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The Repertoire of Independence Day Week



This shortened week will have a few events on the economic and policy fronts. There will be only a few corporate news, including Levi Strauss & Co (NYSE: LEVI) that reports fiscal second-quarter earnings on Thursday along with Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST). On the same day Stellantis N.V. (NYSE: STLA) will be hosting an investor event, the EV Day 2021


The U.S. stock markets are closed on Monday due to Independence Day.


On July 6th, we’re in for two reports. The Institute for Supply Management will release its Services Purchasing Managers’ Index for June whereas the Reserve Bank of Australia will announce its monetary-policy decision, as parts of the country have entered lockdown again to fight the Delta variant of Covid-19.


On July 7th,  the Federal Reserve’s  monetary policy committee will publish minutes from its eventful mid-June meeting, when officials signaled that interest rates would rise sooner and faster than Wall Street had expected, with inflation rising at its fastest pace since 2008.

The BLS will release the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey for May with economists forecasting the figure to match the one from April which was the highest since the data were first collected in December 2000.

The Mortgage Bankers Association will report on mortgage applications for the week ending on July 2nd. Supply constraints have pushed home-price growth to record levels, with mortgage applications declined 6.9% last week and falling during four of the past six weekly surveys.


On July 8th, we’re finally in for some earnings reports.

Levi Strauss’ growth rebound

Investors are expecting plenty of good news in Levi’s second quarter report that will be a test for the recent shares rally. Expectations are running high, especially after management lifted its outlook and raised the dividend in early April. Sales are expected to make a dramatic return to positive territory, with revenue surging 150% compared to the pandemic-disrupted period a year earlier. In April, CEO Chip Bergh revealed the retailing business is experiencing “faster-than-expected recovery” so investors are optimistic for a good reason.

The big questions heading into this week’s announcement include whether Levi’s avoided supply chain challenges that caused rising costs for Nike (NYSE: NKE) and Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU). But both of them were able to pass along price increases while keeping inventory levels in check, with profitability rising even as apparel giants were forced to rely on more-expensive air freight.

Levi’s gross profit margin will be the number to watch as profitability hit a new record last quarter thanks to the combination of rising prices and the shift toward e-commerce sales. Assuming Levi’s supply chain held up through the period, another record could be in the cards.

Most Wall Street pros are predicting sales will rise about 33% in fiscal 2021 after having declined 23% last year. The hope is not only a return to setting new sales records but doing so at higher profitability due to a positive selling environment. This week’s report should describe some of the best growth and earnings trends that Levi has ever posted.

Costco’s June sales

Investors will be eagerly following that report on guard for a growth slowdown as the prior report did not have such issues, with sales spiking 24% following a similarly strong period last year. The world’s second-biggest retailer is enjoying sustained demand spikes despite consumer spending patterns shifting away from essentials and toward more discretionary purchases, such as electronics and home furnishings.

The retailer’s June results could set the tone for the stock heading into the summer selling season with investors are currently expecting revenue to rise by 11% in the quarter that will end in August.

Stellantis’ EV Day

The automobile manufacturer formed earlier this year via the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE: FCAI) and Peugeot will be presenting its electrification strategy to its investors.

The Federal Reserve will report on consumer credit data for May. Back in April, total outstanding consumer credit was a record $4.24 trillion as the continued reopening of the economy and hot housing market fueled shoppers to take on more debt. The Department of Labor will report initial jobless claims for the week ending on July 3rd .


We will be ending the week in Venice as Italy hosts a G20 summit of finance ministers and central bank governors, after 130 countries representing more than 90% of global GDP backed a minimum global corporate tax rate last week after two days of negotiations in Paris. The event will run from July 9th to July 10th, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pushing for a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15% on behalf of the Biden administration.


Coca Cola Confirms Its World’s Beloved Brand Status



For more than a century, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) has been “refreshing the world in mind, body, and spirit”. The company aims to inspire moments of optimism, to create value and make a difference.

On Wednesday, the beverage giant revealed second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street’s expectations, allowing it to raise its full year forecast for adjusted earnings per share and organic revenue growth. Most importantly, some markets rebounded from the pandemic, fueling revenue to surpass 2019 levels. Shares rose more than 2% in morning trading.

Q2 figures

Net income rose from $1.78 billion as it amounted to $2.64 billion. It resulted in adjusted earnings per share of 68 cents, exceeding the expected 56 cents. Net sales rose 42% with revenue of $10.13 billion that also exceeded the expected $9.32 billion. Excluding acquisitions and foreign currency, organic revenue rose 37% compared to last year’s biggest plunge in quarterly revenue in at least three decades due to lockdowns that severely dented demand.

A significant increase in marketing and advertising spend fueled the rebound but Coca Cola’s approach isn’t just about boosting spend, but also about increasing the efficiency of that spend. CFO John Murphy revealed that marketing dollars were doubled compared to last year’s quarter, when the pandemic forced the beverage giant to slash its costs to preserve cash.

Unit performance

All drink segments reported double-digit volume growth. Away-from-home channels, like restaurants and movie theaters, were rebounding in some markets, like China and Nigeria, but there are also markets that are still being heavily pressured by the pandemic such as India.

The department that contains its flagship soda saw volume increase by 14% in the quarter. The nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage business saw a volume growth of 25%, partly fueled by Minute Maid and Fairlife milk sales in North America. The same volume growth was seen by hydration, sports, coffee and tea segment. Costa cafes in the United Kingdom reopened and drove 78% increase in volume for coffee alone.

The risk of raising commodity prices

Like its F&B peers, Coke is facing higher commodity prices but it plans to raise prices and use productivity levers to manage the volatility in the second half of the year.


