June 11, 2021
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Market Recap


For the week, the Dow lost -0.8% to close at 34,479.60, the S&P 500 edged up 0.4% to 4,247.44, and the Nasdaq gained 1.8%, closing at 14,069.42.


U.S. job openings surged by nearly one million to a new record high in April, while more people voluntarily left their employment, strengthening the view that a recent moderation in job growth was due to supply constraints.
 
Millions of unemployed Americans remain at home because of trouble securing childcare, generous unemployment benefits and lingering fears over COVID-19 even as vaccines are widely accessible and the pandemic is subsiding.
 
The trade deficit dropped 8.2% to $68.9 billion in April. The gap widened to a record $75.0 billion in March. Economists had forecast a $69.0 billion trade deficit. When adjusted for inflation, the goods trade deficit decreased $7.2 billion to $98.6 billion in April.
 
A record-low percentage of U.S. consumers believe now is a good time to buy a home, with worries about surging prices and a small supply of houses on the market outweighing improved sentiment about their jobs and income, a survey from home financing giant Fannie Mae showed on Monday.
 
Anti-poverty campaigners on Monday criticized a deal reached by seven wealthy countries to impose a minimum tax on multinational companies, saying it would benefit rich nations at the expense of the poor.
 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that President Joe Biden's $4 trillion spending plan would be good for the U.S., even if it contributes to rising inflation and results in higher interest rates.
 
Lawmakers in the House are working on drafts of five antitrust bills, four of them aimed directly at reining in Big Tech, and may introduce them within days, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
 
U.S. household wealth jumped to a record $136.9 trillion at the end of March, a report from the Federal Reserve showed on Thursday, suggesting plenty of dry tinder for economic growth as the coronavirus pandemic recedes and the nation reopens.
 
Applications to start new U.S. businesses rose in May as economic activity continued to accelerate. The data is derived from business applications for tax identifications.
 
The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Wednesday raised its growth expectations for U.S. retail sales in 2021 to between 10.5% and 13.5%, as the economy reopens at a more accelerated pace than previously predicted.
 
U.S. consumer prices rose solidly in May, leading to the biggest annual increase in nearly 13 years as a reopening economy boosted demand for travel-related services, while a global semiconductor shortage drove up prices for used motor vehicles.
 
So far, investors are not freaking out over a spike in U.S. inflation in the past two months, showing confidence that the Federal Reserve is handling a rebound in economic growth even as it leaves markets guessing about how it defines "transitory" when it talks about price increases.


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Friday Recap: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed with modest weekly gains,
while the Dow logged a slim loss.


Exxon Mobil Corp has lost two top crude oil traders from its U.S. energy trading group, according to people familiar with the matter, in a continued exodus from the group.
 
U.S. stock indexes were flat on Friday as focus turned to next week's Federal Reserve meeting, while technology and growth-exposed sectors gained after inflation data calmed fears over a long-term spike in consumer prices.
 
President Joe Biden's administration, under pressure from labor unions and U.S. senators including from his home state of Delaware, is considering ways to provide relief to U.S. oil refiners from biofuel blending mandates.
 
The 25 U.S. states calling an early halt to pandemic-related federal unemployment benefits have recovered more of the jobs lost during the crisis than other states, possibly limiting how much of a dent ending the weekly $300 payments will make in the national battle to fill record job vacancies.
 
The highlight of Friday's light data schedule was a larger-than-expected rebound in the June preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment index after a decline in May.
 
U.S. consumer sentiment rebounded in early June as inflation fears subsided and households grew more optimistic about future economic growth and employment.
 
Following this week's data, the New York Fed revised down its second-quarter GDP Nowcast growth estimate to 4.2% from 4.37% a week ago, while the St. Louis Fed lifted its estimate to 9.23% from 8.68%. The New York Fed also lowered its estimate of third-quarter growth to 5.29% from 5.43%.
 
Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday slammed American companies, including Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc and Nike Inc, for turning a blind eye to allegations of forced labor in China, arguing they were making American consumers complicit in Beijing's repressive policies.
 
