A new week will be interesting as we await Central Banks Meetings, more earnings reports, and NFP. Let's review the main headlines for this Monday as we prepare for volatile days ahead!
What does Warren Buffett buy?
This week, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. revealed three stock acquisitions that it kept in secret. The holding company bought the stocks of American energy corporation Chevron, insurance brokerage Marsh and McLennan, and Verizon Communications Inc. It also increased investments in AbbVie Inc by 20%, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company by 11%, and Merck &Co, Inc by 28%. The announcement pushed the stocks of these companies up. At the same time, Warren Buffet's company cut its holdings in Apple by 6%. Another big change made by Berkshire Hathaway is a 59% cut in exposure to Wells Fargo &Co.
What does it mean for the stocks?
The stock of Apple reacted negatively to this news. Just in few days, it dropped from the 137.4 level to the support at 127. Despite this fact, it worth mentioning that Apple is still the largest investment of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Thus, the downfall may be short-lived.
As for Wells Fargo stock, the change in Mr. Buffett's portfolio did not affect its performance. The stock surged to 37.6 on Wednesday, driven by the news about Wall Street’s lone bear, J.P. Morgan analyst Vivek Juneja, who said WFC is no longer a sell and changed his stock rating from underweight to neutral.
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Bloomberg says yesterday’s movement was so far the wildest. It was the first time in history for the US500 to crash by 2% and close the day 2.8% above the neutral line. There’re several possible reasons for the move.
Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a higher-than-expected Producer Price Index with 0.2% m/m growth in September, meaning producers are still raising prices for goods and services.
This week may be the most important since the year started as the Fed assess the economic outlook and the US presents fresh NFP readings.
S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.