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Amazon reported its first-quarter earnings on Thursday after the bell.Amazon's sales grew faster than expected as more people shopped online amid COVID-19.But it missed on earnings as COVID-19-related costs across the supply chain increased.Amazon shares dropped about 5% in after-hours trading.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.To get more news about WikiFX, you can visit wikifx news official website.
  Amazon reported huge growth in first-quarter revenue but a miss on earnings on Thursday.The mixed results show how the coronavirus outbreak is leading to more shoppers on Amazon, albeit at an increased cost as the company is dealing with a number of costly changes, including supply chain lockdowns and warehouse safety upgrades.Amazon stock is down about 5% in after-hours trading.Here are the most important numbers:
  Q1 EPS (GAAP): $5.01 versus expectations of $6.27 per shareQ1 Revenue: $75.5 billion versus expectations of 73.74 billionAmazon Web Services: $10.22 billions versus expectations of $10.29 billionAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an unusually long statement that the epidemic is causing a lot of uncertainties, adding that the company expects to spend all of the $4 billion it's projected to make in second-quarter profits on COVID-19-related expenses.
  “If you're a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat, because we're not thinking small,” Bezos said in a statement. “Under normal circumstances, in this coming Q2, we'd expect to make some $4 billion or more in operating profit. But these aren't normal circumstances. Instead, we expect to spend the entirety of that $4 billion, and perhaps a bit more, on COVID-related expenses getting products to customers and keeping employees safe.”Amazon clearly saw a massive demand surge as more people bought things online to avoid physical stores during the pandemic. The 26% revenue growth exceeds street estimates of 22%. Paid unit growth jumped 32%, up from last year's 10% growth rate. Even its “Physical Stores” sales, which includes Whole Foods revenue, grew 8% from last year, an unusual spike for a segment that hovered around 1% growth in the past year.Meanwhile, costs increased as Amazon had to put additional safety measures and pay raises across its warehouses. Amazon is hiring 75,000 more warehouse and delivery drivers, after having added 100,000 new employees since March. Shipping costs also jumped 49% to $10.9 billion. Operating income dropped $400 million from last year to $4 billion for the quarter.Amazon's cloud service continues to be a the company's main profit-driver. It reported $3 billion in operating profit, accounting for 77% of Amazon's total operating profit. Meanwhile, AWS crossed the $10 billion quarterly revenue mark for the first time, growing 33% from last year.
  Despite concerns of the pandemic causing less spending on Amazon's advertising service, the segment saw a 44% sales increase to $3.9 billion in the quarter, showing little impact on one of its fastest growing business segments.Amazon's stock hit record highs earlier this month, and was up almost 30% year-to-date, far outpacing the broader market.
xysoom Jun 12 · Tags: wikifx

In order to stop the further spread of novel coronavirus, governments around the world have taken varying degrees of measures to block some countries and cities. This includes closing borders, closing schools and workplaces, and restricting large gatherings.To get more news about WikiFX, you can visit WikiFX news official website.
  The unemployment rate is rising.
  These restrictions, called the “Great blockade” (Great Lockdown) by the International Monetary Fund(IMF), caused many global economic activities to sink into stagnation and people to lose their jobs. It can be seen that this is a real challenge for the whole world. The worlds largest economy, America, has lost more than 2,600 million jobs in the past five weeks. The United States is not alone in facing rising unemployment. Unemployment has also risen in Australia and South Korea, with some economists warning that the situation could get worse.
  Services are the main source of economic growth and employment in many countries, including the United States and China, the world's two largest economies and consumer markets. Even though the retailers such as Amzaon reported growing online sales, the whole online retailing sector has seen a decline.
  As novel coronavirus spreads around the world, manufacturers are under pressure again. As more and more countries implement blockade measures, manufacturing enterprises are affected as well. Some factories have been forced to close temporarily, while those that remain open face restrictions on access to the supply of intermediate goods and materials. Most importantly, the decline in demand for goods has exacerbated the challenges facing manufacturers. As a result, factories in countries from US to Europe and Asia have reported a decline in output over the past month.
Global trade had slowed in 2019 and is expected to be further dragged down in 2020 by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  The World Trade Organization (WTO) said that in an optimistic scenario, the volume of global trade in goods will fall by 12.9% in 2020 and rebound rapidly by 21.3% in 2021, while in a pessimistic situation, the volume of global trade in goods will decline by 31.9% in 2020 and rebound by 24% in 2021. The WTO said that unlike during the financial crisis, the epidemic has a greater impact on the value chain and trade in services. In the electronics and automotive industries, where the value chain is more complex, trade is likely to fall sharply.