General Mills Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Unilever PLC, and J.M. Smucker Co. are among food makers raising prices at supermarkets. Restaurants including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. have raised menu prices. Executives say they expect more price increases this summer as costs remain elevated for labor, commodities and transport.
 
Higher prices on grocery-store shelves and restaurant menus are part of a broader rise in inflation. U.S. consumer prices surged 5% in May from a year ago to reach the highest annual inflation rate in nearly 13 years. More expensive used cars and trucks fueled the increase, according to Labor Department data, and prices for furniture and airfare also jumped.
 
The dollar index rose 0.49%, with the euro down 0.51% to $1.2107. The Japanese yen weakened 0.31% versus the greenback at 109.66 per dollar.
 
Oil prices rose to multi-year highs, heading for a third straight week of gains on the improved outlook for worldwide demand as rising vaccination rates lead to a lifting of pandemic curbs.
 
Brent crude futures rose 17 cents to settle at $72.69 a barrel. U.S. crude futures settled up 62 cents at $70.91 a barrel.
 
U.S. gold futures settled 0.9% lower at $1,879.6 an ounce.
 
Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields posted their biggest weekly drop in nearly a year, weighing on the interest-sensitive financial sector in recent sessions.
 
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 13.36 points, or 0.04%, to 34,479.6, the S&P 500 gained 8.26 points, or 0.19%, to 4,247.44 and the Nasdaq Composite added 49.09 points, or 0.35%, to 14,069.42.
 
For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost -0.8% to close at 34,479.60, the S&P 500 edged up 0.4% to 4,247.44, and the Nasdaq gained 1.8%, closing at 14,069.42



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A Moment in History: D-Day Invasion
The campaign was code named “Operation Overlord” and the allied commanders initially targeted June 5th as the day that allied soldiers would descend…

Seth Udinski, FISM News
Let’s explore the largest and quite possibly most important military land invasion in world history. The bold act of all-out war paved the way to victory for the Allied Powers in World War II. Thousands of young men laid down their lives on the beaches of Normandy, with the singular goal to stop the Nazis and protect innocent civilians. Let’s go back and discover the D-Day Invasion of World War II. (WATCH VIDEO)
U.S. Warns Venezuela to Turn Away Iranian Naval Ships
The two Iranian ships seem to be carrying smaller fast attack boats like the ones employed by Iran to harass the US Navy in the Persian Gulf…

Justin Bullock, FISM News
Last week FISM News reported on two Iranian Navy ships sailing toward Venezuela. These ships are suspected of transporting weapons to Venezuela and are the first ships Iran has directed into the Atlantic Ocean. Venezuela and Iran are both considered to be hostile toward the US, and they have collaborated, particularly through the buying and selling of weapons, in the past. Now, the two ships are making headway toward Venezuela and President Biden is urging both Cuba and Venezuela to prevent the ships from docking at any of their ports.
 
This represents the first national security and international relations challenge for the Biden Administration since taking office in January. The Biden White House strongly urged Venezuela and Cuba to turn the Iranian ships away and warned that they would be forced to take action if they failed to do so. What that action would consist of…(READ MORE)
Senate Passes $250 Billion U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
The bill moves onto the House, where it’s unclear when it might be taken up.

Samuel Case, FISM News
The Senate on Tuesday passed 68-32 a $250 billion tech and manufacturing bill, intended to keep the U.S. competitive with China. The bill known as the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, or USICA, funds scientific research, provides subsidies for chip and robot makers, and overhauls the National Science foundation.
 
The New York Post reports that “at the heart of the bill is a $50 billion emergency allotment to the Commerce Department to stand up semiconductor development and manufacturing through research and incentive programs previously authorized by Congress.”
 
The Post says this was done as “a response to America’s share of global semiconductor manufacturing dropping from 37% in 1990 to about 12% now, as well as a chip shortage that has exposed vulnerabilities…(READ MORE)
Biden Waves FBI Checks at Border Putting Minors at Risk
Now, the Biden administration is allowing essentially anyone, including those people who may have criminal records, including violence against children, to work at the detention camps.

