economic report is not favorable just change the calculation. That is why we measure unemployment today at 5.3% instead of the real rate at 10.8%. You just take out the economic numbers you don't like and suddenly the picture looks brighter.
The GDP has been low in Q1 for several years now so the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is making a series of adjustments to the way they calculate it. They are going to "seasonally adjust" the Q1 cycle to show what they believe it should be. They are blaming the need for this adjustment on "residual seasonality."
They have found out that government spending tends to be light in Q1 so they will just average it out. They are also going to adjust some inventory components to compensate for the buildup in Q1 after the holiday spending in Q4. They are going to sift through the other calculations to see if they can find any leftover biases that exist in the current methodology.
Now if I could just figure out how to seasonally adjust my brokerage statement to minimize losses and maximize gains I would be in good shape. If it works for the BEA it should work for us, right? I am afraid no matter how much I manipulate the numbers in my statement the bottom line of cash in my account would always be the same. I would bet the BEA is going to have the same problem. They can dummy up a pleasing GDP number from month to month but the actual economic growth will be whatever it is. Pencil pushers in Washington can't manufacture growth. They can only produce the appearance of growth.
There were no new stock splits announced this week. Link to Real Time Split Calendar
The earnings calendar is also light with only four stocks of note reporting next week. Costco, Michael Kors and Palo Alto Networks report on Wednesday and Abercrombie & Fitch on Thursday. This ends the Q1 reporting cycle.
We learned on Friday that it was Microsoft (MSFT) that was in talks to acquire Salesforce.com (CRM). You may remember that CRM spiked in late April and early May on rumors somebody was going to buy them. You can put down your Sherlock Holmes spyglass now because Microsoft was the suitor. Unfortunately Microsoft wanted to pay $55 billion and a 10% premium over CRM's $49 billion market cap but SalesForce wanted $70 billion. The talks started out near parity but as they progressed CEO Marc Benioff kept raising the price. As the CRM stock rallied he became harder to deal with and Microsoft finally broke off the talks.
It was reported that Microsoft would have used some of its $95 billion in cash to buy SalesForce but Benioff's 5.7% stake in CRM would have been rolled over into Microsoft stock. He would also have had a management role at Microsoft. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has only been CEO of Microsoft for 18 months and reportedly he was also shy about making such a large purchase so soon in his tenure.
There are rumors there were other companies sniffing around the SalesForce campus in recent weeks. Amazon (AMZN) keeps cropping up as a potential suitor in order to mate SalesForce with Amazon Web Services and that would make a powerful adversary for everyone else in the space. Amazon knows how to grow a business and they have plenty of capital to throw at it.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is in talks about selling itself to either Altice SA or Charter Communications (CHTR). Time Warner has a market cap of $48 billion and would probably get about $55 billion in any deal. That makes it tough for Altice with a market cap of only $36 billion. However having them in the bidding keeps Charter honest. Altice just agreed to buy Suddenlink Communications for $9.1 billion. Suddenlink is the 7th largest cable operator in the USA. An Altice offer would also put the deal under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and make it harder to complete. Reuters reported that Altice has already talked to banks about raising the money to buy Time Warner.
Reuters said late Thursday that Charter was readying an offer for TWC at more than $170 per share. The stock closed at $171 on Friday.
Ctrip.com (CTRP) rose to a record high at $85 after it purchased a 38% stake in Elong Inc from Expedia. Since both companies compete in the Chinese travel market the combination of the two suggests higher profits ahead. The companies will find ways to work together instead of competing for every sale. The combination should also give them more leverage with the airlines towards getting a better discount per seat. Both companies were struggling with profitability. Elong had not been profitable since 2011 and Ctrip margins fell to an 11 year low. Now the pair will control more than 75% of the market share for high-end hotel booking. It was a marriage everyone can love. Shares rallied +17% on the news.
Autobytel (ABTL) shares rallied +31% after the company said it had acquired Dealix Corporation and Autotegrity, wholly-owned subsidiaries of CDK Global (CDK), for $25 million. The company said the all cash deal will combined prominent leaders in the automotive industry to help dealers and manufacturers sell more cars. Dealiz provides new and used car leads to dealerships and is considered the top lead generator in the industry. They operate UsedCars.com. Autobytel operates Car.com. The acquisition adds about 900 dealers to the Autobytel network and brings their total to 4,954 dealers.
Nothing runs like a Deere (DE). The company reported earnings that declined -30% and predicted a -24% drop in demand from the agricultural industry in 2015. However, rising sales of construction equipment saw the company raise its guidance for net income in 2015 to $1.9 billion, up $100 million from a forecast it made in February. Earnings of $2.03 easily beat the consensus estimate for $1.57. Revenue of $7.4 billion missed estimates of $7.53 billion due in part to the strong dollar.
