1. Plug power stock chart–doubled in 6 days
Plug Power Chart Below $5 to $65
- Six companies made up almost one-fifth of trading Monday
- Most share volume is off-exchange for the first time ever
For a stark illustration of how dominant individual investors have become in U.S. equities, check out the proportion of volume happening in the tiniest stocks.
While it’s not unheard of to see a microcap like pet-medicine maker Zomedica Corp. top the most-active list with a billion shares traded, as it did Monday, it is notable when it and five other companies selling for less than $1 make up almost a fifth of overall volume. That also occurred yesterday, data compiled by Themis Trading LLC’s Joseph Saluzzi show.
For now, for the people making the trades, it’s working. The cheaper a company’s share price, the better its performance has been. On average, Russell 3000 stocks with price tags below $2 a share have surged almost 13% so far in 2021. Those with share prices below $5 are up close to 10%. That’s more than three times the gain experienced by stocks with share prices above $100.
3. Bank Stock valuations are still at Historically Low Valuations Versus S&P
Here’s a comparison of forward price-to-earnings ratios for “universal banks” as a group to that of the S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.23%, from D.A. Davidson senior research analyst David Konrad, going back to 2010:
4. YIELD CURVE STEEPENS.
As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, the yield curve has steepened more than 50 basis points (0.50%) since the summer low as investors began to price in higher economic growth and inflation, while the Federal Reserve has kept short-term rates anchored at zero.
5. U.S. has now administered 10 million Covid vaccine doses
The United States has administered more than 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, though there still remains a significant gap between the number of vaccines given and the 29.4 million doses that have now been delivered, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new milestone comes a day after the federal government announced new efforts to pick up the pace of vaccinations. The U.S. will no longer keep a reserve of second doses for the two-dose vaccines and advised states to expand vaccine eligibility to everyone age 65 and older and to those with underlying health conditions.
6. Yields and Dollar Index Rise as Stimulus Package Grows
Yields Surge As Stunned Traders Learn Biden To Propose Massive $2 Trillion StimulusBY TYLER DURDEN
7. US budget deficit up 60.7% in first 3 months of budget yea
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERyesterday
(AP) — The U.S. government’s deficit in the first three months of the budget year was a record-breaking $572.9 billion, 60.7% higher than the same period a year ago, as spending to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic surged while revenue declined.
The Treasury Department reported Wednesday that three months into the budget year, the deficit was $216.3 billion higher than the same October-December period a year ago.
The deficit reflects an 18.3% jump in outlays to $1.38 trillion, a record for the period, while revenues fell 0.4% to $803.37 billion. The red ink results from the difference between revenue collections and outlays.
For just the month of December, the deficit totaled a record $143.6 billion.
The shortfall for the 2020 budget year, which ended Sept. 30, climbed to an all-time high of $3.1 trillion. Beginning in the spring, Congress passed trillion-dollar-plus spending measures to combat the harm being done to the economy from a pandemic-induced downturn.
The recession, which has seen millions of Americans lose their jobs, has also meant a drop in tax revenues at a time when the demand on government support programs such as unemployment benefits and food stamps has risen.
The report showed that outlays in December were a record $489.7 billion, while receipts were $346.1 billion.
The spending figure did not include the $900 billion relief package Congress finally passed after months of wrangling because it was not signed into law until the end of the month. President Donald Trump delayed signing the bill, which he called a “disgrace,” because it included only $600 in direct payments to individuals.
President-elect Joe Biden has endorsed boosting the direct payments by another $1,400. He has said that higher amount will be included in another round of relief payments he will ask Congress to approve once he takes office on Jan. 20.
In addition to direct payments, the December relief bill extended two special unemployment benefit programs aimed at cushioning the pandemic’s blow. The unemployment benefits have totaled $80 billion from October through December, up from $5 billion during the same period in the last budget year.
The Congressional Budget Office has forecast that this year’s deficit will total $1.8 trillion and the deficit will remain above $1 trillion each year though 2030. The CBO forecast for this year was made before the December relief package was passed and also does not take into account any extra spending that Congress may pass after Biden takes office.
Nancy Vanden Houten, senior economist at Oxford Economics, forecast that this year’s deficit will hit at least $2.6 trillion, an estimate that assumes the stimulus checks will be boosted to a total of $2,000.
8. Majority of U.S. Home Markets Back in Maturing and Growing Phase of Long-Term Housing Market
John Burns Real Estate
9. NFIB Small Business Trends Report
The December 2020 NFIB Report: Imminent Tax Hikes Unsettle 2021’s Outlook-Chris Akins
10. These Motivational Tips Will Take Your Life To Next Level
aim higher, to always want to be better, to strive for success and most importantly to own the joy and happiness that comes with accomplishment. You remember the feeling you had when you bought your first rusty car, from the long-term savings from your first job. It was the best feeling, right? What about when you got your promotion at work because of the long hours you spent working overtime. When your start-up business finally picked up after months of strategizing and contracts, deals and partnership proposals began to pour in. When that girl you had pursued forever finally said yes, and you led her to the altar of the church in a colorful wedding.
Even if you cannot remember these instances, maybe because they have not happened yet, you can definitely imagine them. To get to the next level in life, you need to stay motivated, to be fired up for success.
The following motivational tips are guaranteed to take your life to the next level.
1. Be fearless, take risks
We always fear to fail and therefore we choose not to try something new. We’d rather stick to what we know. Take a risk, it creates new possibilities. If you risk nothing, you risk everything. Man was able to set foot for the first time on the moon even with the nagging thought that they might not return. Be fearless in your endeavors, years from now you do to want to regret that you did not act on a great business idea.
