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The Ghost is Back: China-USA Trade deal In Confusing Stage

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The trade war between the United States and China has been one of the most damaging economic developments for a variety of reasons. However, once the two countries decided to open talks, there was hope that a trade deal was going to be signed. Over the last four months or so, it seemed that a deal could be signed.

United States President Donald Trump has thrown the whole thing into a bit of disarray after stating on May 5th that he was going to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods if the deal was not completed. The talks were on its last legs but it now seems that the next round of meetings in Washington could be in jeopardy.

Trump’s Ultimatum

The US trade delegation was in China this past week and according to the Secretary of the Treasury, the talks between the two sides had been ‘productive’. The Chinese were then going to travel to Washington and finalize the deal after the last round of talks. However, Trump has implied that the Chinese are trying to renegotiate certain provisions of the deal and he went on Twitter to speak about his reservations.

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This move from the US President marks a different turn altogether in the whole negotiations after the two nations called a truce and decided to hash out a new deal. Over the course of 2019, both sides have repeatedly stated that the talks were progressing smoothly.

Talks Of Cancellation

Trump’s ultimatum has however made it pretty tough for the talks to continue and according to some reports, the Chinese vice president, who was going to lead the discussions in Washington, is not going to lead the delegation now. In this regard, it is important to keep in mind that neither the Chinese leadership nor the American delegation has provided any official comment about the possibility of a cancellation.

That being said, it is not looking increasingly likely that the talks stand cancelled as of now. According to the editor of the state owned Chinese newspaper Global Times, which is often regarded as the government’s mouthpiece, the talks are unlikely to continue. One of the Chinese officials had apparently stated that the atmosphere surrounding the talks have now changed significantly.

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Stock Price Thursday Morning Update – May 16, 2019

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Did UPS Drop The Ball? The Biggest Missed Marijuana Industry Opportunity

Marijuana consumption has always been around. But it has always faced public image problems along with its legality. However, as US restrictions on marijuana use become looser, the opportunity for expansion in the industry becomes greater. The combination of convenience and increasing use of marijuana, globally, opens the doors for things like cannabis delivery services. Yet, only a handful of companies are really sinking their teeth into this niche of the marijuana industry and big shippers like UPS & FedEx are dropping the ball. That could mean big opportunities for first movers.

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U.S. Solar Industry Reaches Milestone With 2 Million Installations

The solar installations in the United States have reached a milestone with 2 million solar installations. In fact, the number of solar installations in the United States has officially surpassed 2 million, according to the latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It is a breakthrough in the solar industry, as it took almost 40 years to install 1 million panels whereas it took only three years since then to reach 2 million.

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U.S. Solar Industry Reaches Milestone With 2 Million Installations

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The solar installations in the United States have reached a milestone with 2 million solar installations. In fact, the number of solar installations in the United States has officially surpassed 2 million, according to the latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It is a breakthrough in the solar industry, as it took almost 40 years to install 1 million panels whereas it took only three years since then to reach 2 million. It is estimated that in the next two years the figure would cross 3 million.

However, according to Wood Mackenzie it should have actually taken two years to reach the 2 million installation figure. The prediction is indeed weird as the installation of the same has been underestimated by most of the market analysts. Thus, growth is noteworthy.  There is a vivid explanation of the reason behind the prediction of Wood Mackenzie. The figures that we are talking about stand for the number of individual arrays – arrays on the roofs of homes which though comprise a minority of installed capacity, do make up the large majority of individual projects.

Challenges For Solar Power

For all its momentum, the U.S. solar market has not been without its challenges. Despite the decade of incessant growth feat, the U.S solar market collapsed in the first quarter of 2017. This was as a result of the decline in the residential solar market stemming from the decline of the SolarCity/Tesla. However, the market gained the drive and returned to the level it reached in late 2016.

There are several factors that constrained the growth according to Wood Mackenzie and SEIA. Tesla has acquired SolarCity and had dumped its door-to-door sales. Instead, it initiated sales through stores and online through websites. This resulted in the collapse in solar installation and Tesla’s market share.

Residential installations dropped 15 percent between 2016 and 2017, with Tesla’s share showing the most extreme decline during that period, dropping from 650 megawatts to 352 megawatts.  There also had been a substandard possession by SunEdison which compelled Vivint Solar to pull back its sales efforts resulting in a collapse in installations. Thus, the only company emerging triumphant was Sunrun thereby making it one of the three biggest U.S. residential solar companies not to pull back from the market.

