Today I posted Step #8 in my Special Report: 8 Steps to Protect Your Portfolio from the Global Debt Bomb. I recommended selling Deere (DE), Caterpillar (CAT), and BHP Group (BHP) out of portfolios ahead of rising yields i the bond market. (In the case of Deere, I said I would keep my position in my long-term portfolio but sell the position in my 12-18 month portfolio.) Here’s what I posted in my Special Report
Today, in my Special Report: 8 steps to Protect Your Portfolio from the Globlal Debt Bomb, I advised raising some cash my selling two utility stocks, Duke Energy (DUK) and NiSource (NI) out of my Dividend Portfolio tomorrow.
I’ve hi-lighted the key characteristics of the coming global debt bomb explosion that investors MUST include in any plan to protect a portfolio from the explosion of this bomb.
Investors see a ton of third-quarter earnings reports this coming week with news from Microsoft, Amazon, Meta Platforms, and Alphabet quite capable of moving the entire market. We’ll also get more consumer company (Coca-Cola and Kimberly-Clark for example) reports to show whether last week’s higher revenue but lower volume pattern continues. And Wall Street is expecting negative new from oil companies ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) when they both report on Friday.
Yesterday, October 18, Abbott Laboratories (ABT) reported third-quarter 2023 adjusted earnings of $1.14 per share. That beat the Wall Street consensus projection of $1.10 a share. This was an important transitional reset quarter for Abbott
“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” Monty Python observed back in 1970 before attempting to torture a coal-miner’s wife with a dish rack. There’s an important investing version of this core truth: The financial market usually worries about the wrong problem. So that when the “Spanish Inquisition” (in financial terms) finally arrives, everybody is surprised. Well, we investors and traders have done it to ourselves again. We’ve spent much of 2022 and a good part of 2023 worrying about whether Federal Reserve interest rate increases would send the economy into a recession. There are still a few recession die hards worrying about that possibility, but by and large the worry has shifted to whether or not the Fed will delay its rate cuts in 2024–and thus delay the arrival of the “rate-cut-bounce.” While MANY–but certainly not all–investors, traders, and market analysts have been looking OVER THERE, however, the credit markets have built up a huge debt overhead and the global debt bomb looks ever closer to exploding. A crisis with the dire effects of the Global Financial Crisis of mid-2007 to 2009 is a possibility. I’d “guess” that most portfolios aren’t ready. The time to get ready is now. This increasingly looks like a debt market crisis of the type known as a Minsky Moment. To get ready first understand the source of the problem. I’m putting together a new Special Report for next week on what to do to get ready. Today’s post is a kind of set up, a get ready for the post on getting ready, if you will.
Clearly, inflation isn’t bad for everyone. Not if you have pricing power, anyway. Today, PepsiCo (PEP) reported earnings and sales that a beat Wall Street estimates, and raised its guidance for the next quarter.
Exxon Mobil in talks to acquire Pioneer Natural Resources for $60 billion–I’m selling my position on Monday
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Exxon Mobil (XOM) is in advanced talks to buy Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) in a deal valued at $60 billion. Pioneer currently has a market cap of $55 billion. Through in th debt that Exxon would be buying and there’s not a lot of extra upside here, in my opinion. Today’s 10.45% jump in pioneer shares to care of a lot of any potential deal premium. (I’m assuming that the report is accurate. Today’s news story follows on earlier speculation that the two companies were talking.) Unless you think another bidder will emerge–difficult but not impossible at this deal size, I’d sell my shares here. I like Pioneer as an independent big dividend paye
The People’s Bank of China cut the amount of cash banks must hold in reserve for the second time this year. The move is an effort to boost flagging economic growth in China. The bank could have cut its benchmark interest rate in pursuit of the same goal. But that would have led to more selling against the yuan and the People’s Bank has been busy in the trenches in recent weeks trying to prop up the yuan agains the dollar. The question, of course, is whether the cut in reserve requirements will be enough, without a reduction in interest rates, to revive growth in China’s economy.
Today’s Quick Pick is Verizon ( VZ). Verizon’s stock is up after recently reporting earnings. Verizon reported adjusted earnings of $1.21, up only 4 cents from the expected $1.17. The modest surprise was not what boosted the stock, however. Revenue was down year over year to $32.6 billion from $33.79 billion and the earnings were lower than last year’s $1.31 during this quarter. So why was there a bump in the stock? Verizon was expected to report a loss of 9,000 subscribers as competitors, like T-Mobile, chipped away at its customer base, but the company actually gained 8,000 postpaid subscribers. The stock has a great dividend of 7.68%, but the worry was, if Verizon continued to bleed subscribers, it would no longer be able to support the dividend. With the number of subscribers going up, that dividend looks to be safe and the stock will remain in my dividend portfolio on JubakPicks and JubakAM.
Today’s Quick Pick is Iron Mountain (IRM). Iron Mountain has been around since the 1950s. It started off as a corporate document storage repository and has gradually moved into shredding, security and digitalization (they digitize and store important documents) and a full cloud storage and management offering. The company has 93 million square feet of storage around the world in 56 countries. It acquired about 29 companies in the last three years as the company looks to consolidate a still rather fragmented industry. It has had an average 5.6% revenue growth over the last three years. Morningstar calculates the shares trade at a 3% discount, with a PE of 31, and they pay a 4.2% dividend. I think Iron Mountain is riding a number of o-gern The long-term trends that include corporate and cyber security, as well as the need for document backup in a age of climate change. I’ll be adding this to my JubakPicks and Dividend portfolios on Monday, July 24..
Exxon Mobil guides to huge drop in earnings; just one example of revenue and earnings problems across the sector
On Wednesday, July 5, Exxon Mobil (XOM) told investors that second quarter earnings could drop by 50% from earnings in the second quarter of 2022. On Thursday, July 6, shares of Exxon Mobil closed down 3.73%. Remember, we’re talking about Exxon Mobil here, one gigantic oil company. So while earnings could fall by half in the quarter, the company is still looking at quarterly earnings of $6.2 billion. Exxon’s news has implications across the energy sector.