TYLER MATHISEN, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: All-time high. The Trump
rally continues, sending the Dow to a record, although not all sectors go along for the ride. What should you do now?
Trumped up. After the election, mortgage rates spike. Is it temporary, or
the new normal in housing?
And, taxing question. How much will you get if a Trump tax plan goes
All that and more tonight on NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT for Thursday, November
Good evening, everyone. And welcome. Sue Herera has the night off.
Well, call it the Trump rally day two. It is early, very, very early. But
all the naysayers and prognosticators who said the Trump win would send
stocks down hard have been off the mark. Today, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average, supposedly a snapshot of the economy and home of some of the
bluest of blue chips rocketed to a record close.
But not everyone participated. We`ll have more on that in just a moment.
The Dow rose 218 points to 18,807, a record. The NASDAQ lost 42. And the
S&P 500 rose four.
Bob Pisani has more on the rally.
BOB PISANI, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: What a week of trading.
We went from rallying on Monday, going into the election, to down 800
points the night of the election, to soaring to record heights just today.
What`s going on? There`s a new trading mentality on Wall Street right now.
Let`s call it the reflation trade. Buy into sectors that will benefit from
less regulation and more fiscal stimulus, that means spending.
Infrastructure names like Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) and Home
Depot (NYSE:HD), and bank stocks like J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs
(NYSE:GS) all hit new highs today.
Now, on the other side, on the downside, interest rate sensitive groups
like telecom, real estate, and utilities are being hit by concerns of
higher interest rates. And big tech like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Apple
(NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are down on trade concerns.
So, this can this continue these trends? Well, sure they can, but we may
be approaching the limits to how far banks and pharmaceuticals, for
example, can go without very specific changes in the legislation. We need
to see that. We need to hear more on the specifics of less regulation,
more stimulus, and tax reform. And that may not happen until January.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Bob Pisani at the New York Stock Exchange.
MATHISEN: As Bob mentioned, big name tech stocks have not participated in
this post-election stock euphoria.
Deirdre Bosa tells us more now on why this notable group is sitting out the
DEIRDRE BOSA, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Transition begins to
a Trump administration, shock waves are reverberating throughout Silicon
Valley. Executives are grappling with a new reality.
This morning, Alphabet`s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, acknowledged the
ERIC SCHMIDT, ALPHABET EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN: The top five most valued
companies in America today are Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG),
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).
So, if the all R team is very focused on big business, there`s five
businesses right there.
What do each and every one of those companies need? High value, high
quality, high levels of education immigration. Every one of them is
powered completely by those policies, which have been stuck for 20 years.
BOSA: But those policies may be changing as a new order takes over, one
that has become increasingly hostile.
Never before has the tech industry been so united against a presidential
candidate than it was against Donald Trump. Trump took shots at some of
the biggest names in tech. He called for a boycott on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL),
claimed that IBM was moving jobs outside the U.S., and suggested that
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) was an illegal monopoly.
In response, Amazon`s CEO Jeff Bezos offered to send Trump to space. But
today, he congratulated the president-elect and wished him success.
In a memo to employees, Apple`s chief Tim Cook said the company`s North
Star hasn`t changed and the only way to move forward is to move forward
But some were not as hopeful. Slack CEO Stuart Butterfield said he was
heartbroken. While Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop One,
suggested that California secede.
Trump`s hard line stance on immigration is also at odds with the industry`s
push for immigration reform, another point Schmidt addressed.
SCHMIDT: We bring these incredibly intelligent people into our country.
We have the best educational system by far, at the college and graduate
school level. We kick them out after giving them these incredibly
expensive degrees, which we helped subsidized, and then they go and create
competitors to our companies, right? Now, come on, guys. Let`s fix that.
BOSA: There was one prominent in tech who did back Trump — billionaire
investor Peter Thiel. Though his support put him at odds with most Silicon
Valley, he is now perhaps ironically one of the few people in tech who will
have the new president`s ear.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, Deirdre Bosa, San Francisco.
MATHISEN: Well, the dust hadn`t settled on election night or early morning
before bond yields started to rise. And, of course, with rising yields
comes rising mortgage rates.
Diana Olick on what the spike means.
DIANA OLICK, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: As President-elect
Donald Trump met with leaders in Washington today, investors around the
world continued to back out of the bond market, which in turn pushed U.S.
mortgage rates, which loosely followed bond yields to their biggest two-day
gain in three years.
