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April 04, 2024
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• What is driving the increase in gold and oil prices?
• Why did Tesla's quarterly deliveries decline?
• What is the purpose of Yellen's visit to China?
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Opening price as of 04/04/2024 compared to last close
Gold and Oil Rally Despite Weak U.S. Data
Following weak U.S. economic data revealing job openings falling below 10 million and a slowdown in February factory orders, precious metals surged. Gold exceeded $2,000, supported by declining yields and inflation concerns. Analysts noted gold's resilience amid economic slowdown and inflation pressures. Oil prices also rose due to OPEC+ cuts, strengthening gold's appeal as an inflation hedge. While a modest rate hike is expected in May, analysts warn of potential dampening effects on gold's momentum with continued hikest. Read more

Tesla's First Quarterly Delivery Drop in Nearly Four Years
Tesla reported an 8.5% decline in first-quarter vehicle deliveries, totaling 386,810, starkly contrasting analysts' expectations of approximately 457,000. This marks Tesla's initial annual delivery decrease since 2020, despite managing to produce 433,371 vehicles, representing a mere 1.7% decrease in production. The company faced challenges, including supply disruptions and intensified competition, notably in China. CEO Elon Musk's directive to demonstrate Tesla's premium driver assistance system for North American customers coincided with a significant 29% drop in Tesla's stock performance for the quarter, raising concerns about its trajectory. Read more

Yellen's China Visit: Continued Economic Dialogue
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is embarking on her second in-person visit to China as Treasury Secretary from April 3 to April 9, with a focus on continuing economic dialogue with top Chinese officials. This visit emphasizes the growing global concern over China's expanding excess industrial capacity and its economic implications. Yellen's itinerary includes a visit to Guangzhou, followed by meetings in Beijing, where discussions will revolve around economic challenges and policy responses. Topics of discussion include China's property market troubles and U.S. regional bank failures, reflecting the depth of the economic dialogue between Yellen and Chinese officials. Read more

Why Are Home Prices So High?

According to a research report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the American dream of homeownership is diminishing due to surging housing prices and dwindling affordability. This trend is particularly affecting young, middle-income, and first-time home buyers, who are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase existing homes.
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