Justin Bullock, FISM News
The crisis at the US-Mexico border is getting worse each day. There are over 18,000 immigrant children currently held in custody by the US government and this number is continually rising. Some of these children have illegally immigrated into the US with their families as part of the thousands of refugees from Central and South America that have been flooding across the border. Other children, have been sent into the US on their own, either seeking to join family members already here in the United States or being sent by desperate parents with smugglers in hopes of asylum. In all cases they are trying to escape the societal strife and gang violence that plagues many Central and South American countries.
 
President Biden established a task force at the beginning of his term with the express purpose of re-uniting these children refugees with their families. On June 2, 2021 the task force presented a report indicating that of the 3,900 children that have been officially identified as separate from their families, only 1,800 have been reunited …(READ MORE)
Trouble in the Left: Allegations of Racist Language Surface Against Hunter Biden
It should be noted that racism is sadly not a new phenomenon in the Biden family. 

Seth Udinski, FISM News
The left is facing potentially devastating friction within itself, this time in the First Family. President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, finds himself in hot water once again under allegations of racist language.
 
The Daily Mail first reported on Monday that the younger Biden had used racial slurs in a text exchange with his attorney, George Mesieres of Chicago, several years ago. Hunter Biden used the n-word in jest four separate times during two different exchanges in late 2018 and early 2019. The exchanges are bizarre and wildly uncomfortable as he also crudely referenced his reproductive organs multiple times. The news comes less than two weeks after Hunter’s father delivered an anti-racist speech honoring the African American victims of the Tulsa massacre of 1921.
 
This is not a good look for the Biden Administration, and obviously not good press for Hunter Biden...(READ MORE)
Uyghur Tribunal Details Horrific Human Rights Violations
The testimonies from London detailed awful, heart-rending experiences from Uyghur victims…

Justin Bullock, FISM News
The horrific genocide and human rights abuses perpetuated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the native population has had the attention from governments around the world, yet little action has been taken thus far to prevent it. The Uyghur Tribunal is the latest international movement seeking to bring light and justice for the persecuted Uyghurs. The organization held the first set of two sets of hearings in Westminster, London, England from June 4-7, 2021.
 
During this recent hearing, experts, witnesses, and victims gave testimony detailing the reprehensible actions taken by the CCP in order to oppress the Uyghurs. The second set of hearings is scheduled to occur on September 10-13, 2021, with a final report to be released…(READ MORE)
State Department Eases Foreign Travel Advisories
The State Department has a four-level categorization for travel advisories...

Justin Bullock, FISM News
On Tuesday, the United States State Department eased travel advisories on a number of foreign countries with respect to the risk of COVID-19 infection. This announcement comes as the US begins transitioning back to pre-pandemic norms and habits of life. The State Department’s announcement is in conjunction with the recent reduction of restrictions regarding the pandemic from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the perpetually increasing number of Americans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Americans are anxious to be able to travel around the country and internationally after being cooped up at home for the past year. While the State Department’s announcement has made it easier for Americans to travel on our end, many international countries…(READ MORE)
NYT Editorial Board Member 'Disturbed' by Trucks Flying American Flags
and later said “the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy” can be marginalized. 

Samuel Case, FISM News
Of all the disturbing images in this fallen world, everyone can agree that trucks flying American flags is not one of them, that is unless you work for The New York Times.
 
New York Times editorial board member and MSNBC contributor Mara Gay said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday it was “just disturbing” to see Trump supporters flying “dozens of American flags” during a visit to Long Island.
 
I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing…(READ MORE)
TV Stations Reject Pro-Life Ad Calling it "Unacceptable"
Tension is rising across the country as pro-choice advocates and organizations are terrified that Roe v. Wade will be overturned… 

Justin Bullock, FISM News
Multiple TV networks have rejected a new advertisement created by the pro-life group The Susan B. Anthony List (SBAL). SBAL announced the new ad as well as a $2 million advertisement initiative on their website and Twitter in response to the pending case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that will be heard before the US Supreme Court this year.
 
