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AMEX/CAT

Posted by Sada Mosler on July 22nd, 2008


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Karim writes:

AMEX notes consumer spending slowed in latter part of quarter, suggesting effect of fiscal impulse waning. CAT driven by emerging market strength, states U.S. and Europe are two weakest regions, and expects rate cuts by Fed and ECB by year-end.

AMEX

  • Consumer spending slowed during the latter part of the quarter and credit indicators deteriorated beyond our expectations,” Mr Chenault said. The economic fallout was evident even among American Express’s prime customers.

CAT

  • CATERPILLAR SEES ECB CUTTING RATES AT LEAST 25BP BEFORE YR END
  • CATERPILLAR SEES NO SIGN OF RECOVERY IN NORTH AMERICAN HOUSING
  • CATERPILLAR ASSUMES AT LEAST ONE MORE RATE CUT LATER THIS YR
  • CATERPILLAR SEES ‘DIFFICULT’ FOR ECONOMY TO AVOID A RECESSION
  • CATERPILLAR SEES OIL PRICE AVG ABOUT 16% HIGHER IN LAST HALF
  • CATERPILLAR SAYS 2Q SALES/REVENUE UP 30% OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA
  • Caterpillar Net Rises 34% as Asia, Mideast Building Lift Sales
  • Caterpillar Reports All-Time Record Quarter Driven by Strong Growth Outside North America
  • Right, weak domestic demand for sure. But note the last few lines that represent the booming exports even though domestic economies around the world are slowing.

    That’s what happens when they spend their accumulated hoard of USD here and spend less at home as they try to get rid of their USD hoards. This doesn’t stop until their holdings of USD fall to desired levels.

    I still see continued domestic weakness with GDP muddling through due to exports and government spending.

    And ever higher prices pouring in through the import/export channel.


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