MATTHEW GRAHAM, MORTGAGE NEWS DAILY: In terms of actual interest rates, we
moved a quarter of a point higher in two days. And that is relatively
unheard of. This is sort of thing we can count without using any of our
toes, going back at least a decade. So, it`s definitely a big spike.
OLICK: The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgages are still
historically low, below 4 percent. But the increase would definitely cost
buyers in their monthly payment. It could actually keep some buyers from
qualifying for a loan. Rising rates also just plain scare buyers.
GRAHAM: Psychologically, we feel like 3.875 is a much higher rate than
3.625, if that`s what we`re looking at, and that`s what we had access two
days ago. So, I think the psychological impact is fairly substantial.
OLICK: On the larger scale, the rise in interest rates is also hitting the
stocks of REITs, which invest in commercial real estate. REITs, which
offer high dividends, are a low yield play.
ALEXANDER GOLDFARB, SANDLER O`NEILL: REITs are derivative of interest
rates and the economy. So, if you have interest rates that are going up,
that`s going to send REITs down. The flip side of that is that the economy
does better, that should help rent growth, which should help REITs.
OLICK: It really is a grand irony. Donald Trump rode to victory on an
electorate looking for a better economy and a better standard of living.
But the initial financial market reaction made mortgages more expensive and
could push rents even higher.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Diana Olick in Washington.
MATHISEN: So, can the Trump stock market rally continue? And how did so
many get it so wrong? The question of the week, I suppose.
Joining us now to discuss, David Lebovitz, global strategist at J.P. Morgan
Asset Management, and Brian Rehling, co-head of global fixed income at
Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) Investment Institute.
David, can this rally continue or is it time for a little breather here?
DAVID LEBOVITZ, J.P. MORGAN ASSET MGMT GLOBAL MARKET STRATEGIST: So, I
wouldn`t be surprised to see this rally take a breather. I think there`s a
still a lot of uncertainty around what President-elect Trump`s policies
Obviously, stocks have been rallying on the idea of higher infrastructure
spending, you know, decreased regulation, that all sounds very good. But
the proof will be in the pudding. We need to get a better sense what his
policies are going to look like in order for this rally to be extended.
So, I wouldn`t be surprised to see stocks, interest rates, take a breather,
settle at the levels they`re currently sitting at, and await more
information. I mean, that`s really the missing piece to this puzzle.
MATHISEN: Brian, let`s get some thoughts on bonds. What is the bond
BRIAN REHLING, WELLS FARGO INVESTMENT INSTITUTE: Well, the bond market is
reacting to all the factors that are occurring in the equity markets. So,
both — when people buy equities, they tend to sell bonds, in simplistic
terms. But also on the fiscal outlook, if we get more fiscal spending, we
could see growth rates and also inflation increase. That`s a negative for
And also on the trade policies, if we have less global trade, we`ll have to
buy more things here within the U.S., and that would tend to raise prices,
raise inflation. Inflation is not what you want to see if you`re a bond
So, there`s a lot of nervousness in the bond market, that`s why you see the
selling. But there`s not a lot of specifics. So, I do think we`re close
to an end to that selling as we await more specifics.
MATHISEN: Which is sort of a code, Brian, I supposed for saying you think
it may be a little overdone here. You know, a lot of people have piled
into bonds. Are they ready for what higher interest rates might mean to
the total return on bonds and to the value of their shares or their bonds
REHLING: Well, if you look at bonds in a portfolio context, if your bonds
have not been doing as well, your equities are probably doing better as of
late. So, they`re doing what they`re supposed to do, diversify. Also, if
you`re thinking of buying bonds and holding them to maturity, that income
stream is still good, will still get you the income that you thought. So,
there`s no change there.
But in a total return perspective, bonds alone — yes, a lot of the
policies Trump outlined could increase growth, increase inflation, in
general that could be bad for a bond-only holder.
MATHISEN: David, back to you on stocks, we`ve seen already some of the
sectors that have bend or are responding positively to the prospect of the
Trump presidency. And some that have reacted negatively. Do you think
that`s what we`re going to see going forward, certain sectors doing very
well? And talk to me a little bit about technology and why it`s not doing
LEBOVITZ: So, I think there are a couple of things going on. First,
again, I wouldn`t be surprised to see this rally take a bit of a pause. It
has been the more cyclical names, the materials, the industrials, the
financials, which have led this rally, whereas utilities, telecom, consumer
staples, the more defensive parts of the market have been lagging.
