MidSouth Week in Review
May 3, 2024

Weekly Update from Fund Manager Buzz Heidtke, MidSouth Investment Fund

May. 6, 2024 | RedChip Companies

For the week the S&P was up 0.5%.  The Dollar rose above its November high.  Gold made a new recent high at $2400.  Wholesale gas made a 7-month high.  Bitcoin dropped from its March high of $73k to $59k this week.  Sources:  Wall Street Journal and New York Times




Copper – We upgraded our year-end target on copper to $12,000/t from $10,000/t, while raising our full year forecast average price to $9,800/t (vs. $9,200 previously), and retain our average $15,000/t in 2025 – Goldman Sachs ….. Electric cars use 4x more copper than gas cars - Buzz


Mortgage Rates – are at the highest level since the end of November.  The rate on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is up half a percentage point since Jan. 1, to an average of 7.17%.  The rapid increase in rates has pushed mortgage payments sharply higher and priced many people out of the housing market – The Kiplinger Letter


Sex – What did Bill Clinton say to Hillary after sex?  Honey, I’ll be home in about a half an hour. - Buzz


10-Year Bond Yield – The yield on the bench-mark 10-year note which rises as bond prices fall has climbed nearly a percentage point from is February lows, setting on Friday at 4.668% - Wall Street Journal


Tesla – was down 21% over three years and the S&P returned 26.4% over the same period.  Tesla underperformed an average stock by 47.4% during the period – First Wilshire ….. Tesla reported a dream 1Q with a 55% plunge in profits from last year – THE WEEK


Gold – Several years ago Gold rose to $800 and back down to $300.  At $300 a banker called me and wanted to see if anyone would be interested in buying Gold bars and bullion coins because he had a client that just filed for bankruptcy.  I bought the bars for $280 an ounce and the bullion coins for $320 an ounce and about three years ago gave them to my daughter with the advice not sell unless things were bad.  Gold today is $2,313 an ounce – Buzz


Mortgages – Thirty-year fixed rate mortgage rates last week jumped nearly a quarter point to 7%+.  The highest level since late 2023.  Thirty-year mortgage rates jumped a quarter point to 7.1% - Wall Street Journal


The Lowest Salary – that U.S. job seekers are willing to accept to take on a new job reached a record high of $81,822 vs. $76,000 last year – Money


A Fool And His Money – A wealthy man asked his young beautiful wife, “If I lost all my money would you still love me?”  The wife replied, “Yes, and I’d miss you too.” – Chuck Roast


Autos – The average completion price on a new vehicle jumped to $48,860 in March vs. $39,950 thru a year earlier, according to Edmunds.  Insurance costs are up 22.2%.  Owners are keeping their average car 12.5 years, increasing for the fifth straight year, according to S&P – Global Prohibition


Marijuana – The Biden administration is seeking to reclassify it as a less dangerous drug.  People familiar with it said a historic move could make it easier to buy and sell pot and make the multibillion-dollar industry more profitable – New York Times


Inflation – There’s no near-term relief in sight.  Consumers are spending heavily, good for the economy and for businesses’ profits, but bad for the Fed as it tries to lower inflation – The Kiplinger Letter


Coffee – Starbucks is pledging to turn around after the coffee giant reported a sharp slowdown in visits and weaker-than-expected sales and profits in the latest quarter – Wall Street Journal


New Car Loan Rates – just jumped to their highest level in 23 years at 8%.  This means the average rate on a new car loan has nearly tripled in 3 years – The Kobeissi Letter


Only Way – to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not – Mark Twain


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