Foot Locker (FL) reported earnings of $1.29 that beat estimates for $1.22. Revenue of $1.92 billion matched estimates. Sales rose +3.7% after currency problems but would have been up more were it not for the strong dollar. Inventory declined -2.7%. Same store sales rose +7.9%. Shares spiked to $65.80 on the news then declined to close at $63.46 as the market rolled over. There were no issues in the earnings that would have triggered selling.
Intuit (INTU) reported earnings of $2.85 compared to estimates for $2.74. Revenue of $2.2 billion beat estimates for $2.15 billion. Subscribers to TurboTax Online rose +13%. QuickBooks Online subscribers rose +55% to 965,000. It was a good tax season but the outlook is negative. For Q2 the company is expecting a loss of 10-12 cents on revenue of $720-$745 million. Analysts were expecting a 4 cent loss on revenue of $728.4 million. Shares spiked anyway with a 2.5% gain.
Crude prices had a rocky week with the start at $60.18, drop to $57.09 on futures expiration on Tuesday and then rebound to $60.94 on Thursday before finishing down slightly on Friday. Futures rose on another -2.7 million barrel decline in crude inventories on Wednesday but faded on Friday when active rigs declined by only -3 for the week. Traders are worried that producers are going to put rigs back to work too fast and we will never see the decline in production everyone was expecting.
Oil production declined sharply last week with a drop of -112,000 bpd to 9.262 million barrels per day. That is -178,000 bpd off the peak of 9.44 mbpd on March 27th. A drop of -112,000 bpd is huge and I suspect there was a production or pipeline problem somewhere and we will see a rebound next week. The inventory numbers were for the week ended on the 15th so the California pipeline spill was not a factor.
On the bright side U.S. gasoline prices heading into the Memorial Day weekend are the lowest for this time of year since 2009. On May 18th the national average was $2.74 per gallon. That is almost $1 below prices over the 2014 holiday.
Baker Hughes said active oil rigs declined only -1 to 659, gas rigs declined -1 to 222 and miscellaneous rigs dropped -1 to 4. The big change came in offshore rigs with a decline of -5 to 29, down from 60 in early January. That is better than a 50% decline.
At this point the odds are good we are going to see the rig count rise over the next couple of weeks but I don't expect it to shoot up. We are probably going to see it hold near the current levels until oil is over $65, which should happen over the summer.
No volume, no validation, no volatility. Those three Vs pretty well sums up the week. Volume was very low with Friday failing to even reach 5 billion shares. That was not surprising given the holiday weekend. The major indexes flirted with new highs all week but pulled away as the week progressed. There is still no conviction at the highs.
However, the number of individual new 52-week highs is stronger than expected. Some stocks are being bought despite the weakness in the broader indexes.
Merrill Lynch was out with their fund survey last week and found that cash allocations are the highest since June 2009. That means fund managers are just as confused about where the market is going as individual investors. They are prepared for a dip and are likely sitting on the fence trying to decide what to do if that dip does not appear.
The AAII Investor Sentiment Survey grew even more neutral last week with a whopping 49.8% of respondents now neutral. The bullish respondents declined -1.5% to 25.2% and the bearish respondents declined -1.4% to 25.0%. While this would appear to be somewhat negative because everyone is sitting on the fence there was some good news.
AAII Editor Charles Rotbiut did some analysis on times when neutral sentiment was strong for a long period of time. Charles found that when neutral sentiment was high for an extended period the S&P outperformed over the following six and twelve month periods 80% of the time. That is pretty strong correlation. Since neutral sentiment has now been over 45% (the average is 30.5%) for a record six weeks and still rising it would suggest we are setting up for a decent market move higher over the long term. Obviously there are a lot of exceptions to the rule and 20% of the time the market did move lower. However, we don't know what the headlines were that broke the pattern of high neutral readings in the past.
I know I cautioned everyone last week that the markets were showing no conviction but I continued to recommended remaining cautiously long until proven wrong. While a failure to liftoff above the old resistance highs is frustrating we still have not seen any material signs of a selloff.
Here is one theory on why nobody is selling. The U.S. market has $14 trillion invested. More than $8.5 trillion is index funds so those investments don't change. The majority of the rest is hedge funds and institutions. They also have low turnover. That leaves very few shares that actually trade. For instance the average daily dollar volume on the NYSE was about $40 billion in April, the most current numbers available. NYSE Dollar Volume
The dollar volume on the Nasdaq Composite on Thursday was $65 billion and that appears to be about average. Nasdaq Dollar Volume
Adding those together we see that recent daily volume is roughly $105 billion out of a market cap of $14 trillion. The markets are being moved around by roughly 0.7% of the dollars invested in the market. Everyone else is holding their positions and is either watching the market action from a distance or totally unconcerned.
