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Drive Down To Electric Avenue

Daniel Chase




GM’s Tire Screech 

Early last week, General Motors (GM) took over the headlines when the company announced plans to shut down five of its US factories and eliminate the jobs of over 14,000 people over the course of the next two years. GM (GM) claimed that their reasoning for the factory shutdowns and firing spree was due to dwindling consumer interest in cars like the Chevy Cruze, and the move would free up $6 billion for the company to play with. In direct retaliation to the move made by the automaker, the White House said Monday that it will be enacting policies to eliminate corporate subsidies for manufacturing and purchasing electric cars. As it stands, automakers get anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500 subsidy in the form of a tax credit for consumers for their first 200,000 electric vehicles, according to Vox. As of recent, Tesla (TSLA) already hit their cap for these subsidies and GM (GM)  will soon do the same. 

Several auto experts have pointed out that the very notion that automobile manufacturers are hitting their electric vehicle subsidy caps is an indication of significant visceral changes occurring in the automotive industry. Nearly a decade ago, America was fighting its way out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and yet, I distinctly remember consumers flocking in droves to GM (GM)  dealers to purchase heavily discounted Hummers and other large SUVs. Nowadays, you can count on one hand the number of drivers who purchase new Hummers, whereas you see so many hybrids and electric vehicles that you have to check your phone calendar to make sure you aren’t in the future. 

It’s Electric!

According to recent statistics released by InsideEVs, nearly one million electric vehicles have been sold in the US since December 2010 through the end of September 2018. The report projects there will be 18.7 million electric vehicles driving on US roads in the next ten to twelve years. The original plan was for the auto industry to hit one million EVs by 2015, but I believe its fair to say that former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump have different perspectives on the future of our planet’s climate and what it means to be ‘energy efficient.’ This concept is clear when we consider the fact that Trump was so distraught with the loss of 14,000 automotive jobs that he threatened the entire automotive sector by taking away their precious electric vehicle subsidy. 

“As a matter of our policy, we want to end all of those subsidies. And by the way, other subsidies that were imposed during the Obama administration, we are ending, whether it’s for renewables and so forth.”

Larry Kudlow, White House Economic Adviser 

However threatening Trump’s subsidy ploy may be, it is only matter of time before the Democrats take control of the House in January, and I’d wage a reasonable sum of money that  they will most likely contest the President’s threat, as well as potentially push for even more incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles/technology. Where Trump will find success in stifling the creation of electric vehicles all goes back to his recent adoration of imposing tariffs. President Trump’s tariff-spree has spurred an ongoing trade war with China, caused a commotion in the global crude market, and if his proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum take effect, this will undoubtedly disrupt the automotive sector. 

President Trump Unplugged

Is it the opinion of this journalist that President Trump’s disdain with electric vehicles has little to do with General Motors’s layoff or the unpleasant blip from his history where he was run over by a silent, slow-moving Prius. Trump has worked very hard to cement the United States as “the world’s largest crude oil producer”  and according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 140.43 billion gallons gasoline are used in America, alone, each year. If automakers and consumers receive incentives for opting towards electric vehicles, this will undoubtedly have an effect on the revenue streams of global oil producers, ultimately resulting in an unhappy President Trump. 

It’s no longer a question of whether an energy source is profitable, but rather is it renewable, sustainable, will it adversely affect our planet’s climate? Eventually, we will run out of fossil fuels, it’s just a fact. The inconvenient truth is if we continue to make it harder, i.e. more expensive, for automakers to produce energy-efficient vehicles, this will keep the price point of these vehicles at a substantially higher cost than gas-powered cars for consumers. 

The future is electric, but first, we need to wean ourselves off the pump and switch to the plug. 

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Where Will Oil Go After This Week’s Price Hit?

Jon Phillip



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Even though oil had been taking a beating over the last 2 trading sessions, its price rose to $69 per barrel on Friday. However, oil prices are experiencing the worst week of 2019 mainly due to potential economic slowdown and ever-growing oil inventories. US oil inventories have not been this high since July of 2017. And to top it all off, the trade war between the US and China is growing wearier every day further affecting oil prices.