Now, that stands in sharp contrast to what we saw during the first few
months of this year when this defensive high dividend, low volatility names
were really the name of the game if you will.
So, do I expect the cyclical leadership to continue? I think as long as
the information we get on what the actual policies will be is in line with
expectations — yes, I think cyclicals could continue to outperform. And I
would add on top of that, from a valuation standpoint, they look far more
attractive than the more defensive sectors.
On technology, you know, technology is being pushed down, given concerns
about what trade agreements may look like going forward. But what I would
say the thing to keep in mind about technology is, if we think back to
2015, when we were in a moderate economic growth environment, a little bit
of inflation, tech names performed very well, because they have the ability
to grow avenues, they have the ability to grow earnings kind of regardless
of what the broader macroeconomic backdrop is.
So, I wouldn`t dismiss the tech names yet. I think that there`s still some
MATHISEN: David, thank you very much for helping us tonight. Brian,
thanks to you as well. We appreciate your insight and your time.
LEBOVITZ: Thanks for having me.
MATHISEN: All right. What does a Trump administration mean for the Federal
Reserve, as we talk about interest rates?
Steve Liesman assesses the landscape.
STEVE LIESMAN, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: The election of a
new president has thrown open questions about the Federal Reserve, ranging
from rate policy to personnel. The first hint that Donald Trump could
surprise the world by being elected president on Tuesday evening sent the
chance of a December rate hike plunging.
It`s stabilized at lower level the next day and has now come back to be
around 63 percent. That`s just about where it was when markets thought
Hillary Clinton was likely to be elected.
Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker today joined other Fed officials in
saying the election officials have not changed his view, but the case for
raising rates is relatively strong.
Almost certainly that sense come from a pretty positive stock market
reaction to the election. A Dow Jones nosedive could have changed the
outlook for a Fed hike. Another area of interest is whether the president-
elect will respect the Fed`s independence.
Trump accused the Fed and Fed Chair Janet Yellen of keeping rates low to
help his opponent, levying harsh criticism at the Central Bank.
Some Fed officials, they felt the need since the election to emphasize the
value of independent Fed.
JOHN WILLIAMS, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF SF PRES.: One of the lessons from,
you know, 100 years of central banking is that independent central banks
tend to perform better, keep inflation low, and that`s something that, you
know, most countries, the most successful countries have accepted as the
U.S. So, from my perspective, you know, that`s the most important thing,
for the Fed to continue to have the ability to make the monetary policy
decisions that are best for the long run.
LIESMAN: Trump economic adviser David Malpass said in an interview this
morning that the Fed is independent but didn`t quite stop there.
DAVID MALPASS, PRES .ELECT TRUMP ADVISOR: The issue, though, is their
performance has not been good. We`ve had a really slow growth economy.
And so, the question is, will they look inside and see that they`re part of
LIESMAN: President Trump will be able to put a large imprint on the Fed in
the months and years ahead. Yellen`s term is up in February 2018. And two
Fed governorships are vacant now. That means he`ll be able to appoint at
least three of the seven members of the board of governors, along with any
other governors who might resign.
The unknown question: now that he`s president, does he want higher rates,
or like many who held the Oval Office before him, prefer rates as low as
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Steve Liesman.
MATHISEN: The lobbying of the Trump administration has begun already. The
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents the major car
makers, sent a letter to Trump`s transition team, urging the president-
elect to rework fuel economy standards, among other things. Those fuel
mandates could cost the industry billions.
Well, the transition has begun, of course. President Obama and President-
elect Trump met face-to-face for the first time at the White House today to
discuss policy and life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
John Harwood joins us from Washington.
John, good evening. How did the meeting go?
JOHN HARWOOD, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: It went very well.
President-elect Trump and President Obama were cordial with one another.
They said all the things that the country and the markets wanted to hear
about a smooth and peaceful transition. This is just the beginning of it,
of course. But they continued the spirit of what Donald Trump expressed on
election night, what President Obama expressed yesterday, and I think
that`s as much as we can hope for, especially given the fact that Donald
Trump is somebody who is taking direct aim at core elements of President
Obama`s legacy. If they can work together in that atmosphere, that says
MATHISEN: And the transition from George W. Bush to Mr. Obama went
presumably pretty doggone well.
There was another meeting today, or a couple of them up on Capitol Hill,
really almost equally sort of propitious, I suppose, between the president-
elect, the speaker, Mr. Ryan, and the majority leader of the Senate, Mr.