The 99.3% are just along for the ride unless something happens to wake them from their slumber. When that happens the 0.7% of dollar volume that is trading spikes dramatically and the market goes directional at a high rate of speed.
The problem we have today is the lack of a catalyst. Fund managers are probably chewing their fingernails off wondering which way the market is going. We are rapidly heading into June and the end of the first six months of the year. The Dow is up +2.3% and the S&P +3.3%. That is not going to win any awards or any new customers when their midyear statements come out. That also assumes they actually achieved those gains.
If the market begins to move higher next week I would not be surprised to see those fund managers begin to throw their excess cash at the winners in an early version of window dressing. Nobody wants to be left behind if the market takes off and for the same reason nobody is selling.
Reportedly fund managers are storing their excess cash in ETFs just in case a market spike appears unexpectedly.
It all boils down to the lack of a catalyst to move us higher. Earnings are over, the Fed is on hold until September unless something changes and the economy is in a rut. The dollar index rebounded +4% for the week and the first weekly gain since early April. That means more pain for international companies and more headwinds for U.S. manufacturers. All of this is already priced into the market.
In theory there is nothing keeping us from moving higher except that everyone is scared there is a correction ahead. I think the worry over the potential for a rate hike is weighing on investors. Most don't believe there will be a hike in June but they are not willing to bet against it. Thank you Janet for filling the market with uncertainty. The weak economics are interspersed by a random number that is strong like the CPI on Friday or the payroll report for April. There is just enough good news to offset the bad but not enough to power the market higher.
For those that either were not around in June 2004 or have forgotten the last Fed rate hike reaction let me refresh your memory. In June 2004 the Fed funds rate was 1% and we had 4.5% GDP growth. The FOMC voted unanimously to raise it to 1.25% and the S&P lost -7.3% over the next 6 weeks. The prior two months had been choppy after the S&P rebounded +47% from the 2003 lows at 788. Worries over the potential for a rate hike had slowed the market gains and produced two short term declines. We are having those worries now and the S&P has rebounded from 666 to 2129 (+219%) since 2009. We have gone more than 3 years without even a simple 10% correction. This is why investors are worried today and lack conviction to buy stock at the highs.
Here is one possible scenario for the next several weeks. For all practical purposes a June rate hike is off the table. July is possible but September is likely. Janet was as dovish as possible in her Friday speech by spelling out in multiple ways why the Fed targets would probably not be met for "several months." Fund managers wanting to dress up their portfolios for the first half of 2015 could begin to add to stock positions and reducing their cash if the market were to make a new high. This could make June a decent month for the market but it depends on somebody having enough conviction to get us back to the highs. Managers can bulk up for June statements and then bail back into cash in July to avoid the summer doldrums and the normal Sept/Oct declines.
Obviously this is a fiction story or maybe just a fairy tale that has a decent chance of coming true. However, the charts for the internals have worsened over the last week. The A/D lines for the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq began to turn down on Monday. That may not be as important because of the very low volume and the desire to take profits and be out of the market before the long weekend. I can't correlate that with prior years. There was a decline in May 2014 but from May 12th-20th and the week before the holiday was up. Of course there were no Fed fears then either.
The Dow has been especially impacted by the uncertainty. Since March the Dow has traded in the lowest range in years. Last week was the lowest range since November. Since January it has been the lowest half year range in 100 years. This suggests the spring is coiled very tightly but there was no breakout last week. The longer this narrow range lasts the greater the explosive power when the tension is released.
The Dow rallied to a new high on Tuesday to close at 18,312. It was all downhill from there but the moves were minor. Friday's selloff into the close was the biggest move of the week. In theory prior resistance at 18,200 should now be support followed by 18,100 and 18,050.
Sometimes when trying to determine the health of the market it is beneficial to look at each of the individual stocks in the Dow to determine their direction. I was surprised to find that only 7 Dow stocks were in a downtrend. Several more were fading from recent highs but could not be considered a down trend yet. The ones with a negative trend are DD, WMT, VZ, TRV, PG, CVX and XOM. While it is not impossible for the Dow to decline with roughly 20 of its 30 stocks in an uptrend it would require a serious change in sentiment. I was encouraged to see that many making a positive move. There were some losses over the last several days but they were minimal.
