5 charts from the past week that tell an interesting story in markets and investing…
1) The $100 Million Deli?
Shares of Hometown International – a New Jersey Deli with a single location – hit a market cap of $113 million earlier this year and are still trading at $94 million today.
Its latest financials: sales of $5,305 in the 1st quarter and a net loss of $170,254.
2) Revenge of the Memes
And they’re back…
The meme stocks are surging again, led by AMC.
At $16 billion, AMC’s market cap passed Whirlpool, a company with over $20 billion in revenues in the past year versus $449 million for AMC.
3) The Big 4 Get Bigger
The combined revenue of the 4 largest US companies hit a record $1.1 trillion over last 12 months…
- Apple $AAPL: $325 billion
- Microsoft $MSFT: $160 billion
- Amazon $AMZN: $419 billion
- Google $GOOGL: $197 billion
That’s larger than the GDP of all but 14 countries.
4) Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Goods
Demand-pull inflation continues with core PCE moving above 3% for the first time since the early 1990s. Preview of the Fed response at next month’s meeting: “transitory.”
5) What a Difference a Year Makes
A year ago we were just emerging from a nationwide lockdown with the worst of covid-19 still to come.
Today we have the virus on the run, with half of all Americans (165 million people) vaccinated and new cases fast approaching the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic.
Hospitalizations continue to hit new lows and deaths are moving down sharply with a new pandemic low likely in the next week.
A roaring summer of activity awaits, and we’re already seeing that with US air travel at its highest level since mid March of 2020.
And that’s it for this week. Thanks for reading.
Have a great Memorial day weekend!
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