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Got Whiplash From the Volatility? Breaking Down Burlington, Tesla and Trade War

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Happy almost-Friday!

Jim Cramer is off, so filling in is Jeff Marks, senior portfolio analyst with Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust.

Marks will be weighing in on market volatility, the U.S.-China trade war, Burlington's (BURL) - Get Burlington Stores Inc. Report quarter and Tesla's (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Report newest venture--insurance.

Got Whiplash?

There have been a lot of trade headlines in the past week. So, here's a quick, summarized breakdown of the biggest trade headlines.

  • On Friday, August 24, China said that it was retaliating with its own tariffs and then Trump retaliated with a tweet "ordering" U.S. companies to move outside of China.
  • Then, on Monday, August 26, Trump said that he was having "second thoughts" about escalating the trade war.
  • This followed Trump saying that there had been phone calls with the Chinese, which the Chinese denied.
  • And then this morning, Thursday, August 29, China said it won't immediately retaliate to the tariffs.

Breaking Down Burlington

Real Money Stock of the Day Burlington reported earnings before the bell Thursday morning.

The Burlington, New Jersey-based retailer posted adjusted earnings of $91.4 million, or $1.36 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had been expecting earnings of $1.14 a share.

Want Insurance With That?

Tesla is launching its own insurance company, called Tesla Insurance. 

The company believes that it will be able to offer insurance rates for Tesla owners up to 30% lower than other insurance providers.

Tesla has been working on the insurance offering for some time. CEO Elon Musk first revealed in the company's first-quarter earnings call in April that Tesla was developing an insurance product, claiming it would be "much more compelling than anything else out there."

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