The S&P closed at 2130.82 on Thursday for a new closing high. The -5 point decline on Friday was minimal and still above the 2125 support from earlier in the week. If the market is going lower the S&P is definitely not the culprit. I view Friday's decline as just fear of the weekend and not a material event.
If we were to see some selling appear the logical stopping point would be 2100 followed by 2070. If we were to actually see a 10% correction that would knock us all the way back to 1917 and I definitely don't see that over the next five weeks given the underlying support for June that I described above. Once we are past June all bets are off.
The Nasdaq closed within 3 points of its 5092.08 closing high from April 24th. Like the S&P it is struggling to move over its high but it has traded over that level intraday for the last three days. At this point it would appear that any gains on Tuesday will trigger a breakout but there is never a guarantee. With the dead stop at 5100 intraday for the last three days there are clearly some sellers waiting. Whether they have the firepower to blunt a post holiday relief rally is unknown.
Typically investors come back from a long holiday where the market was weak in the days before and they buy the Friday dip assuming there have been no negative headlines over the weekend.
Resistance is 5100, support 5050.
The Russell 2000 ran into trouble early in the week at 1260 and could not make it over. The high on Monday was 1259 and the index traded in the 1250-1260 range all week to close at 1252. Real resistance starts at 1267-1275 and the index never even came close. The recent market gains have been in the big caps because fund managers are scared of summer. They want to be in the highly liquid names in case they need to exit in a hurry. Any further small cap weakness and a decline below 1250 would be a warning sign for the broader market.
The Dow Transports closed at the low for the week and that is also not a good sign for future broad market gains. While there are some specific reasons why the various sectors in the transports are weak the overall view of a declining transport index is negative for the market. They have clearly broken support and it could be a long drop.
The last several weeks I have been in the "cautiously long until proven wrong" camp and I am not changing my view. If anything the markets actually look slightly stronger than they have over the last 2-3 weeks. The S&P broke out and held its gains. The Nasdaq is on the verge of a breakout and the majority of the Dow stocks have charts showing an uptrend.
The Fed is on hold, Europe is improving, China has cut rates three times in six months and Japan is pouring hundreds of billions into equities because treasuries have no yield. Even Greece may be on the verge of a solution with May 29th the new deadline.
The only thing that worries me is that there are no obvious negatives on the short term horizon. Typically when everything starts looking up that is when the market surprises to the downside. Remember, the market needs reasons to rally but it never needs a reason to move lower. When enough investors decide to take profits at the top and a mini correction is born.
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Stock buybacks are losing their luster according to a report from Bank of America. In a report issued last week the bank showed that the impact of buybacks is slowing. In the past a company that bought back stock found it easier to make their earnings estimates because they reduced the number of outstanding shares each quarter. With earnings shrinking in the current economy the corporations have to buy back even more shares to continue that trend. At the same time reducing the share count theoretically makes the remaining shares more valuable and that pushes up the share count.
BofA said these benefits are fading. Stock prices are not going up as they have in the past for companies with big buybacks. The stocks gaining in price are the ones that are putting their capital to work in building the business and those turning to M&A to expand their business.
Goldman Sachs has also pointed out that buybacks are no longer producing higher stock prices. Buybacks Losing Luster
The sharp jump in the Consumer Price Index last week had a lot to do with rising medical costs. Despite the passage and implementation of the Affordable Car Act (ACA or otherwise known as Obamacare) the cost of healthcare is rising. In April medical costs rose +0.9% in the CPI. To make matters worse Obamacare premiums are about to explode higher. For instance New Mexico is asking for a 51% increase in premiums. Tennessee has requested a 36% increase. Maryland wants a +30.4% increase and Oregon 25%. All cite high medical costs incurred by people enrolled under the ACA.
Now that the ACA has been in force for two years the insurers have a full year of claims data and the health needs of the enrolled population. With the aging population requiring more services and the price of drugs skyrocketing the costs to the insurers is soaring.
Over the first two years of the ACA the administration guaranteed profitability to the insurers in order to get them to go along with the program. The government is making large cash payments to insurers to cover their losses for the first 2 years.
New plans next year are expected to see a huge increase in premiums plus even larger deductibles. Source
Analysts wonder what happened to the U.S. consumer and why retail sales are so week this year. The answer is medical care costs that have become a huge drag on the U.S. consumer. It is only going to get worse from here.
According to U.S. Representative Frank Wolf, in a speech he gave on the House floor on March 28th, the Congressional Budget Office predicts the country will be broke by 2025. According to the CBO by 2025 every penny of revenue going into the federal budget will go to pay interest on the debt, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. There will be no money for national defense, homeland security, government workers, etc. The report he was citing came from a 2011 forecast from the CBO.