What do we know about those meetings?
HARWOOD: Tyler, that`s one of the unique things about this campaign, is
that President-elect Trump had a relationship as strained with leaders of
his party, both Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, that we`ve seen. They kept
their distance. He criticized them, especially Paul Ryan, called him weak
and ineffective during the campaign.
But now, they`re going to work together and try to figure out what parts of
his agenda and their agenda they can cooperate on. I think Paul Ryan is
very hopeful in particular on tax reform, tax cuts, and Donald Trump wants
help on immigration. And we will see how they end up.
But they had a smooth meeting today. They had lunch at the Capitol Hill
Club, which is a Republican gathering spot in Washington, adjacent to the
national committee. And again, not a lot of substance emerged but
cordiality was the rule.
MATHISEN: How — quickly, how big a figure will Mr. Pence be in working
HARWOOD: I think a very significant one. One of the things about Donald
Trump is that he has not served if government before. Mike Pence has, in
particular on Capitol Hill, before becoming a governor. And I think he`s
going to exploit his ties with House Republicans to try to mend parts of
the relationship that at times has been strained.
MATHISEN: All right. John, thanks very much. John Harwood in Washington.
Up next, mouse trapped. Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) missed Wall Street`s
target. We`ll tell you what`s dragging down Mickey, Mini and the crew.
MATHISEN: The Dow component and widely-held stock Disney (NYSE:DIS) missed
expectations in its latest quarter. The media company earned $1.10 a
share. That was a full six cents below estimates on just over $13 billion
in revenue. That was below a year ago, and Wall Street wanted $13.5
billion. Shares initially fell after hours following the news but then
Julia Boorstin tells us what is hampering Disney (NYSE:DIS).
JULIA BOORSTIN, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Media giant Disney
(NYSE:DIS) reported a rare miss of the analysts` expectations of revenue
and earnings. The company attributing the miss in part to an extra week in
its prior year, skewing this year`s numbers, with the biggest impact on the
company`s cable network business. That division and ESPN in particular
were in focus in light of growing concerns about the health of the TV
bundle. Cable network revenue`s dropped 7 percent in the quarter and
operating income dropped 13 percent in the quarter. Dragging on the
division: lower advertising and affiliate revenue and higher programming
and production costs due to lower ratings and declining subscribers.
ESPN is certain to be a hot topic for CEO Bob Iger on the company`s
earnings call and for Disney (NYSE:DIS) for years to come.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Julia Boorstin in Burbank, California.
MATHISEN: MetLife (NYSE:MET) launches its largest share buyback ever, and
that is where we begin tonight`s “Market Focus”.
The nation`s largest life insurer said its board has approved a $3 billion
share repurchase program. Earlier this year, the company suspended
buybacks to focus on spinning off a part of its life insurance unit, a move
that could be completed by early next year. Shares today up nearly 5
percent at $53.74.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) said it will sell $5 billion to $8 billion worth
of assets and cut its capital budget by 4 percent next year. The energy
giant said moves like this will help it to become profitable when Brent oil
prices are at $50 a barrel. The company also launched a $3 billion share
buyback. Shares were down nevertheless, 2 percent, $44.78.
Shares of Fitbit rallied today following unconfirmed reports the maker of
the fitness devices received a takeover offer. According to a regulatory
filing, China-based ABM Capital proposed to buy the company for $12.50 a
share. But Fitbit denies receiving any communication or a bid from any
firm. Fitbit shares nevertheless up 3 percent at $8.86.
A robust back to school shopping season lifted profit and sales of Kohl`s
(NYSE:KSS). The department store retailer also reaffirmed its outlook for
the year, and increased its share repurchase plan to $2 billion. Shares
popped 11.5 percent at $50.97.
So, what does big business think, really think about a Trump
administration? It defends on who you asked, I guess.
Today in “New York Times (NYSE:NYT)” Deal Book Conference, some of the
nation`s top executives weighed in.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SCHMIDT: I think we should congratulate the next president of the United
States. It`s a significant achievement. Think about, think about most
people did not expect this outcome. And it`s a pretty amazing story.
MARK BERTOLINI, AETNA CEO: Of all the possible outcomes that could have
happened in the election, this one wasn`t even on the sheet. And every
time somebody brings up and said, what if the Republicans sweep? Get out
of the room, that`s not even — so we started with a fresh piece of paper
yesterday, we had no idea how to approach it.