For the full year, Coke improved its organic revenue growth outlook from high-single digit growth to a range of 12% to 14%. It also raised its forecast for adjusted earnings per share growth from high single digits to a low double digits range of 13% to 15%.

Putting it all together, executives emphasized the range of possible outcomes given the asynchronous recovery and dynamic of the pandemic. Coca Cola plans to build on the strong momentum by intensifying the amount and efficacy of promotions and continuing to innovate, what it does better than anyone and what helped it earn its brand status.

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Automakers Are Hitting the Accelerator in the EV Race



On Thursday, Daimler AG (OTC: DDAIF) has officially hit the accelerator in the e-car race with Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), revealing it will invest more than 40 billion euros in EVs by 2030. From 2025, three new vehicle platforms will only make battery-powered vehicles. One will cover passenger cars and SUVs, one will be devoted to vans and last but not least, the third will be home to high-performance vehicles that will be launched in 2025. Under its EV strategy, the inventor of the modern motor car will be renamed Mercedes-Benz as it spins off its trucks division by the end of the year. With its partners, it will build eight battery plants to ramp up EV production.

Upon the news that come just over a week after the EU proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, shares rose 2.5%.

Automotive peers

Ahead of the EU’s announcement that is only part of a broad strategy to combat global warming, many automakers announced major investments in EVs. Earlier this month, Stellantis (NYSE: STLA) revealed its own EV strategy that includes investing more than 30 billion euros by 2025. Mercedes Benz isn’t the only one ‘going for it’ to be dominantly, if not all electric, by the end of the decade. Geely Automobile Holdings Limited’s (OTC: GELYF) Volvo Cars committed to going all electric by 2030, while General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) is aiming to be fully electric by 2035 and Volkswagen AG (OTC: VWAGY) even plans to build half a dozen battery cell plants in Europe.

Moving the debate

Daimler’s chief executive stated that  spending on ICE-related technology will be “close to zero” by 2025 but he did not specify when it will end the sales of fossil fuel-powered cars. Källenius wants to move the debate away from when will the last combustion engine be built to how quickly they can scale up to being close to 100% electric.

Tough decisions for Mercedes Benz

The undergoing shift will result in an 80% drop in investments in ICE vehicles between 2019 and 2026. This will have a direct impact on jobs because EVs have fewer components and so require fewer workers compared to their ICE counterparts. As of 2025, Daimler expects EVs and hybrids will make up half of its sales, with all-electric cars expected to account for most that figure, which is earlier than its previous forecast for 2030.

The battery- the Holly Grail

By 2023, Daimler plans to have a fully operational battery recycling plant in Germany. The industry leader Tesla just signed a deal with the world’s largest nickel miner to secure its battery resources as it prepares to begin its own tables battery in-house. Then there’s Worksport (OTC: WKSP) who will bring solar power to the EV table with its solar fusion TerraVis which will be fine-tuned and validated for prelaunch by the end of 2021. Although the first prototype is a solar-powered tonneau cover for pickup truck drivers, the company is also developing TerraVis COR which is a standalone product that offers remote power generation and storage. In other words, with its two-year partnership with Ontario Tech University, Worksport is fully equipped to power many automakers step into the electrification era.

The EV race is a journey like no other we have witnessed – and the participants are going full-speed ahead as they race to reshape the energy matrix of automotive industry.

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Intel’s Q2 Results Show It Is Not Losing Focus



Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) revealed its second-quarter 2021 financial results yesterday. The digitization transformation and switching to cloud services continue to accelerate, and a company like Intel sees that as the opportunity for an even bigger growth. Even with the current semiconductor shortage, Intel is not losing its focus on both innovations and the implementation of new solutions. The company’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, appointed earlier in 2021, believes we are at the beginning of the semiconductor industry’s decade of sustained growth and that Intel has a unique position to capitalize on that trend. As the momentum is strengthening, execution is increasing, the company’s products are being chosen for top and flagship products. We can also see good results in other companies in the semiconductor business, like Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD).

 Second-quarter results

Intel’s second-quarter results are positive and the proof of the momentum building up, as mentioned by Gelsinger. GAAP revenues for Q2 were $19.6 billion, significantly higher than the expected $17.8 billion, and there was no change when looking back year over year. However, non-GAAP revenues were $18.5 billion, exceeding the April guidance by $700 million, and that is 2% up compared to the previous year. Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG) generated $6.5 billion compared to the expected $5.9 billion. Client computing generated the expected revenues of 9.95 billion, while the actual revenues were $10.1 billion. GAAP earnings per share were $1.24, while the non-GAAP EPS were $1.28, which also surpassed April’s guidance of $1.07.

 The good trend in the semiconductor industry

Another chipmaker, Dallas-based Texas Instruments, also reported Q2 earnings that topped the expectations. These good results were due to revenues growth and an increase in profits. The analysts expected revenues of $4.36 billion, and the company managed to generate $4.58 billion. That is a sales increase of 41% when looking year over year. Expected earnings per share were $2.05, while the analysts expected $1.83. However, the sales guidance for the current quarter was below the investors’ wishes, so the share price dropped upon the news.


As revenue, EPS, and gross margin exceeded the Q2 guidance, Intel raised its 2021 full-year guidance. So expected GAAP revenues are $77.6 billion and non-GAAP revenues are expected to amount to $73.5 billion (which is an increase of $1 billion), resulting in expected GAAP EPS of $4.09 and non-GAAP EPS of $4.80. Planned CAPEX is between $19 billion and $20 billion and free cash flow should be $11 billion, which is an increase of $500 million versus prior expectations. Gelsinger estimates that the semiconductor shortage will start loosening in the second half of the year, but it will take another one to two years until the demand is completely met.

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