I can't anymore with bitcoin: A recap of my last several hours: A quick power nap around 9 p.m. Awake at 10 p.m. to see bitcoin breaking through $14,000. Work. Another power nap around 3 a.m. Awake at 4 a.m. to see bitcoin breaking through $15,000. Spend the next few hours wondering just what is happening - Bitcoin has now skyrocketed 60% THIS MONTH. I'm reiterating my call that bitcoin will hit $20,000 before month's end as futures trading begins next week. Pumped to talk with CME Group (CME - Get Report) CEO Terry Duffy about this one (and other things) later Thursday. Interestingly, bitcoin plays such as Nvidia (NVDA - Get Report) have fallen with the crypto's latest push higher. Guess the broader rush out of high multiple tech names is winning out.
XOXO: Love me some of that Goldman Sachs 2018 investment outlook research note. Three calls from the giant report that stood out: (1) U.S. dollar could strengthen "significantly" thanks to rising interest rates; (2) European and Japanese stocks are better investments than U.S. stocks; (3) Consumer staples could get shafted by speed of online shopping adoption. Here's how to be thinking about stocks off Goldman's views: (1) multinationals such as PepsiCo (PEP - Get Report) could have their earnings weighed down by the rising dollar, triggering a reset of Wall Street estimates; (2) Tiffany & Co (TIF - Get Report) , which has solid exposure to Europe and Japan (and U.S.), may be worth a look; and (3) avoid (or bet against) already struggling consumer staples names like Campbell Soup (CPB - Get Report) .
And then there is GE: General Electric (GE - Get Report) said Thursday that it will slash more than 2,000 jobs in Europe as part of a worldwide reduction in its workforce. Said reduction could reach 12,000 in an effort to cut costs by around $3.5 billion over the next two years. As some of you are aware, I had a chance to talk with new GE CEO John Flannery a couple weeks ago. Does the large job cut number surprise me? Nope, it doesn't based on what I took away from our conversation. Flannery has clearly articulated his plan to Wall Street and his team is in the process of executing a turnaround that will extend beyond 2018. It will be a painful turnaround, but a necessary one as Flannery remakes the industrial icon for future greatness.
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