Musk Says This Automaker, Not Saudis, Saved Tesla From Brink Of Bankruptcy In 2009 With ‘Crucial’ $50M Investment

Tesla CEO Elon Musk credited German carmaker Daimler AG with saving the EV giant in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis when it was on the brink of bankruptcy. What Happened: Musk revealed on X, formerly Twitter, that Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler invested $50 million into Tesla in May 2009, providing crucial funding during the financial crisis. “Daimler’s $50M investment in May 2009 was the crucial money that saved Tesla,” Musk stated. “We would have bounced payroll one month later.” This clarification … Read more…

Stocks & Bonds, Oil & Water – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) September finished off with the S&P 500 losing 4.9%, dragging the index down for the year, from 20% up to finish the third quarter up 12%. Treasuries have continued their torrid pace, edging upward, pushing the 10-year note up to 4.8%, giving equities ‘a hard road to hold.’ As Treasuries remain strong, attracting serious capital from investors and traders, the stock market interest wanes, unable to sustain upward moves. … Read more…

The Dizzy Bull – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) After three weeks of mixed to negative markets, Monday began and ended on a somewhat positive note, led by the ever aggressive tech-minded Nasdaq Composite, up 206 points. The 10-year Treasury stayed strong, reaching 4.34%, up from Friday’s close of 4.25%. As investors and traders look for higher yields, shunning stocks, markets struggle to stay above water. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey, also Friday, is expected to … Read more…

Battling The Skirmishes – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) The S&P 500 just finished its worst three week loss cycle since March 2023, with the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average following lower. High techs (and high flyers) led the losers, as the sell-off spared no sectors. For the year the Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 have surged ahead 27% and 13% respectively, while in September both have fallen 5.4% and 3.8%, stunning numbers and hopefully … Read more…

Bond Market Sizzles – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) Last week finished on a ‘sour note,’ as the high techs lost steam on Friday, jolting the indexes lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 289 points while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite declined slightly, 1.2% and 1.6% respectively; (for the week the Dow Jones was positive). As the market opened Monday, the bond market swept stocks aside, as Treasuries were ‘supreme,’ hitting a 16 year high, attracting … Read more…

The Resilient Consumer – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) The Giants Dragged The Market Lower…Last week both Nvidia and Apple suffered heavily. After Nvidia’s skyrocketing performance upon extremely good earnings for the quarter, the stock dropped 6% in two sessions as profit taking took a toll. Apple fell over 6% in two sessions after a dethroning, as China’s government mandated central government’ officials stop using the iPhone, with more levels of government to be curtailed in the future. … Read more…

Still Wavering – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) “Higher oil prices, higher inflation, higher rates for longer. That’s the tightrope that we’re walking right now,” spoken by Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank. The U.S. investor is facing a multitude of negative ‘darts,’ trying to dissect what to invest in, in this troublesome market environment. Oil continues to notch higher, finishing at $86.50 on Tuesday and near $90.00 on Wednesday, up consistently for 9 … Read more…

Looking Sideways – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) “Proceed Carefully”…..words of caution, spoken by Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chair, at the ‘hallowed’ meeting of the Federal Reserve presidents from sectors in the United States, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Referring to the path of increases, Mr. Powell chose his words carefully, leaving the rate hike topic on ‘the table,’ but ready, giving the market little solace. It is a ‘strong-bet’ that inflation has throttled back. Mr. Powell will … Read more…

The Dizzy Bull – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) After three weeks of mixed to negative markets, Monday began and ended on a somewhat positive note, led by the ever aggressive tech-minded Nasdaq Composite, up 206 points. The 10-year Treasury stayed strong, reaching 4.34%, up from Friday’s close of 4.25%. As investors and traders look for higher yields, shunning stocks, markets struggle to stay above water. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey, also Friday, is expected to … Read more…

Treasuries Rule – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) The earnings parade continues this week as some leading retailers headline quarterly results. Home Depot, Target, TJX and Walmart will be reporting, giving investors and traders a pulse of the coming market. Also due up is the July retail sales report, coming Tuesday morning. Wednesday afternoon the Fed will release its minutes from the July meeting. A strong advance by the tech sector nudged the market higher Monday. Bond … Read more…