LLOYD BLANKFEIN, GOLDMAN SACHS CHAIRMAN & CEO: Of course I imagined that
he could win. I did not think it was a high probability. But if you told
that he was going to win, I would have told you there would have been a
rally in the equity markets.
ROGER GOODELL, NFL COMMISSIONER: Our country has to have more respect for
one another. We have to unite. And I saw some very positive signs of that
yesterday with our current president, Hillary Clinton`s comments publicly,
and others coming together and saying, we have to get together, we have to
unite, we have to address some of the issues and work together.
President-elect Trump is our president. So, let`s get behind him.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MATHISEN: So, how much money might Donald Trump`s proposed tax plan save
you? Find out next.
MATHISEN: President-elect Trump has proposed one of the biggest tax cuts
for the wealthy in recent history, while also giving smaller breaks to the
Robert Frank breaks down how much money Trump`s plan would put in people`s
ROBERT FRANK, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump`s tax
plan would put an average of $2,900 a year back into the pockets of average
American taxpayers. The highest earners get the biggest cuts both in
dollar and percentage terms. Trump has touted his plan as a way to
simplify the tax code and put more spending into the private sector.
So, the biggest change he`s proposing is to cut the seven current tax rates
down to three. It would be 12 percent, 25 percent, and 33 percent.
Companies get a big cut too — the corporate tax rate going from 35 to 15
percent. For those who own their own companies or have partnerships, Trump
would allow them to use that 15 percent rate for their personal income tax
He would also eliminate the estate tax which currently applies to estates
worth more than $10 million. And he would cut the capital gains tax.
So, what does it all mean in dollar terms? Well, if you add in all those
tax provisions together, the bottom quintile earns get extra $110 or less
than 1 percent of their income. Middle earners get a cut of 2 percent or
about a thousand bucks. And the top 1 percent get a cut of 13.5 percent or
$214,000 a year. And the top 0.1 percent get a cut of more than 14
percent, giving them an extra $1,066,000 per year.
Trump`s plan is similar to that put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan, so it
has a good chance of becoming law. And all that extra cash totaling
trillions a year could go to consumer spending, investing or saving.
If there is a price, the Tax Policy Center saying Trump`s plan would add up
to $6 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Robert Frank.
MATHISEN: And finally, Susan Li looks at taxing your sugar intake.
SUSAN LI, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: The pop and fizz of soda
might be getting more expensive as more cities considered taxing sugary
drinks. The latest, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs in Cook County, a
population of 5 million.
The county`s board is proposing a penny an ounce tax on cola, sports
drinks, iced tea and energy drinks, and also for the first time, diet
sodas. Now, if approved it would be the latest to join six other cities
across America that have approved these so-called soda taxes. Four of
those cities voting in the levy this week, including in San Francisco.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it`s one way to decrease consumption of
something that in the end costs a lot more than that tax, because, you
know, diabetes is really expensive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t think we need to tax things we feel are
unhealthy. I think people should have the ability to make those types of
LI: But the soda tax has really worked. One example might be Mexico,
which introduced its soda tax nationwide in 2014. In a research study
published by medical journal “BMJ”, during the first year of its act,
purchases of sugary drinks fell 6 percent on average each month and
reductions were higher among the lower income household which had to suffer
the highest levels of obesity.
Industry group said the cost of the drinks will increase the cost of these
drinks by 20 percent. The Cook County Coalition Against Beverage Taxes
supports this, saying that “we remain very concerned that a beverage tax
will directly affect working families and small businesses. If this tax
passes, consumers will pay more and get less freedom.”
Meantime, the world`s largest drink makers say soda levies are not about
nutrition at all.
INDRA NOOYI, PEPSICO CHAIRMAN & CEO: Soda taxes are there to balance
budget. It`s got nothing to do with public health issues. If you look at
across every one of the jurisdictions, everybody had a budget problem. And
everybody, you see taxes coming in, it`s because of budget issues.
LI: Beverage makers like PepsiCo are also changing their recipes to slash
the calorie count. PepsiCo says that at least two-thirds of the company`s
beverages will contain 100 calories or less for a 12-ounce serving in less
than a decade. Cook County`s vote will be the biggest test yet on the
government`s intervention to regulate ones` sugar intake.
Now, if the ballot gets approved, it would add another city on a growing
list of places across America that wants to tax your consumption choices.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Susan Li.
MATHISEN: Thanks for watching, everybody. We`ll see you back here
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