Fortune favors the brave. If you have to quit your job or end your education to chase a great idea and have the absolute conviction, your guts tell you that you can succeed, then, by all means, do it! It is this risk that great companies such as Microsoft and Facebook were built on.
2. Focus on training your focus
It is hard to achieve focus without the motivation allure of a reward or someone constantly monitoring your progress. You do not have to depend on an external factor to be motivated. Train keep everything in focus always, you will have to train your focus. You will not get to your next level in life without intense laser focus. The moment you walk out of your front yard, many things line up to steal your attention. You need to think about who you want to be not sometimes, not most of the time, every time.
The more you think about your next goal, the more ideas and plans you will develop for it. Take one goal at a time and throw the weight of your energy on it. When you achieve it, you will be more motivated to move on to the next challenge. The best way to train your focus is to condition your brain and your body to physical exercise. Do a twenty-minute meditation every evening to put your thoughts in line and take runs in the morning to improve brain power.
3. Work with the negatives
How many mistakes can you make in a day? What about a month? A year perhaps? All these are valuable motivational lessons, do not brush them aside and hide them. Look at the following examples;
- Some businesses have failed and run bankrupt so many times and still end up in magazines’ success stories.
- Some people have had terrible marriages that have ended up in a series of divorces, and yet they still get married and live happily until their old age.
It was never a matter of chance; these people learned what not to do to fail. Face failure and from that you can breed success. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. Embrace them, work with the negatives. They would take you closer to your next level in life.
4. Be honest with yourself
Everybody knows their true potential. When you are in the wrong place, you will know it. There’s always an inner voice that tells you, “I can do better than this,” I deserve better” Listen to that voice, be honest with yourself and pursue that which really matters to you. Most people who are dishonest with themselves get into the situations and fail to get out;
- They hate their jobs, and they continue to suffer in silence because they have to pay their bills. Your happiness is worth much more.
- They are in an abusive relationship, and they choose to be more tolerant. You are not helping anyone by growing a thick skin.
Own your life do not let somebody else own it for you. You know where you will be happy and what would make you happy. Do not be afraid to pursue it. Being honest with yourself will motivate you to do what satisfies you and makes you happy. It would put you on the next level of spiritual fulfillment and emotional wellbeing in your life.
5. Inspect your plans and strategies
Your goals may be just fine, but there may be a deficiency in the plans and strategies you formulate to get to the next level of success in your life. Constantly redesign your plans by making choices and decisions and then making amendments to your choices and decisions until your plans work. For instance;
- If you are a manager in a small business, you may need to make the decision of firing staff members that do not contribute to the success of the company and hire an additional
- If you are the head of a sales team, you may need to change your sales and marketing strategies to get more clients to buy your products and subscribe to your services.
- You may need to erase your entire network of friends and adopt those that help you achieve your goals. It’s not selfish. Everybody want what’s best for themselves.
Decisions like these are terrifying to make, but they are a significant motivational step towards success.
6. Step out of your comfort zone by accepting criticism
The best way to smoke yourself out of your comfort zone is to welcome critics in your life. It is motivational to surround yourself with people who point out your shortcomings instead of ‘yes men’ and ‘yes women’. The people to approach for constructive criticism are those who are have done what you are doing and have succeeded in the long run. It takes discipline to learn to accept criticism. You will turn out to be a more tenacious when you face obstacles and persistent in your ambitions. You will grow in character as a person, and that would enable you to reach the next level in your life.
7. Be unsatisfied with your current level accomplishments
2005, the co-founder of Apple- Steve Jobs, gave a commencement speech at Stanford University advising the students to stay hungry for success. The unsatisfactory nature of human beings is what has led to groundbreaking innovations; the advent of the steam engine that drove industrialization and the invention of the computer that has made life easier today. You should apply the same model to motivate you to achieve more. Challenge yourself, aspire to do greater things. The sky is not the limit; there are no limits. Stay hungry for success, and you will always move a level higher in the ladder of achievement.
8. Set high standards for yourself
If you set common goals, you will land at mediocre achievements. Most people don’t make a breakthrough in life because they failed to dream big. To a look at the following possibilities;
- Your single fast food joint could become a global franchise like MacDonald’s.
- Your medical research could become the next cure or vaccine for a terrible illness.
Think positively about your ambitions. Don’t give others people the power to control your thoughts and emotions. Anything can be achieved if you set your mind to it. When you set high standards for yourself you set high standards for your school, your workplace your society and humanity as a whole. Even if you do not reach them, you always fall somewhere better in between which will motivate you to try even harder. That is the real meaning of aiming for the stars to get to the moon. To set high standards also means thinking in the long term, setting long term goals and allowing for time to approve or disapprove them.
9. Take Continuous Action On Your Dreams
Once you have your plans set just right, it’s time to take action. Your plan should be to stick to the plan. This is the only secret that will get you to the next level in life, not words or thoughts but actions. This would require you to
- Organize your daily routines in the direction of your goals.
- Wake up with a schedule and mark the actions that you have already achieved as you go to sleep.
If your dream is to get published and become a renowned author, then you have to set up a time to read and write. Be consistent in your pursuit, do something daily and you will get to the next level in life.
10. Forget the Past, welcome the Future
Extra baggage from the past weighs you down emotionally. If you failed and you failed others too in the past, you need to forgive yourself so that you can see the possibilities of success ahead of you. Everybody makes bad choices and holding onto regret only draws you back. Get rid of anything from the past that isn’t useful to your life so that you can move on to your next level of accomplishment.
How would it feel like to get where you want to be? To get to the next level of accomplishment in your career, social life or personal growth, you should always chase that feeling. It is your sole responsibility to improve yourself. Get motivated today and take your life to the next level with these motivational tips. There is always a better you inside waiting to be awoken.
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