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  1. Musk is no longer the richest person on earth
  2. Goldman sees these sluggish stocks gaining some ground – Read Now
  3. Clothing giant Inditex reported slowing quarterly sales growth

Poor As A Church Musk

Poor As A Church Musk

What’s Going On Here?

Data out this week showed Elon Musk has been dethroned as the world’s richest person.

What Does This Mean?

Once upon a time, Elon Musk was worth a cool $340 billion, but it's been a rough year for the love-him-or-hate-him tycoon. Central banks around the world have hiked interest rates like there's no tomorrow, which hit high-flying  companies like Tesla particularly hard. After all, the value of any stock is the value of its future earnings discounted back to today, and those earnings – which Musk's companies are all about – drop when interest rates rise. That’s helped topple Musk's fortune by over $100 billion since January, leaving him with a measly net worth of $164 billion – poor guy. And now that Musk’s poor as a church mouse, French magnate Bernard Arnault has claimed the title of “World’s Richest Person”. Arnault owns about half of the luxury fashion house LVMH, and his empire's surfed a wave of strong post-pandemic demand for highfalutin goods, bringing the Lord of Luxury’s fortune to a staggering $171 billion.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming in: Home is where the Hermès is.
You might assume that it's jet-owning, penthouse-dwelling socialites driving the luxury boom, but that’s not the whole story. According to Morgan Stanley, record numbers of young adults are living at home with Mom and Pops these days, and they’re snapping up premium goods left, right, and center. Not paying rent means they’ve got cash to burn on tempting, big-label treats – but that’s got to feel like a poor tradeoff when bedtime rolls around.

The bigger picture: Decreasing increases.
Tech billionaires will probably buy themselves some high-end treats this week too, as they celebrate the news that pesky rate hikes are finally easing up. Sure, the Federal Reserve increased rates to their highest level since 2007 on Wednesday, but that 0.5-percentage-point increase was a slowdown from the last four hikes of 0.75.

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Here Are The Stock Stragglers That Look Poised To Start Sprinting

Here Are The Stock Stragglers That Look Poised To Start Sprinting

By Luke Suddards, Analyst

Maybe some of the stocks that have been sluggish all year have actually been conserving their energy for a new year sprint

That’s the idea, anyway, behind what Goldman Sachs calls the “laggards” trade, where a prior year’s stock slowpokes tend to become leaders in the first quarter of the following year. 

It’s a pattern that’s held up in 13 of the past 20 years, even in the market’s down years.

And that’s today’s Insight: here are the stock stragglers that Goldman sees gaining ground.

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Finery Fared Fine

Finery Fared Fine

What’s Going On Here?

Clothing giant Inditex reported respectable quarterly results on Wednesday, after making eyes at big spenders all quarter.

What Does This Mean?

Inditex navigated this year’s tepid consumer spending pretty deftly, upping its prices to protect margins. And while some rivals joined a race to the bottom, Inditex focused more on high-rolling luxury shoppers instead, producing a raft of high-profit, high-fashion offerings. The titan had another trick up its sleeve too: trusty supply chains that let it get designs on store shelves at double time. That kind of worked, but the firm’s quarterly report showed the giant’s not completely invincible. Sure, sales grew by 11% versus the same time last year, but that’s down from 15% the quarter before – and sourcing costs grew even faster. Overall then, Inditex saw its net profit grow a middling 6% this quarter – good, but not amazing for the world’s biggest fashion retailer, whose brands include Zara, Bershka, and Massimo Dutti.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming in: Dreaming of a strike Christmas.
Analysts think Inditex’s cost pressures are set to weigh on the firm even more going forward. After all, Inditex has already been hit by a wave of strikes, including one on Black Friday in its biggest market, Spain. And since there are even more planned, that could thin out the firm’s festive results. But striking workers had better hope Inditex doesn’t copy its arch-rival H&M, which this month became the first European retailer to start laying off staff in a bid to cut costs.

Zooming out: Price turning point.
Higher costs are irking everyone right now, not just retail titans. But this week’s data suggested inflation’s easing in the US, and it seems that the UK is now following suit. Data out on Wednesday showed that British prices rose by 10.7% last month, lower than expected and a welcome cooldown after October’s 11.1% jump. With a little luck, then, the UK’s inflation might already have passed its peak.

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