​Market Now Being Driven Lower by Digital Sales Tax, Not Trade

Michael Markowski  |

The more than 1.3% declines for the Dow 30 and the S&P 500 and the 2.0% decline of NASDAQ today were caused by last week’s digital sales tax ruling by the US Supreme Court. The mainstream financial media has blamed today’s decline on trade. Since the ruling the share price of Wal-Mart  (WMT), Dow 30 member and the king of brick and mortar retail, has increased by 3.5%. The share price of Amazon  (AMZN), the king of online retail has declined by 5.3% and Fedex’s  (FDX) by 6.2%.

Ironically, Wal-Mart is the prime brick and mortar beneficiary of the new digital tax. Amazon and the thousands of online merchants will no longer be able to compete with it on price alone. Instead of saving the sales tax consumers will go to a Wal-Mart which has more SKUs than any other retailer on the planet to purchase the desired products.

My June 21, 2018, article entitled “New Digital Sales Tax Bad News for Market” was about the market not yet fully discounting the impact from the US Supreme Court’s decision to allow municipalities to collect sales taxes on digital sales.

The ruling will have more of a profound effect on the US economy than I had previously thought. It will be the cause of the US entering a recession much faster than what economists are now predicting. It’s for three reasons:

The new tax will definitely slow down the digital and the brick and mortar economy.It further supports the probability that the S&P 500 hit its all-time high for the secular bull which was born in 2009 in January of 2018.See my February 6, 2018, Equities.com article “BULL DEAD, BEAR DOB 01/31/18: Expect Stock Market Decline of at Least 50%”.The video below provides details about the secular bulls and bears since the 1800s in the US.Since the minimum life span of a secular bear is 8 years its viewing is highly recommended.


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Disclaimer.Mr. Markowski’s predictions are frequently ahead of the curve. The September 2007 predictions that appeared in his EquitiesMagazine.com column stated that share-price collapses of the five major brokers, including Lehman and Bear Stearns, were imminent. While accurate, they proved to be premature. For this reason he had to advise readers to get out a second time in his January 2008 column entitled “Brokerages and the Sub-Prime Crash”.His third and final warning to get out, and stay out, occurred in October of 2008 after Lehman had filed for bankruptcy.In that article “The Carnage for Financials Isn’t Over” he reiterated that share prices for Goldman and Morgan Stanley were too high.By the end of November 2008, the share prices of both had fallen by an additional 60% and 70%, respectively — new all-time lows.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
WMT Walmart Inc. 88.06 0.34 0.39 4,821,730 Trade
SHOP Shopify Inc. Class A Subordinate 171.75 0.00 0.00 1,281,945 Trade
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. 1,813.70 0.73 0.04 3,891,566 Trade
FDX FedEx Corporation 234.93 -1.62 -0.68 1,725,954 Trade


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