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Walmart`s online business is growing but it has come at a cost to profitability

Walmart is the world`s third largest employer by numer of employees. 2,2 million worldwide last year with 1,5 million in the U.S and 700,000 international. Walmart Inc is an American mutinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores and grocery stores.

The company is expedted to report earnings on Thursday 15 before market open. The report wil be for the fiscal Quarter ending July 2019. The consensus EPS forecast for the quarter is $1,22, and the report for the same quarter last year was $1,29.

As of April 30, 2019, Walmart has 11,368 stores and clubs in 27 countries, operating under 55 different names. The company is the world`s largest company by revenue, with US$514,405 billion. It is a publicly traded family-owned business, as the company is controlled by the Walton family.

So far in 2019, Walmart is the largest U.S grocery retailer, and 65 percent of Walmart`s US$510,329 billion sales came from U.S operations. Their investments outside America have seen mixed results. Its operations and subsidiaries in the U.K, Central and South America, and China are highly successful, whereas its venture failed in Germany and South Korea.

Their approach to Amazon`s busines model and international expansion will continue to lift the company further. The street is looking for a top-line growth of 1,7 percent but there is concerns over the impact of trade war.

Many investors will watch out for the margins on the report as the cost of some of the goods are changing. JPMorgan has estimated in a report that the company could see up to 40 percent reduction in operating profit because of the tariffs on Chinese imports. But that will have an impact on the next quarter.

The online sales is a success and its going straight up. The e-commerce activity are up 37 percent YoY. They compete with Amazon and they are both speeding up their delivery times. In my recent article the headline was retail acopalypse, but what about Walmart?

They have also closed a lot of stores but Walmart has the best developed web grocery business with 2,450 stores offering curbside order pickup.

Walmart`s online growth has come at a cost to profitability, though. Gross margins of 24,3 percent were in line with analysts estimates but did mark a slight YoY contraction. That can be attributed to higher labor costs, plus online sales that typically deliver lower margins that in-store sales.

The company also said in a report that transportation expenses have eased somewhat this year. CFO Brett Biggs recently said; “Our first quarter results put us in a good position to achieve full-year goals.”

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Progressive Congresswoman Ilhan Omar likens anti-Israel resolution

Progressive Congresswoman Ilhan Omar likens anti-Israel resolution to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The Media Mob say Trump is a racist and say nothing about Omar who is supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

BDS is a Palestinian-led campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel. Some «smart» people are often protesting against Israel but it is nothing more than anti-semittism. In other words; Hate.

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43% of Morgan Stanley`s total revenue comes from wealthy individuals

You can clearly see how all the banks have different stories to tell, and the next bank to deliver earnings report on Thursday is Morgan Stanley. This is different from J.P.Morgan`s story. Morgan Stanley`s consensus EPS estimate is $1,16, which is -10,8% YoY.

The consensus Revenue Estimate is $10,02 Billion which is -5,6% YoY. 50% of Morgan Stanley`s total revenue comes from Institutional Securities. 43% of their total revenue comes from Wealth Management. 7% of total revenue is made from Investment Management.

There must be a lot of wealthy customers in Morgan Stanley`s portfolio, but wealthy induviduals is followed by financial services (brokerage, investment advisory, financial planning, insurance, securities-based loans etc) to medium-sized businesses and institutioons.

Morgan Stanley is headquartered at Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York and CEO James Gorman is not a big fan of Bitcoin, Libra or other crypto currencies. On Wednesday, we saw a Facebook hearings live from Capitol Hill and Mr Gorman is obviously not alone to be negative to crypto currencies.

In an interview with CNBC, he said “Psonally, I am not that exited about new exchanges for currencies or new forms of cryptocurrency. I`ve said this many times, an may be proven dead wrong about this. I don`t get it or see the need for another form of stored value. We have currencies and precious metals and reserve notes. Apparently, there`s a need there, right? But the fact that we are not in that doesn`t bother me at all,” Gorman said.

Fair value of the Morgan Stanley stock is about 20% higher than the current price. Citi upgraded Morgan Stanley to buy. Earning report will be released on Thursday before market open.

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Bank of America is “too big to fail” and its cost-cutting strategy is in focus

Bank of America is the second-largest bank in the U.S, and the company is expected to post quarterly earnings on Wednesday before market open. Bank of America is expected to earn $0,76 per share and that`s five cents ahead of the Wall Street.

If this number holds it would be a 12,7% change YoY. Their revenue are expected to be $23,04 billion and that is a whopping 1,9% from the same quarter last year.

The bank have benefited huge from a roring U.S economy and most of the profits is coming from its consumer bank, but all major business segments have increased the profits. All this thanks to healthy loan and deposit growth.

Its net interest income growth have also risen thanks to rising interest rates. Like all other banks, Fed`s change in policy is negative for the bank and a cut in interest rate will decrease NII. Lower interest rate will also trigger a recession, but that`s another story. The Fed is extremely dovish and that in turn will make the banks forward return to decline the next months.

Bank of America is the second-largest bank of the four «too big to fail» money center banks, and its P/E is only 10,85 with a dividend yield of 2,04%. The bank has a streak of 12 conssecutive quarters of beating EPS estimates on the line. The focus this time is its cost-cutting strategy.

The chart for the bank showed a golden cross in late March this year, but that has not been a great signal so far. It remain to see the stock to go higher.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co will report earnings while we are entering a rate-cutting cycle

The banks are in focus this week as they will report earnings with JPMorgan Chase coming out with their report Tuesday morning before the open. JPMorgan has outperformed its peers and their growth has been 18% per year last three years.

Last two years, JPMorgan Chase has beaten Earnings Per Share estimates 100% of the time. They have also beaten revenue estimates 100% of the time.

Analysts expect JPMorgan to earn $2,50 per share in the second quarter on revenue of $28,91 billion. JPMorgan earned $2,22 in the second quarter last year.

JPMorgan is different from Well Fargo which is also reporting earnings on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase has moved up over 10% over the past year while Wells Fargo has faced a lot of obstacles, inkluding lack of their own CEO.

The banking industry is scary to me at the moment, and the most dangerous bank in the world is in Europe. Dutche Bank has been a desaster for a long time and the company are on the edge. A collapse could send the whole world in a negative trend.

We are also entering a rate-cutting cycle which is not good for the banks either. The margins will shrink and the earnings will decline while the rates are falling and the spread between the rates on loans and the rates paid out on deposits shrinks.

Morgan Stanley and Citi both downgraded the industry as a whole because of this development with rates, but JPMorgan is still a favorite.

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