Friday Fallout Four-Play: Trump Tariff Tweets
More tariffs are coming, and the market isn’t happy.
Let’s get serious for a moment…
Last night, President Trump tweeted that the U.S. will impose a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico until the country stops illegal migrants crossing the border. What’s more, those tariffs could rise to as much as 25% by October if Mexico fails to “substantially stop the illegal inflow of aliens coming through its territory.”
Mexico clearly wasn’t going to take this lying down, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador responded, stating that: “Social problems cannot be resolved with taxes or coercive measures.” He continued by calling for a deeper dialogue with the U.S. to seek alternatives.
The prospect of another front opening in the trade war has already had significant impact on the market.
The Takeaway — 4 Things You Need to Know:
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 300 points on the open, putting Wall Street’s biggest sentiment indicator below the 25,000 mark. Breaking this key psychological area could have negative repercussions for the market. Get defensive now [Note: link to 10X promo].
- Gold prices are soaring. The flight to safety on the Street has pushed gold futures to their highest levels since April. Gold is set to gain 1.4% on the week and 1.2% on the month. If you can’t (or won’t) buy gold, at least consider the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) exchange-traded fund for exposure.
- U.S. automakers are already getting hammered by the Mexico tariffs. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) were down more than 4% in early-morning trading. Mexico is a key supplier for both automakers, with analysts estimating that GM and Ford source 29% and 10% of their North American production from Mexico, respectively.
- U.S.-China trade might also be impacted. According to Ed Mills, policy analyst at Raymond James: “We view this action as further deteriorating the U.S.-China trade fight. Chinese officials have stated their concern about the reliability of President Trump as a trading partner.”
As we heard yesterday [Note: link to yesterday’s GS article], Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) is knocking it out of the park. This heated competition has Dollar Tree Stores Inc. (Nasdaq: DLTR) turning to alcohol as a solution.
Banyan Hill gurus took this idea and ran with it, suggesting that it could open the door for dollar-type stores to begin selling cannabis. That could be a huge investment possibility for Dollar Tree and Dollar General.
But the hidden gold this week was the following quote on pot snobs:
But snobs who are like: “I don’t eat ‘seafood’ from Taco Bell” will also say: “I don’t smoke ‘weed’ from Dollar Tree.” — Sarah G., Publisher
Which led to Great Stuff’s first official meme of the week:
— Larry F., Publisher
Welcome to America in the 2020s.
Yoo-Hoo! I’ll Make You Famous