Naeem Aslam, the chief market analyst at TF Global Markets, stated, “Clearly, bargain hunters are back in town.” He later added, “However, it is still set to record the worst week of the year and this is due to the increase in trade war tensions between the U.S. and China.”

Global Scale

The global benchmark for oil, Brent Crude, has experienced a decrease of 5 percent this week. However, Brent Crude this morning climbed $0.98 to value each barrel at $68.74. Due to US sanctions and voluntary supply cuts, a floor under prices held. Market analysts are expecting the oil market to recover off of the price floor.

“It is reasonable to doubt whether Saudi Arabia will be willing to step up its output given the latest decline in prices, […] we therefore expect to see higher oil prices again in the near future,” Explain analysts at Commerzbank.

In order to make the market tighter, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been cutting oil supplies since the beginning of the year. 

Brent Crude’s prices reflect that the supply and demand of oil is tightly knit. According to UBS, Brent Crude should get back to $75 this month as supply gets tighter and tighter.

“Compliance of OPEC and its allies to the production cut deal remains high, while production from Iran and Venezuela is likely to again trend lower this month,” explains analyst Giovanni Staunovo,

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Featured Friday Morning Update – May 24, 2019

Joe Samuel



New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated. Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

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Two Massive Growth Industries, One Choice for Investors

Two of the fastest growing industries right now in the United States are on-demand technology and cannabis. These two industries are at the epicenter of growth and investors aren’t being shy about their appetite for companies in these arenas. But one company, in particular, has developed a unique business model that services both of these massive growth industries.

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The Delivery Market in the Age of Convenience; Can GrubHub & Uber Adapt?

As the internet grows and develops, people and services become more connected. Thus, the food delivery service industry has blown up over recent years. Big players like UberEats (UBER), Postmates, and DoorDash are making big splashes against competitors like GrubHub (GRUB). These companies only represent a fraction of what delivery services can become.

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

Joe Samuel



Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated.

Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

New Potential for the Security Industry & Security Stocks

While developing security protocols and machines to fight threats overseas is important, home-grown threats have become a point of concern for US citizens. Mass shootings have increased, and the Muslim radicalization of American citizens is prevalent as ever. In order to make people safer, Liberty Defense has come to fill that hole.

Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) is developing HEXWAVE to revolutionize how facilities get secured. HEXWAVE can be used to detect any kind of weapon through 3D imaging. The technology utilizes both quickness and indiscretion to produce warnings of potential threats while respecting people’s privacy. 

While the product is still undergoing testing, Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) has been taking steps to put HEXWAVE in front of the public. The company recently announced signing a memorandum of understanding with Utah’s Attorney General to beta test HEXWAVE there. The technology can be tested at sporting events, amusement parks, schools, and government buildings.

Bill Riker, Liberty Defense’s CEO, stated, “HEXWAVE can be applied in a variety of settings to provide a means to identify possible threats before they advance into attacks. We are excited that the Attorney General of Utah recognizes the potential value of this technology and the opportunity it provides for enhanced security in the state.”

What’s Should Be Expected Of Defense Companies?

When people think about the US armed forces they marvel at the gear used from tanks to jet planes. Most people do not take the moment to think where the US actually gets its arms from.

Report: This New Technology Could Transform A Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry!

One company responsible for US defenses is Lockheed Martin (LMT). Lockheed Martin develops and manufactures missile systems, aircraft, and training systems. They even provide cybersecurity services to governmental figures.

While Lockheed Martin controls a large portion of the defense industry, they show no signs of slowing down. Recently, the company made progress on its new production facility in Alabama. It is expected to be a 225,000 square foot facility to fulfill US Air Force needs.

The construction is expected to be finished in 2021. Executive Vice President, Frank St. John, explained, “All our employees come to work with an unwavering commitment to help our customers succeed in their mission to create a more secure and prosperous world.”

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