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US Threatens Additional Tariffs on Chinese Imports

After China retaliated with more tariffs ranging from 5 to 10 percent on $75 billion worth of goods, US President Trump reacted with more tariffs.  He threatened to add an additional 5 percent on all the current and future tariffs set to take effect.  This means the US will raise tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods from 25 percent to 30 percent on October 1.  The tariffs that went into effect on September 1 and tariffs that will take effect on December 15 will also raise from 10 percent to 15 percent.  President Trump also ordered US companies to find an alternative to China.

Despite the negative sentiment on global demand, oil and diesel prices failed to react to this news.  This is because President Trump tweeted Monday morning saying he has “great respect” for Chinese President Xi and “talks are continuing.”  Trump even went on to say that China called him and he stated, “I think they want to make a deal,” although China claimed they never called Trump.

Despite Bankruptcies, More US Truckers Rolling

A recent article by the Journal of Commerce (JOC) shows more new trucking companies are hitting US highways than going out of business.  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 21,000 new trucking companies were added to the market in the past 12 months.  Of these 21,000 companies, approximately 78 percent were companies with one to six trucks.  Roughly 168 carriers were added with 101 to 500 trucks.  In the first half of 2019, we have seen just 640 carriers go out of business, which alludes to bankruptcies doing little to reduce trucking capacity.

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JOC: Despite bankruptcies, more US truckers rolling

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JOC: New tariffs threaten to reverse US inventory decline

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Reuters: Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted

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WSJ: Trump-Backed U.S.-British Trade Deal Faces Hurdles

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Reuters: BP to quit Alaska after 60 years with $5.6 billion sale to Hilcorp

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WSJ: U.S. Glut in Natural-Gas Supply Goes Global

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Reuters: U.S. weekly crude production hits record 12.5 million bpd

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Reuters: Oil falls ahead of hurricane but posts weekly gain as U.S.-China trade war eases

Oil futures fell on Friday, with U.S. crude down nearly 3% ahead of a hurricane near the Florida coast that could dampen demand, but prices were still headed for the biggest weekly increase since early July, boosted by an easing of U.S.-China trade rhetoric.

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WSJ: Trucking Company Shutdowns Grow as Shipping Market Cools

Trucking company failures are rising as faltering freight demand exposes operators unprepared for a downturn after last year’s red-hot shipping market.  Approximately 640 carriers went out of business in the first half of 2019, up from 175 for the same period last year and more than double the total number of trucker failures in 2018.


WSJ: Oil and Gas Bankruptcies Grow as Investors Lose Appetite for Shale

Twenty-six U.S. oil-and-gas producers have filed for bankruptcy this year, nearly matching the 28 producer bankruptcies in all of 2018. The number is expected to rise as companies face mounting debt maturities.

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