It’s the Friday before a three-day weekend — here’s what you missed. 📰
U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed Monday for Independence Day, as Americans celebrate their freedoms. 🥳
I personally will be celebrating freedom from looking at my portfolio losses for a few days…but let’s not get into that. 😆
Stocks started the quarter on a green note but still ended the week well in the red. 🔻
Here’s today’s heat map.
Every sector was green today. Utilities (+2.09%) were the top gainer, while tech (+0.23%) lagged.
Our main article below recaps some economic updates from around the globe and poses an interesting question about our behavior as economic participants. 👇
There were no earnings today, but $GM did warn that supply chain issues would materially impact its second-quarter earnings. Despite the disruptions overseas, the company is maintaining its 2022 full-year guidance. 🚗
Semiconductor stocks traded lower today, $SOXX (-3.54%) as investors try to decide what Micron’s weak outlook means for the industry. 🤔
And in lol news of the day, Apple’s former securities lawyer pled guilty to insider trading. Come on, guy, you had one job…literally. 🤦♂️
June was Bitcoin’s worst month in 11 years, and the wreckage continues across the entire crypto space. Today’s edition of the Litepaper is a beefy one and will get you up to speed on all of the latest crypto happenings. ₿
Here are the closing prices:
It’s a holiday weekend, so we’ll keep this glum economic update short. 🩳
Essentially, it boils down to what we’ve been talking about in the Rip for a long time.
Inflation remains too high around the globe, with the Eurozone reporting a new record high of 8.6% today. 🔥
Meanwhile, record-high prices and rising interest rates are causing consumer and business sentiment to push multi-year lows (or, by some measures, record lows). 👎
And manufacturing activity is softening as more and more businesses act defensively to prepare for a potential recession. 🏭
So, the question is, is it possible that we all are “manufacturing” a recession by changing our behavior in anticipation of a recession? 🤔
That seems to be a theory many people are throwing around these days.
We’ll have to wait and see, but the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow gauge is now forecasting Q2 GDP at -2.10%. If it does come in anywhere near that forecast, then we’ll have a real recession on our hands (2 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth). 🔻
For now, though, let’s all forget the bad vibes and enjoy our three-day weekend with too much food/drink, fireworks, and whatever else we enjoy on our days off. 🏖️
The existential crisis about the economy (and the rest of the work we skipped this week) will be waiting for us on Tuesday when we return… 📅
Bullets From The Day:
⚽ Amazon lands U.K Champions League soccer rights. In a groundbreaking development, Amazon will begin showing European Champions League soccer in Britain in 2024, joining current rights holder BT, which landed a lower-priced deal to show most matches. The deal is one of many high-profile media buys Amazon has been part of as the streaming/content wars rage on. Read more from Reuters.
₿ CFTC Cites $1.7 billion MLM in the most prominent bitcoin fraud scheme. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is accusing a firm of engaging in an international fraudulent multilevel marketing (MLM) scheme that brought in over $1.7 billion worth of Bitcoin. The lawsuit comes as the CFTF and other regulators step up their monitoring and enforcement in the crypto space. Decrypt has more.
🤝 Atlantic City casinos strike a deal with workers. As striking continues across industries and countries, Atlantic City casino workers have agreed to a new contract with four casinos ahead of the busy July 4th holiday weekend. The union president called the result “the best contract we’ve ever had.” Unions in many service-based industries are using the tight labor market and high demand to leverage better contracts for their workers, and that strategy appears to be working. More from ABC News.
❌ Panera Bread terminates its SPAC deal. Market conditions have taken a bite out of yet another deal, this time as Danny Meyer’s SPAC and Panera Bread call off their investment deal. The parties had until Thursday to complete the merger; otherwise, either party could walk away, which Panera promptly did on Friday. CNBC has more.
👎 Fintech Klarna is eyeing a massive down round. The Swedish buy now, pay later company is reportedly close to closing a new funding round of roughly $650 million that values the company at $6.5 billion. The deal would be a massive ‘down round’ for the company, which was most recently valued at $45.6 billion in June 2021 when it raised $639 million in a round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Too bad the company can’t buy what it needs now and pay later when market conditions are better… More from Tech Crunch.