Soaring diesel prices put pressure on truck drivers, farmers and consumers
New York (AP) — Soaring diesel prices are driving the cost of everything from groceries to Amazon orders to furniture. In fact, almost everything, whether delivered by truck, train or ship, uses diesel fuel. Truck drivers have turned down trucking jobs in states where diesel is the most expensive. They choose lighter loads and, in some cases, work longer to compensate for fuel cost losses. Farmers who harvest hay and plant corn on diesel-powered tractors earn thousands of dollars a week. And many of these high costs are passed on to consumers.
Wall Street closes higher and increases profits after a big rally
New York (AP) — Wall Street was added to the day’s significant rise early Wednesday as more US corporate earnings reports arrived. The S & P 500 rose 0.6% the day after it rose 2.8% on the highest day of the week. Nasdaq led the market with a profit of 1.6%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added a more modest 0.2%. The revenue reporting season for major companies is accelerating, with more industry types providing details on how high inflation and the potential for recession are affecting customers. It all depends on their ability to continue to generate healthy profits.
Can green hydrogen save the coal town and delay climate change?
Utah Delta (AP) — A Utah countryside developer who wants to create a large underground cave to store hydrogen received a $ 504 million federal loan approval this spring. They plan to convert the 40-year-old coal-fired power plant site to cleanly produced hydrogen by 2045. The seasonal storage project is a reliable, carbon-free supply. .. Future energy. In Utah, he gained support throughout the political spectrum. Authorities hope that efforts to switch power plants to clean hydrogen could offset unemployment in the declining coal industry.
Tesla’s second quarter profits are down from first quarter, but the company is above estimates
Detroit (AP) — Tesla’s second-quarter profits fell 32% from record first-quarter levels. In fact, supply chain problems and pandemic outages in China have slowed production of electric vehicles. But the Austin, Texas-based company surprised Wall Street with net income of $ 2.26 billion this quarter. Tesla has stuck to forecasting 50% annual car sales growth over the next few years, but said it depends on supply chain, team capabilities, and other issues. Tesla’s April-June sales fell to 254,000 units, the lowest quarterly level since last fall. However, the company forecast record second-half production, saying June saw the highest production month in history.
US home sales declined in June as prices reached new highs
New York (AP) — Sales of formerly occupied homes in the United States slowed for the fifth straight month in June as many home seekers remained on the sidelines due to rising mortgage rates and rising prices. The National Association of Real Estate Agents said Wednesday that sales of existing homes fell 5.4% from May last month, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.12 million. According to FactSet, this is less than economists expected. Sales were down 14.2% from June last year. Since June 2020, near the beginning of the pandemic, sales are currently declining at the slowest pace. Excluding the pandemic slowdown, June sales grew at the slowest pace since January 2019. Median national home prices in June rose 13.4% year-on-year to $ 416,000.
United Airlines second quarter profit of $ 329 million fails to meet Wall Street target
Chicago (AP) —United Airlines says its latest quarterly profit was $ 329 million, thanks to vacationers filling the plane. However, United’s second-quarter earnings were lower than Wall Street’s expectations. The airline has blamed the higher than expected jet fuel prices because of the failure. United said it will continue to have strong earnings trends in the third quarter, with numbers showing rising average fares. United said it earned $ 1.43 per share in the second quarter. Analysts were looking for $ 1.85 per share.
CSX Revenues 5% Even With Continued Delivery Delays
Omaha, Nebraska (AP)-CSX recorded slightly better earnings in the second quarter. That’s despite the fact that the volume was stable and the railroad was struggling to hire, so it was still struggling to handle all the freight companies that wanted to ship. Revenues increased 5% to $ 1.18 billion, or 54 cents per share, according to the Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad. That’s up from $ 1.17 billion a year ago, or 52 cents per share. Without a single profit, the railroad would have earned 50 cents per share. The result exceeded Wall Street expectations. CEO Jim Foote said CSX needed more employees and couldn’t meet all transportation demand, but hiring is difficult.
Inflation rate in the UK reached 9.4%, the highest in 40 years
London (AP) — UK inflation has accelerated to a new 40-year high, boosted by rising food and fuel prices that have contributed to the cost of living crisis. The National Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday that consumer prices rose 9.4% over the year from 9.1% last month to June. The new numbers are the highest since 1982, when inflation peaked at 11%. Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said Tuesday that he is likely to consider raising interest rates by 0.5 percentage points at the next meeting to help control inflation. Banks raised their key rate by a quarter point to 1.25% last month.
The S & P 500 rose 23.21 points (0.6%) to 3,959.90. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 47.79 points (0.2%) to 31,874.84. Nasdaq added 184.50 points, or 1.6%, to 11,897.65. The Russell 2000 Small Business Index closed at 1,827.95, down 28.62 points (1.6%).