In 2010 President Obama appointed a bipartisan commission to recommend ways to reduce the national debt. The final report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform said "By 2025 federal revenue will be able to finance only interest payments, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security." Different committee and different priorities but they came up with the same answer as the CBO. They also said, "Every other federal government activity, from national defense and homeland security to transportation and energy, will have to be paid for with borrowed money."
Jason Peuquet, research director at the centrist Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said his organization has run its own numbers and concluded that entitlement and debt interest will outpace revenues in 2026.
Josh Gordon, policy director at the centrist Concord Coalition, a group that urges deficit reduction, pointed to a March 2012 report from the General Accounting Office that shows at some point between 2020 and 2030, the amount of spending on entitlements and interest will outpace all federal revenues going into the budget under the more pessimistic scenario.
The "pessimistic scenario" assumes the Bush tax cuts remain in place, no new taxes are added, no material cuts to Social Security and Medicare and interest rates return to normal levels.
The federal debt is roughly $18 trillion. The "unfunded liabilities" that is money the government is going to owe for things like Social Security, Medicare, retirement accounts and pensions add another $58 trillion in debt. There is no mathematical way the U.S. will ever be able to pay its debt. We can continue selling treasuries to China and Japan to raise cash but eventually they will stop buying once they realize there is no possibility of payment.
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Goldman Sachs said don't get too excited about the new highs on the S&P because the market is going nowhere from here. Goldman's strategist David Kostin said the market may move a little higher to 2,150 in the next couple of months but then drift back down to close the year at 2,100. Kostin says the threat of a fed rate hike plus the weak economy will mean that most market gains over the next 10 years will come from dividends. The S&P is currently trading at a PE of 18.2 that puts it in the 99th percentile historically. There is not much upside from here before investors begin to take profits and move into dividend stocks to wait out the next several years. Dividends are expected to expand 7% to $400 billion in 2015 while buybacks are expected to rise 18% to $600 billion. U.S. companies increased their dividends by 14.8% in Q1 to a record $99.4 billion.
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Scott Krisiloff, CIO a Avondale Asset Management, said counting the Q1 earnings cycle the GAAP earnings for the S&P for the last 12 months was just $99.18. That is down -6.4% from peak earnings for the 12 months that ended in September 2014 and it means that earnings have not actually grown since January 2014. Despite no earnings growth for more than a year the S&P has moved up from a PE of 18.5 to 21.5. The difference between Scott's PE and the Goldman PE above is the accounting for stock buybacks.
Trailing 12 month earnings are expected to remain at the $99 level through Q3 and then jump to $106.54 in Q4. You may remember 6-9 months ago analysts were expecting earnings of $125-$135 in 2015.
Operating earnings are currently $111 and expected to jump to $116 by year end. However, that implies a 31% jump in GAAP earnings and 18% jump in operating earnings in Q4 alone.
With stock appreciation far outpacing earnings growth the market is at risk of a decline.
Stock prices continue to rise despite an outflow of funds from the market. I have written about this several times in recent weeks. Fund outflows are continuing despite the new market highs. Investors withdrew another $1.8 billion in the week ended on Wednesday. There have been outflows in 17 of the last 20 weeks totaling $107 billion. Funds Leaving, Stocks Rising
What is wrong with this picture?
JP Morgan says something has gone wrong with the global consumer. Senior global economist Joseph Lupton said, "It would be difficult to overstate the recent downside surprise in global consumer spending." U.S. retail sales have missed expectations for five consecutive months. Strong global equity markets, strong employment growth and a 50% decline in oil prices should have set the stage for an uptick in retail sales volume. Instead the three-month growth rate has decelerated substantially. JP Morgan's model for retail sales, which incorporates all those factors, has not been this far off the market in over a decade, with the exception of the financial crisis. The next few months will be crucial for determining if the reason is secular stagnation, continued deleveraging, etc. Something Wrong with Consumers
Is that Marijuana in my coffee? A company in Seattle Washington is now selling K-Cups called Catapult that contain 10 mg of THC along with the coffee. The weed-infused K-Cups sell for roughly $6.25 each and are said to combine well with the caffeine in the coffee to give you a "nice energetic high." Another product is a cold soda drink called Legal that is packed with 22 mg of THC. The sugar and THC are said to combine to give drinkers a high. Apparently pot-preneurs have plans to put marijuana into everything including THC pills. Source
After your THC spiked K-Cup you need something to watch your Monty Python reruns on. If you have a few bucks there is a new TV technology called 4K Ultra HDTV with four times the resolution of regular HDTVs. You can now get them 110 inches wide. Of course now you are going to need a bigger room to put it in. 4K Ultra HDTV 110 Inches
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