Has the “Dogefather” ever been this popular?
(He’s actually not super popular with Tesla investors but more on that shortly).
Elon Musk has 54 million followers on Twitter and after sending this into the Twitterverse:
Nearly 4 million people voted one way or another, around 100,000 retweeted, and over 70% answered ‘yes’ to the provocative question. Dogecoin’s price shot skyward immediately.
Musk is riding a tsunami of popularity after co-hosting Saturday Night Live, he took us further inside his remarkable mind during a wide ranging chat with the Wall Street Journal.
The 49-year old didn’t hold back in describing what’s wrong with business in the US.
“I think there might be too many MBA’s (Master of Business Administration) running companies. There should be focus on the product and service itself.”
He has no interest in companies purely focusing on profit, board meetings and spreadsheets.
“Why even have companies? A company has no value in and of itself. It only has value, to degree that is, being an effective allocator of resources to create goods and services that are of greater value than the costs of the inputs.”
Musk is adamant we can all develop a ‘product mindset’ like his.
There are a number of steps involved with one constant “step number one would be try. Have you tried? Have you tried hard? And if you haven’t tried hard, try harder. I think it is learnable. It’s not some mysterious thing.”
Now back to those angry investors. Tesla has had a bad recent run of PR in China and sales have been hit.
Last month Tesla was the target of protestors at China’s biggest auto show in Shanghai after owners vented their fury following problems with their cars.
These aren’t insignificant challenges but you get the feeing it won’t keep the new Texas resident up at night.
His focus is very clear “the two biggest things that I’ve got going on right now are the starship development in South Texas” and Tesla’s Gigafactory site near Berlin that’s just been approved.
Following Musk’s every move and motive is tricky, but you can guarantee one thing, wherever he directs his energy he is going to try very, very hard.
President Biden cancels another $1 billion in student loans
President Joe Biden’s administration will cancel another $1.2 billion in student loans.
This move comes as part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to addressing the financial challenges faced by many Americans in the realm of higher education.
The cancellation will primarily impact borrowers who were defrauded by for-profit colleges and those who attended schools that have since closed.
The new wave of relief applies to people enrolled in a repayment program known as SAVE and covers those who borrowed less than 12-thousand-dollars and have been repaying the money for at least 10 years.
Tooth fairy paying less for lost teeth linked to high inflation
Even the tooth fairy is feeling the pinch of high inflation, according to a recent survey conducted by insurer Delta Dental.
The survey revealed that the average amount of cash left under children’s pillows by the tooth fairy (read: parents) dropped to $5.84 in 2023, marking a 6% decrease from the previous year’s average of $6.23.
This decline represents the first drop in tooth fairy payouts since 2018.
Even the loss of a first tooth, which typically commands a higher reward, saw a decrease in average gift value. Last year, the average gift for losing a first tooth was $7.09, down from $7.29 in 2022.
Tooth fairy generosity
The survey, which polled 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12, also found regional disparities in tooth fairy generosity.
Children in the western part of the United States received the highest average payouts, with lost teeth fetching an average of $8.54 in 2023, a notable 37% increase from the previous year.
In contrast, children in the Midwest experienced the sharpest decline in tooth fairy payouts, with the value of lost teeth plummeting by 36% to $3.63.
Similarly, children in the South saw a 16% decrease, with the average tooth fetching $5.51 compared to $6.59 in 2022.
The survey noted that the tooth fairy’s gifts historically correlated with the performance of the S&P 500, but this trend deviated in the past two years.
In 2022, despite an 18% decline in the S&P 500, the tooth fairy set a record high with an average gift of $6.23.
Conversely, in 2023, while the tooth fairy’s payouts decreased, the S&P 500 rebounded with a 24% gain, reflecting the resilience of the economy amidst challenges such as high interest rates and soaring inflation.
The survey results indicate that even the whimsical tradition of tooth fairy visits is not immune to the economic realities faced by households in an inflationary environment. As families navigate financial pressures, even the small joys of childhood may feel the impact of broader economic trends.
Stocks jump to record close as Nvidia sparks AI frenzy
The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both surged to close at record highs on Thursday, fueled by a wave of investor enthusiasm for growth and technology stocks following Nvidia’s stellar earnings report and bullish outlook on artificial intelligence chip demand.
Nvidia’s shares (NVDA.O) skyrocketed after the chip designer projected a nearly three-fold increase in first-quarter revenue, citing robust demand for its AI chips.
The company’s performance surpassed expectations for fourth-quarter revenue, underscoring its position as a leader in the AI market.
The success of Nvidia’s earnings served as a litmus test for the AI-driven rally on Wall Street, particularly after the S&P 500 breached the 5,000-point milestone earlier this month.
Analysts had warned of a potential sell-off in technology stocks if Nvidia’s results fell short. However, the market responded with a surge, propelling both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs.
Unofficial closing data revealed that the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 456.54 points, or 1.18%, to 39,068.78, while the S&P 500 gained 105.14 points, or 2.11%, to 5,086.94.
The Nasdaq Composite also saw significant gains, adding 460.75 points, or 2.96%, to 16,041.62.
Jack Janasiewicz, lead portfolio strategist at Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, humorously remarked, “As Nvidia goes, so goes the world,” highlighting the company’s influence on market sentiment. Janasiewicz emphasized that Nvidia’s strong earnings dispelled doubts about the sustainability of the AI trade, suggesting further potential for growth.
Nvidia’s market capitalisation surge on Thursday surpassed Meta Platform’s historic $196 billion gain earlier in the month, solidifying its position as a market leader in AI technology.
Maintain its position
Market analysts predict that the S&P 500 will maintain its position above the 5,000 mark throughout the year, according to a Reuters poll.
Most sectors within the S&P 500 experienced gains, with technology stocks leading the charge.
The S&P 500 growth index recorded its largest daily percentage gain since November 2022.
In addition to Nvidia, other companies poised to benefit from the AI boom saw notable increases in their stock prices.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.O), Super Micro Computer (SMCI.O), and Arm Holdings all experienced significant jumps.
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