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Tesla, Federal Reserve, Hyperloop and Oil

August 15, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Hyperloop, Oil, Tesla

The US stock market took a dive due to interest rate concerns.  The Dow closed down 225 points as interest rates rose; the 10 year Treasury yield is now 2.77%.  Digesting interest rate concerns will be a tough slog for the stock market moving forward.

Hyperloop design Image courtesy of Tesla

Hyperloop design
Image courtesy of Tesla

Tesla stock (TSLA) eked out a gain despite the slump on Wall Street.  TSLA closed at $139.67, up .22% on the day.  With rail projects being considered across the country, the Hyperloop must have caught the attention of many state and city transportation professionals.  It would not be that surprising to hear of interest to trial the technology outside of California.  After all, the Hyperloop could prove to be an enormous economic boost for states and cities willing to construct it.  California should consider itself lucky that Mr. Musk would even consider the LA – SF Hyperloop.

The oil market rose again today due to continued unrest in the Middle East.  News reports and photos from Egypt were disturbing with many dead from various clashes.  Bloomberg reported: “At least 525 people died, including police, and more than 3,700 were injured in yesterday’s violence, according to official tallies.  The Muslim Brotherhood, which backs Mursi and led the protests, said the death toll was many times higher.”  Brent oil has now climbed over $111 per barrel.

China is expected to be the largest net oil importer at the end of this year, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which necessitates that China have a strong currency to pay for the oil.  Certainly, China is not going to rely on the US Dollar forever.  When the Yuan freely floats on international currency exchanges, economic power will tilt to Asia.  China did sell US Treasuries in June.  Bloomberg reported: “China’s stake dropped by $21.5 billion in June, or 1.7 percent, to $1.276 trillion, according to Treasury Department data released yesterday.”

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