Trying extremely hard to grow with lower prices, Tesla has managed to gain customers online, thereby setting pressure of its counterparts. Success in gaining more customers, that too at lower costs, shall determine the time frame the industry would require to install its next million systems — and at what price. Largely due to the challenges of customer acquisition cost, Wood Mackenzie predicts residential growth at just 3.3 percent in 2019.

Despite This, Solar Is Starting To Shine

According to the forecast by Wood Mackenzie, the United States will reach 3 million solar installations in 2021, and 4 million in 2023.  “The rapid growth in the solar industry has completely reshaped the energy conversation in this country,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of trade group SEIA. “This $17 billion industry is on track to double again in five years, and we believe that the 2020s will be the decade that solar becomes the dominant new form of energy generation.”

Looking at a bigger picture, the decline in the costs for lithium-ion batteries and a switch to time-of-use rates, the residential solar companies have started making provisions storage systems along with solar systems. This makes storage a prerequisite as one penetrates deep in key markets.

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Did UPS Drop The Ball? The Biggest Missed Marijuana Industry Opportunity

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Marijuana consumption has always been around. But it has always faced public image problems along with its legality. However, as US restrictions on marijuana use become looser, the opportunity for expansion in the industry becomes greater. The combination of convenience and increasing use of marijuana, globally, opens the doors for things like cannabis delivery services. Yet, only a handful of companies are really sinking their teeth into this niche of the marijuana industry.

The biggest hurdle for a cannabis delivery service stands on the federal legalization of marijuana. While individual states are legalizing the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, it is still considered illegal federally. This is significant because it makes interstate trade extremely difficult to the point where it isn’t worth the risk.

Limited Options For Cannabis Delivery

You cannot get marijuana shipped using USPS as they are a federal agency, nor can you utilize UPS, FedEx, or other private shipping companies. This is due to the Department of Justice looking into previous drug malfeasance in 2014. Additionally, the employees for private services can technically go through packages and either take your illegally transported marijuana or report you for financial incentives.

Marijuana industry giants like Canopy Growth (CGC) and Aurora (ACB), haven’t really focused on developing a delivery service. This is because as legality spreads across the continent, so does the delivery range of marijuana mailings. It may take resources and time to develop a delivery service, but the reward could be unimaginable. Take a look at the restaurant industry. When online delivery blew up, it experienced a growth of 300% compared to dining in according to QSR Magazine.

There Are Delivery Options Available – A Good Opportunity For Investors?

Given the industry, investors should consider that this is a very early stage in this particular niche of delivery. Being that very few public companies are entering the space, it may be hard to find a diverse pool of options. But for early marijuana stock investors, they already know all too well that first-mover advantage could be key to grabbing onto an early trend.

Driven Deliveries (DRVD) is a delivery service company for legal marijuana products. While limited in the areas it can reach, the company has grown its business out across California and has been spreading into Nevada and other states. Controlling the California market is huge given the state has the largest marijuana market in the US. It helps the company prepare for less dense markets once they are able to handle California’s market size. The growth for potential is massive as more states begin to flip to pro-marijuana delivery.

To this end, Driven Deliveries just went into expansion mode. It has successfully launched operations in Nevada with Shango Marijuana Dispensary, one of the most successful stores in the State.  The new endeavor provides Driven with a monumental opportunity to serve Las Vegas, the largest market in the State with massive tourism, and a central launch point for additional markets throughout Nevada.

The Nevada cannabis market has been growing at a rapid pace.  Nevada retailers sold approximately $530 million worth of medical and recreational cannabis in 2018.  The $44.1 million in monthly revenue represents a 35% increase when compared to monthly revenue in 2017. According to New Frontier and Arcview Market Research, annual legal cannabis sales in the state are projected to grow to an estimated $629.5 million by 2020.

Investors are Starving for this Tech

Investors’ appetite for such delivery service companies seems to be insatiable. Take DoorDash for example. The company competes with GrubHub and Uber Eats but recently tripled its valuation in only about 5 months to $4 billion despite not even being profitable.

Moreover, Uber Eats owns about 20% of the market while GrubHub, including Seamless and Eat24, has 52% market share. And even in the face of that steep competition, DoorDash has raised nearly $1 billion overall to date. This should give you an idea of just how hungry investors are for on-demand service companies.

Even Chinese investor and WeChat owner, Tencent, is looking to get involved in the food-technology sector in a big way by contributing a significant piece of a $500-$700 million raise for India’s Swiggy. The investment would value Swiggy at $2.5-$3 billion. Another app called Rappi is a Colombian on-demand delivery startup that recently brought in a new round of funding at a valuation north of $1 billion. How will you play the cannabis delivery stock evolution?

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