Fly Charts: Apple’s Changing Business and Trump’s OPEC Spat

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Losing Lift

It’s past time for Apple to acknowledge how its business has changed, and to explain
what that means.

Sources: Bloomberg and Nomura Instinet (for 2018 and 2019 estimates)

Excessive Restraint

It’s unclear what President Trump can or will do about it, but OPEC’s push for higher oil prices is a risky game.

Source: OPEC, Bloomberg gadfly analysis

We’ll Take It

GE deserves a round of polite applause for having beaten some dramatically lowered
earnings expectations.

Source: Bloomberg, RBC, Stifel, Cowen

Jobs for the Boys

“Tammie Jo Shults is commercial aviation’s latest hero. So why aren’t there more pilots like her?”

Source: International Society of Women Air Pilots, Gadfly calculations

And don’t miss Nir Kaissar on the SEC’s broker boon: “While the DOL could still appeal the Fifth Circuit’s decision, it’s widely assumed the SEC’s proposed rules will ultimately replace the DOL’s fiduciary rule, which makes some sense. For one, the SEC is better suited to regulate financial firms than the DOL. And the DOL can only regulate retirement accounts, whereas SEC rules would apply to all investment accounts.  

“It’s hard to imagine a better outcome for brokers. By requiring them to look out for clients’ best interests, the SEC is effectively requiring them to give financial advice. That conveniently distinguishes them from online brokers and should let them keep charging premium fees for their services. At the same time, the SEC stops short of imposing a fiduciary standard on brokers, which means they can keep their kickbacks if they disclose them to clients.”

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