The ad contains no graphic imagery or language about abortion, and simply makes the claim that current abortion law is not up to date with respect to the most recent science. Pro-life organizations and advocates are confused and upset by the decision of many major networks not to run the commercial. The networks in question have been accused of censorship…(READ MORE)
FBI-Led Sting Operation Leads to Over 800 Arrests Worldwide
ANOM came about after another encryption company known as Phantom Secure was dismantled as part of another FBI indictment in 2018. 

Ian Patrick, FISM News
A recently unsealed indictment reveals the behind-the-scenes effort of an intricate global sting operation, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The sting known as Operation Trojan Shield involved the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshalls, Europol, and at least 16 other nations.
 
The 2-year operation culminated in the arrest of over 800 criminals in the past two days. According to the FBI, the operation also resulted in the seizure of drugs and other illicit material including:
 
“…more than 8 tons of cocaine; 22 tons of marijuana; 2 tons of methamphetamine/amphetamine; six tons of precursor chemicals; 250 firearms; and more than $48 million…” (READ MORE)
Burger King Takes Shots at Chick-Fil-A with LGBTQ Support
The “even on Sundays’ remark is especially telling.

Seth Udinski, FISM News


The war of the sexual revolution has reached into several shocking avenues, including children’s television and the pastoral pulpit. Recently, the battle has entered the realm of fast food, and specifically, chicken sandwiches.
 
The American fast food chain Burger King is attempting to overtake another popular American fast-food chain, Chick Fil-A, with sales of its newly introduced chicken sandwich, the “Ch’King.” Chick Fil-A has for years been the leader in marketing the chicken sandwich, but now Burger King is joining the fray and appealing to a specific audience to do so.
 
Last week, Burger King pandered to the LGBTQ community with a tweet promoting pride month. Chick Fil-A is well known as an American business that has, for the most part, upheld conservative Christian…(READ MORE)
VP Harris Meets with Guatemala and Mexico Presidents About Immigration
Despite the words of Harris, the current policies in place seem intent on turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants pouring into…

Justin Bullock, FISM News
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico on Monday and Tuesday in order to speak with both countries’ presidents about a number of issues including immigration. This trip represents the first international visit by the Vice President and comes in the wake of the growing refugee crisis at the US-Mexico border. Harris visited both countries in order to discuss possible partnerships and solutions to the mounting crisis.
 
In both countries Harris maintained a stern demeanor, saying that both President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico must take the initiative in decreasing the rampant poverty, violence, and corruption…(READ MORE)
Apple Upgrading FaceTime to Compete with Zoom
Conference calls can now be scheduled and sent out with links to participants, and more importantly, these links will be accessible to Android users.

Karley Cicale, FISM News


“Zoomed” out after a year of video conferencing and virtual get-togethers? Well, for IOS users, it’s possible that you may never have to lay your eyes on the blue and white Zoom logo again after Apple’s upcoming FaceTime upgrade.
 
Here’s a rundown of the upcoming app transformation:
 
Android Access:
While the built in app previously acted solely as a visual alternative to voice calling, it was announced at Apple’s WWDC (WorldWide Developers Conference) 2021 that the new features will make FaceTime into a group video conferencing app, and make it competitive…(READ MORE)
Texas Stands Up for the Unborn with New Abortion Coverage Ban
HB 214 is a savvy followup and will hopefully lead to more nationwide limitation…

Seth Udinski, FISM News
The free state of Texas made a bold offensive move in the eradication of abortion and the defense of the unborn. Last week, Texas officials passed HB 214 into state law. One of several others passed in 25 other states, the bill prevents general health insurance from covering abortions, except if the mother’s life is in danger.
 
To his credit, Texas Governor Greg Abbot was unwavering in his defense of the bill. Governor Abbot said last week,
 
“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child. This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policyholders to subsidize…(READ MORE)
G7 Wants Global Corporation Tax in Preliminary Agreement
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who also attended the event in the UK, praised the new regulations.

Ian Patrick, FISM News


The G7 nations – made up of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Canada – all signed on to a preliminary agreement over the weekend which includes the creation of a global corporate tax rate at 15%. The tax is meant to hit multinational companies such as Amazon, Google, and the like as well as to dissuade them from shifting their profits to so-called off-shore “tax havens.”
 
