Double-Hurricane Hitting Gulf & California Dairy Cow Stress Decreases Output by 10% – Daily Financial News & Insights For Monday, August 24, 2020

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Markets were on the up and up on Monday ahead of the start of the Republican National Convention, where President Trump is expected to give four nights of speeches.

Stormy weather and wildfires are expected to impact a good portion of the country this week.

The Dow Jones jumped 1.4%, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 both hit record highs and were up 0.6% and 1% respectively. It also marked the first close above 3,400 for the S&P 500. The European Stoxx 600 was up 1.58% to open the week.

Apple shares rose 1.2% to hit another record high. Facebook gained 1.6% and Amazon got a 0.7% bump for the last week of August.

Alphabet saw a 0.6% gain, but as we publish Monday evening, it was just announced that Google Cloud is investing $100 million into AmWell, or American Well, as it was previously known. AmWell is one of the largest telehealth providers, and also is news, as they have committed to using Google Cloud to support their service as they head to an IPO. This is just after Teladoc merged with Livongo, a public company valued at $18.5 billion.

As we look at commodities, Bloomberg reports that dairy cow stress from the heat waves and now the fires, may result in a 10% decrease in output. “Put together, it could mean an output drop of about 10% for some milk producers, according to Jed Asmus, a dairy nutritionist for January Innovation Inc. That would equal as many as 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of milk lost per cow a day, he said.”

What is expected to be a busy hurricane season, the Gulf of Mexico is watching closely as hurricane’s Marco and Laura are rolling its way, where they’ll come ashore as hurricanes as soon as Monday. Almost 58% of crude output in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico production has been shut down as coastal cities evacuate and offshore rigs put on pause to get workers safely out of harm’s way. That said, West Texas Intermediate crude bumped up 0.2% to $42.41 a barrel, the first increase in a week.

Aside from the Republican National Convention, which could give signs of what to happen in November elections, investors will be focused this week on the Federal Reserve’s annual Economic Policy Symposium — typically held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but will be remote.

Gold dropped 0.7% to $1,927.26 an ounce, and Silver depreciated 1.3% to $26.45 per ounce, both being their weakest in more than a week.

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