  The impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on economic activities has led many institutions to slash their forecasts for the global economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has received widespread attention for its assessment of the global economy, which estimated a 3 percent global economic shrinkage this year. Only a few economies, such as China and India, are expected to grow in 2020, IMF said. Although the IMF expects economic growth to rebound 5.8 per cent next year, it said that “the recovery is only partial because the level of economic activities is expected to remain lower than what we forecast for 2021 before novel coronavirus' attack”.

xysoom May 29 · Tags: wikifx
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sold the “big four” airline stocks in April, the famed investor revealed at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting on Saturday.“It turned out I was wrong,” Buffett said about his decision to invest in them.Berkshire's first-quarter earnings revealed that it sold $6.1 billion in stock in April, and Buffett attributed that figure to its exit from the airlines.Buffett said that carriers could be left with “too many planes” if people fly less than they did before, and they would have to repay some of their recent government loans.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.To get more news about WikiFX, you can visit WikiFX news official website.
  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sold the “big four” airline stocks in April, the famed investor revealed at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting on Saturday.“It turned out I was wrong,” Buffett said about his decision to invest in the airlines. The companies are well managed and the CEOs “did a lot of things right,” he continued, but “the airline business ... changed in a very major way.”Berkshire's first-quarter earnings revealed that it sold $6.1 billion in stock in April, without detailing what it sold. Buffett attributed that figure to Berkshire's exit from the airlines.Read more: 'Brace for selling': A Wall Street quant strategist warns that stock-market buying power could evaporate just one week from now — opening the floodgates for a 'sell in May' episode
  Buffett explained the move by highlighting the airlines' bailout deals with the US government. Their agreements include billions of dollars in loans that they will have to repay, as well as warrants that the Treasury can exercise to acquire their shares at a discount in the future. The warrant part of the deal was inspired by Buffett's bailouts of Goldman Sachs and other companies during the financial crisis.The investor also questioned whether people will fly as much in the next two or three years as they did last year. Even if passenger volumes bounce back to 70% or 80% of their pre-coronavirus levels, he said, the carriers will be left with “too many planes.”“The future is much less clear to me,” Buffett said about the airline business.Read more: Quant megafund AQR explains why investors should be more worried about prolonged slumps than virus-style crashes — and details a 3-part process for protecting against them
xysoom May 29 · Tags: wikifx
A Societe Generale study of bear markets since 1870 showed that the current bear-market rally is a departure from history. Andrew Lapthorne, the firm's head of quant strategy, concluded that investors are taking an early victory lap for the economy even after accounting for trillions in stimulus spending. He expects the stock market to end the year roughly 7% lower than current levels. Click here for more BI Prime stories.To get more news about WikiFX, you can visit WikiFX news official website.
  April was the best month for stocks since 1987. But this stand-out performance is not being universally cheered on Wall Street. The S&P 500's 13% ascent last month can be traced back to its bottom on March 23 — the same day the Federal Reserve essentially pledged to do whatever it takes to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Even with this stimulus in action, investors declared an early victory for an economy that must still crawl out of its worst contraction in many decades, according to Andrew Lapthorne, the head of quantitative strategy at Societe Generale. He drew this conclusion by studying a 150-year history of bear markets, defined as a 20% decline from recent highs. “Beware of the oddity in this bear rally,” Lapthorne said in a recent note to clients.
  He added: “With the fallout from the complete shutdown of economic life in terms of disruptions in supply chains and collapse of aggregate demand, as well as the uncertainty on the post-lockdown path to recovery, new market bottoms are possible, although the unprecedented massive policy response could provide the backstop to a worsening case of deflationary spiral.”His study of bear markets since 1870 led him to conclude that the S&P 500 would finish the year at about 2,715, representing a 7% decline from its April close.Both the crash and recovery are abnormalLapthorne's analysis started by including episodes since 1870 when the S&P 500's decline could ostensibly have been rounded up to 20%. One recent example was the late-2018 sell-off that winded up as a 19.6% decline.But because the 2020 drop has been a different beast in terms of its speed, comparing it to every bear market was not empirically ideal.