The UK’s Finance Minister, Rishi Sunak, posted the news on Twitter after the deal had been agreed to.
 
Sunak proudly said that this general 15% tax would create “a more level playing field for UK firms” and would target any…(READ MORE)
Federal Judge Overrules California 'Assault Weapons' Ban
…the firearms deemed ‘assault weapons’ are fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles.

Samuel Case, FISM News
Last Friday, a U.S. Federal Judge overruled the state’s 32-year-old “assault weapons” ban, citing the Second Amendment, prompting attacks from Governor Gavin Newsom and the state’s attorney general.
 
The sale of so-called “assault weapons” has been banned in California since 1989, but the prohibition was challenged in 2019 by resident James Miller along with the San Diego County Gun Owners committee.
 
In the ruling, Roger Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California wrote, “This case is not about extraordinary weapons lying at the outer limits of Second Amendment…(READ MORE)
Manchin Will Vote Against Democrat Backed Voting Bill
Manchin explains his reasoning in depth in an op-ed for Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Justin Bullock, FISM News


Amending the way Americans vote is a recent trend across state governments in the United States. FISM News reported on a pending Texas bill that would change how Texans vote in future elections last week. The issue is now being taken up by the Federal Government with the introduction of the For the People Act 2021 also known as H.R.1. This bill is a Democratic initiative and comes with the following summary,
 
“This bill addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government. Specifically, the bill expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting). It also limits removing voters from voter rolls. The bill requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting. Additionally, the bill sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to…(READ MORE)
UN Security Council Concerned with Taliban and Al Qaeda Resurgence in Afghanistan
While there is immense public support both internationally and especially in the United States, for the upcoming full withdrawal from Afghanistan, military experts...

Justin Bullock, FISM News
FISM News previously reported on the growing concern by US military leaders regarding the total withdrawal from Afghanistan set to be completed on September 11, 2021. Now, those same concerns are being expressed to the UN Security Council in a 41 page letter from the Council’s advisory committee, the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team. The letter constitutes a report from the UN’s advisory committee that parallels the same concerns expressed by American military leaders to President Biden.
 
The letter indicates that both the Taliban and Al Qaeda retain a presence in Afghanistan especially in regions around the Afghani and Pakistani border. It expresses concerns that the activity by both the Taliban and Al Qaeda is very “unpredictable” as American and UN forces withdraw from Afghanistan and…(READ MORE)
United Airlines to Use Boom Supersonic Commercial Jets
The biggest draws for the Boom Supersonic craft are its speed and net-zero emissions.

Ian Patrick, FISM News


Commercial flights are about to get a lot faster, at least if United Airlines has anything to say about it.
 
On Thursday the company announced a brand-new deal with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic, where it will purchase fifteen of its Overture airliners to add supersonic speed to its airline business. The deal includes a possibility that United will purchase up to 50 Overture airliners total, as long as the jet meets United’s safety, operating, and sustainability requirements.
 
United CEO Scott Kirby commented on the excitement behind the new purchase in the company’s formal announcement of the deal, saying…(READ MORE
Fauci Email Controversy Continuing to Unravel
The emails show that Fauci was told by multiple experts working for him that the virus appeared to be engineered, a claim Fauci had also dismissed to the public at the time.

Justin Bullock, FISM News
Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a media darling, especially for left leaning publications, during his tenure as the top US doctor responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently he has come under immense scrutiny and criticism, even in some cases from his former media advocates, due to a recent dump of over 3,000 emails received as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Buzzfeed News. The brunt of the criticism has to do with Fauci’s initial dismissal of concerns that the COVID-19 virus was leaked from a Chinese virology lab in Wuhan, China.
 
Many conservatives had initially suspected that the COVID-19 virus came from the Wuhan lab and was either the result of an accidental leak or, more insidiously, the release of a bio-weapon by the Chinese Communist Party. This theory about the origin of the virus was immediately dismissed by Fauci and the rest of the government and instead a theory for the virus’s origins…(READ HERE)
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