A lot has happened in the market this week, but one set of headlines completely stole the show. Catch up on the most important stories of the week.
It’s been a strange week on Wall Street.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the big story this week has been short squeezes.
Short sellers came under siege this week as their positions were ambushed by throngs of retail investors. Using the power of internet forums like Reddit to organize their efforts, huge amounts of traders began targeting the most highly shorted stocks to purchase – in turn creating some of the most massive short squeezes in history.
GameStop Corp. (GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) saw the biggest gains this week, but a number of other highly shorted stocks are being bought up by investors looking for similar moonshot profits.
But yesterday saw the party end for GME and AMC as shares fell sharply. So as a little bit of normalcy returns to the market, I think it’s important to look back at what we might have missed while the short squeezes took all of our attention.
Here are some of the biggest stories of the week that you should be aware of…
Where’s the money?
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest events of the week that didn’t have to do with short squeezes…
- Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) crushed expectations on its latest earnings report – with – and seems to have finally rounded the corner in its transition from desktop to cloud computing.
- The Federal Reserve maintained its dovish posture, opting not to increase interest rates and to keep the amount of its monthly bond purchases the same at this time. The Fed also pledged to continue to take measures to support the economy until a full rebound is well under way.
- The Boeing Company (BA) reported a record loss in its Q4 earnings report. Despite the dismal numbers, shares rallied strongly after the 737 Max jet was cleared to resume flights in Europe. The return of the 737 Max is widely viewed as a key to BA’s recovery, and this was a big step in that process.
- The cannabis industry has a new player with some serious star-power behind it. Rapper Shawn Carter, aka “Jay-Z,” has taken his cannabis company public. The Parent Company (GRAMF) is now the largest vertically integrated cannabis operator in California, the country’s largest cannabis market.
But there’s one story in particular that a lot of people missed this week that should reinforce the lesson that the short squeeze mania taught us…
How do I get some?
Perhaps the biggest story from this week that people are not talking about is Apple Inc. (AAPL) and how it crushed expectations for iPhone sales, increasing by double-digits year over year.
Apple also had its most profitable quarter ever.
But if you assume that Apple’s stock jumped up as a result, you’d be wrong.
In fact, shares of AAPL opened yesterday almost 2% lower than Wednesday’s close.
This is why I never look at the top or bottom line, I just look at the supply and demand curve between buyers and sellers.
And as we saw a bunch this week, in the short-term, that’s all that truly matters.
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In the Spotlight: Tesla’s stock isn’t the only price going up…
Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) unveiled their latest Model S this week after undergoing its first redesign since 2012.
With upgrades to both the exterior and interior – including sharper body lines, adjustments to the touchscreen, steering wheel, and much more – Elon Musk revealed that the new Model S will cost $10,000 more than the old model.
While the increased cost will likely help Tesla’s bottom line, there’s also a risk there.
Competition in the electric vehicle space is heating up, and Tesla’s price hike opens the door for a competitor to undercut their latest offering.
I’ve taken a huge interest in this industry, and I’ll be sure to give you my favorite stocks as more developments roll in.