  And so he filtered for severe bear markets, defined as drawdowns of at least 30%, to make them comparable to this one. The roster of 15 meltdowns includes infamous sell-offs like the crash of 1929, Black Monday, and the dotcom bust. He found that on average, the S&P 500 recovered by 4% within a month, 13% within three months, and 27% within a year. The typical trajectory of recoveries is similar even when the Great Depression, often likened to the coronavirus crisis, is included.By comparison, stocks have leapt more than 30% from their bottom in March.
The brisk rally of 2020 cannot be divorced from the record amount of government stimulus that flowed into the economy. On this account, Lapthorne said the market's roaring comeback is reasonable.He inserted one more caveat into his analysis: 150 years is perhaps too long a timeframe for analyzing the recent bear market. The forces that drive stocks and the economy have evolved over the last century and a half, and so it's possible to slide into the error of comparing apples with oranges.
  For this reason, Lapthorne averaged the three most recent severe crashes — in 1987, 2000, and 2008 — and then compared them to the rest of his timeframe. He still found that the post-crisis recoveries were similar to the preceding episodes, leaving 2020 as the odd one out.Lapthorne's grand conclusion is that history is rife with many examples of bear rallies that give way to even deeper losses. He left clients with three recommendations: stay hedged with defensive assets, beware of momentum stocks that are sensitive to broader market moves, and be well-positioned for a rally in undervalued stocks.
xysoom May 29 · Tags: wikifx
Bloombergs recent survey on economists suggested that the European Central Bank(ECB) will expand its bond purchase program in the up-coming months in order to provide more support to the economy.To get more news about WikiFX you can visit WikiFX news official website.
  ECB Chair Christine Lagarde estimated as much as 15% of shrinkage in economy, while most observers expect the plan to be officially launched before this September. The exact time and scale of this plan, however, will depend on how much the government is willing to spend.
  Previously, European leaders have approved a€540 billion(equivalence of US$580 billion) program to cushion the immediate shock of coronavirus on economy, but have yet to compose a long term revival plan.
  Economists estimated that Europe will launch emergency package worth of €750 billion and further increase spending by €500 billion, which stack up this years total asset purchase to over €1.5 trillion.
xysoom May 23 · Tags: wikifx
The British pound has been sluggish recently, being among a group of non-US currencies that suffered general pressure due to risk aversion sentiment caused by WTI's decline into negative areas. However, the pound has now shown obvious resistance to decline.To get more news about WikiFX, you can visit WikiFX news official website.
  Despite Markit's service industry PMI in April of 12.3, which was much lower than the expected 27.8, the pound did not show a sharp decline, indicating that the market partially digested the epidemic's shock on Britain's economy. We believe that pound s current exchange rate at an extremely low range indicates the currency has little room for further declines. As the global economy gradually recovers, the pound may rebound significantly.
  The negotiators of the United Kingdom and the European Union began week-long consultations to discuss the relationship between the two countries after the Brexit, including trade issues. As the epidemic persists, the possibility of the UK applying for an extension of the Brexit transition period is also increasing. The market still needs to pay close attention to how the progress of related matters evolve.
xysoom May 23 · Tags: wikifx
Gold price has been falling for the third straight day, as global governments‘ measures of reopening economy and the stock market’s rally reduced part of the markets risk-aversion demands.To get more news about WikiFX, you can visit WikiFX news official website.
  Investors are closely following the stimulus measures governments and central banks will implement to revive economy.
  In addition, statistics also show that China and India‘s gold imports have declined starkly, as lockdown measures and spiking gold prices dampen consumers’ demand of the precious metal. According to data from General Administration of Customs People‘s Republic of China (GACC), China’s Gold imports dropped over 80% in March and over 60% in the first quarter this year.
  China imported only 17.5 tonnes of gold in March, the lowest level recorded by GACC since January, 2018. Similarly, Indias gold imports are also near historical low.

Gold price has been falling for the third straight day, as global governments‘ measures of reopening economy and the stock market’s rally reduced part of the markets risk-aversion demands.
  Investors are closely following the stimulus measures governments and central banks will implement to revive economy.
  In addition, statistics also show that China and India‘s gold imports have declined starkly, as lockdown measures and spiking gold prices dampen consumers’ demand of the precious metal. According to data from General Administration of Customs People‘s Republic of China (GACC), China’s Gold imports dropped over 80% in March and over 60% in the first quarter this year.
  China imported only 17.5 tonnes of gold in March, the lowest level recorded by GACC since January, 2018. Similarly, Indias gold imports are also near historical low.
xysoom May 23 · Tags: wikifx