5-Chart Friday (1/31/20)

By Charlie Bilello

31 Jan 2020

5 charts from the past week that tell an interesting story in markets and investing…

1. Copper and Coronavirus

Down 12 days in a row, this is the longest down streak in history for Copper (data going back to 1971).

Who is the largest importer of Copper?

You guessed it … China. Fears about the coronavirus and its impact on the Chinese economy are growing.

Largest Copper Importers. Source: OEC World

2. When Tech Ruled the World

For the first time ever, there are 4 trillion-dollar companies in the US: Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.


3. Tesla the Terminator (of shorts)

a) Tesla’s market cap spiked higher after its earnings report, surpassing General Electric.

Fun fact: in 1897, General Electric and Westinghouse Electric purchased Nikola Tesla’s patents for an induction motor that ran on alternating current (AC). AC would become the dominant source of power in the world. [side note: for a great historical fiction read on the current wars of the 1890s (Edison/Westinghouse/Tesla), check out “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore. Highly recommend.]

b) “Net income? Where we’re going we don’t need net income.”

4. The Amazing Amazon

a) Amazon vs. Retailers over the past 5 years…

b) $10,000 invested in Amazon’s IPO in May 1997 is now worth … over $10 million.

c) … but achieving such gains was anything but easy. You would’ve had to sit through a 94% drawdown (’99-’01) and 10 years without a new high…

d) Amazon’s incredible revenue growth over the years (73 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth)…

5. Yields: How Low Can They Go?

US Investment Grade Bond yields have moved down to their lowest level ever: 2.64%.

Ok, so that’s more than 5 charts, but I couldn’t resist.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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