“Hello Volatility” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-16-18

Vista Partners has published “Hello Volatility” Vista Partners Weekly Market Update 6-16-18 and is accessible on our Newsletters Page. Each issue is written by Managing Director, John Heerdink and speaks to the activities of the market, influencers and specific featured stories from Vista’s Coverage Universe that spans the Dow 30, International and Select Emerging Growth Companies & “Investor Picks”, where we have begun to selectively add those companies/ideas that we are receiving from investors around the world.

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The Fed Raises Interest Rates As Expected

No shocker for the markets here as The Fed raised interest rates for the seventh time since the financial crisis. The new target range for interest rates increased by .25% to a new range if 1.75%-2%. This is the highest it has been since September of 2008.

All eight of the voting members of the FOMC voted in favor of this decision. The Federal Reserve has stated that in raising the benchmark interest rate, the economy is growing at a “solid” rate and improvement from the May characterization of an economy that is growing at a “moderate” rate. The Fed also cited that there has been a “strong” gain in jobs in recent months, and its data suggests that household spending has increased and fixed investments of businesses are continuing strong growth.

The change in language from the Federal Reserves May report to June report suggests that the Fed officials see monetary policy nearing its neutral rate setting, that is the rate of interest at which the economy experiences full employment and price stability, or 2% inflation.

In its most recent summary of economic projections, the Fed’s outlook for growth and inflation for this year has been raised, and the expectations for unemployment rate have decreased.

Taking a look at employment rates, the Fed officials lowered the median expectation rate for unemployment for the year from 3.8% to 3.6% in March. The rate has also been lowered from 2019 to 2020 from 3.6% to 3.5%.

The Fed now forecasts an economic growth of 2.8% in 2018, raising previous year predictions by 0.07%. The expected growth rate of the U.S. economy for 2019 is 2.4% and 2% for 2020.

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Fed hikes rates, signals two more for 2018

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Microsoft to Purchase Leading Software Development Platform GitHub

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will acquire the world’s leading software development platform GitHub for $7.5B in Microsoft stock. . The platform is used by over 28 million developers to learn, share and collaborate ideas for future software development. With the purchase of GitHub, the two companies will work to increase the enterprises of the software development platform, as well as bring tools and services to new audiences.

GitHub will operate independently and continue its developer-first mentality. Developers will still be able to take advantage of the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for projects, as well as use their code for any operating system, cloud, and device.

Nat Friedman, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will take over the role of CEO for GitHub. The current CEO of GitHub, Chris Wanstrath will work as a Microsoft technical fellow on strategic software initiatives. The purchase is expected to close at the end of 2018.

Chris Wanstrath, current CEO of GitHub stated, “I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality. Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.

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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Acquisition will empower developers, accelerate GitHub’s growth and advance Microsoft services with new audiences. REDMOND, Wash., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform..

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The Dow Chemical Company’s Expands Sales Effort In Eastern Canada

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that seeks to lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, The Dow Chemical Company officially opened its Eastern Canada Regional Sales Center in Toronto with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Canadian government officials, Dow leadership, and key strategic customers were all present. The expansion in Canada will serve the company as a key commercial hub for Dow Chemical Company in Eastern Canada. Dow plans to continue its growth by adding new commercial position over the next few months.

Besides the new Toronto facility, Dow also has two manufacturing sites in Ontario. The city of Toronto was selected by Dow for its location in a strategic, dynamic market and for being an energetic, future-ready city.

Canadian Ambassador to the United States, David McNaughton stated, “Dow’s growth in Canada demonstrates the strength of our partnership. Combining American and Canadian innovation is an unparalleled opportunity for growth, in our bilateral partnership and for North America’s competitiveness in the global economy.”

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Dow Opens New Sales Center in Toronto to Advance Innovation and Customer Growth in Eastern Canada

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New Asia Pacific Headquarters for Johnson & Johnson in Singapore

Dow 30 component Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a worldwide healthcare focused company that embraces research and science so that it can provide customers with innovative ideas, products, and services.

Johnson & Johnson recently opened a new Asia Pacific Headquarters in Singapore’s Science Park. The new headquarters is characterized by a cutting-edge design lab, a leadership lab, as well as the company’s first international Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.

With the Asia Pacific region being home to half the world’s population and nearly 80% of that region not having access to healthcare, Johnson & Johnson believes it has a responsibility as the world’s largest healthcare company to take on this challenge to bring accessible and affordable healthcare to this region.

The three new facilities located in the Singapore Science Park will allow Johnson & Johnson to find an innovative way to work with the regions government bodies, healthcare agencies, and academic institutions to bring training, classes, and products to the Asia Pacific region.

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Johnson & Johnson Opens a New Asia Pacific Headquarters

Located in Singapore’s Science Park, Johnson & Johnson?s new regional headquarters will feature a cutting-edge Design Lab, Leadership Lab and the company’s first international Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. Learn more…

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Ten Amazing Quotes That Will Inspire You

If you are like me then you are always looking for additional inspiration daily.  So with that in mind, please see this short list of ten quotes that I hope serve to inspire and drive ideas for all in the future.
  1.  “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” ­- Mark Victor Hansen
  2. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ­­-­ Maya Angelou
  3. “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Laoz
  4. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – The Dalai Lama
  5. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” – Cicero.
  6. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  7. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  8. “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” ­- Marie Curie
  10. “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” – Lou Holtz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nestle Buys Rights to Market Starbucks Products Globally for $7.5B

Nestle (NSRGY), a food giant based out of Switzerland, paid $7.5B in cash for the rights to market Starbucks (SBUX) products globally outside of the company’s coffee shops. The deal gives the Nescafe a more capable platform to continue growing in North America. Nestle, who has already bought a stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, plans to focus on coffee for a main area of growth.

Starbucks produces around $2B in annual sales. Nestle will be selling the coffee shops coffee beans and ground coffee in supermarkets and groceries across the globe. The agreement, does not include any of the Starbucks coffee shops and cafes.

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The new deal should begin making positive contributions to Nestle’s earnings per share starting next year.  On Starbucks’ side, the cash could possibly accelerate share buybacks. The transaction, which is still awaiting approval by regulators, is expected to be finalized by the end of 2018.

 

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Nestle pays $7.15 billion to sell Starbucks products

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Monday it will pay $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to market Starbucks products around the world, outside of the company’s coffee shops. The Starbucks business covered by the deal currently generates around $2 billion sales annually and includes coffee beans..

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Disney’s Conservation Fund Awards Grants to Nonprofits

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and its subsidiaries is a diverse worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) will award over $8 million in grants to 80 nonprofit organizations for the 2018 year. These grants come as a part of The Walt Disney Company’s “Reverse the Decline” inititiative. The initiative partners the company’s philanthropic money with professional expertise from Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team with the goal of maximizing the impact of conservation efforts.

DCF supports leading global conservation organizations with funds and resources to inspire action, protect the planet, and save wildlife and habitats. The fund’s grants also go to the support of conservation programs that work to engage communities into overall solutions that serve people, wildlife and habitats. The fund has a comprehensive focus on preserving and increasing populations of 10 at-risk species that include apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers.

A few of the programs receiving grants from the Disney Conservation Fund this year include:

  • California Condor Nest Guarding Program- Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation
  • Conserving Rhinos through Community Engagement- Save the Rhino International
  • Conserving the Cao Vit Gibbon- Fauna & Flora International
  • Rewilding Australia with Tasmanian Devils- Global Wildlife Conservation
  • Seagrass Surveys for Education and Conservation- Marine Resources Development Foundation

In the last 23 years, the Disney Conservation Fund has helped conserve over 400 species globally, support 2,000 conservation projects, help over 600 nonprofits work hand-in-hand with communities, and recognized 150 Disney Conservation Heroes. The funding for the grants is provided by The Walt Disney Company and supplemented by contributions from guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and other Walt Disney World Resorts.

To learn more about The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and to continue to track its progress please visit the Vista Partners Walt Disney Company Coverage Page.

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Stock Futures Down Post Another $100B of White House Tariff Threats For China

Stock futures are down as the press is circulating yet another chapter of the US China Tariff/trade war saga has evolved. Apparently President Trump has instructed US Trade officials to consider another $100B in tariffs towards China who is not playing fair,  illegally obtaining intelectual property, and and harming farmers and manufacturers in the US.

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Trump proposes $100 billion more in new tariffs on China

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had instructed U.S. trade officials to consider $100 billion in additional tariffs on China, fueling an already heated trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies. Trump said in a statement the further tariffs were being considered “..

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China’s List of Tariffs Against US Estimated To Value Approx. $3B

It seems that the China vs. US trade war is getting escalated along with tensions, fears & egos.

China came forth over the weekend with a list of potential tariffs that span across 128 products estimated to be valued at $3B in US goods. The move is reported to be in reaction to the White House action last month to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum and last weeks’ threat to widen the tariffs to an estimated $50B against Chinese goods.

The stock markets across the world including China and the US are in selloff mode as fear of the unknown and the tariffs’ threat increase on both sides.

Hopefully, we will see some compromise in the near term but for now, the gloves seem to be coming off and we appear to be in for a fight!

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China hits back at Trump by targeting U.S. goods worth $3 billion

China hit back at the U.S. on Monday by slapping additional import duties on a list of U.S. products worth $3 billion, raising fears of an escalating trade war…

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