Podcast: $14 Million in Battery Start-Up Funding and Two Other Numbers You Need to Know

Numbers By Barron’s is a two-minute financial podcast with three vital numbers to start your morning. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever you get your podcasts-as well as on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker

Three numbers to start your day:

-if it makes it. And that will be determined, in part, by two events in December, says one analyst.

One is the G-20 meeting that kicks off today. The second is whether the Federal Reserve will signal more interest-rate hikes after the expected increase next month.

If a trade deal gets brokered and rate-hike talk for 2019 gets walked back, investors could get a strong Santa Claus rally to close out this year.

oil prices

But the hills are alive with the sounds of bulls running…away from oil. Call it the Trump Dump.

One analyst says, the risk is that OPEC won’t be able to talk up prices because doing so might upset the U.S president. A rash of analysts downgraded oil and oil-related investments, and slashed price targets, in part because of concerns about President Donald Trump’s view.

Those downgrades might have been more useful in early October, before oil prices plummeted more than 30%.

-according to DataTrek Research. That’s basically pennies-and could be one reason why your smartphone keeps dying on you.

Battery technology is improving at much slower rates than the chips that go into smartphones.

So as new smartphones boast bigger screens, souped-up processors and high-powered cameras.. battery life drains, faster. Maybe this would change if investors threw more dollars at battery start-ups instead of smartphone makers.

Numbers by Barron’s is a new daily podcast. Find out more here.

This episode was hosted by Crystal Kim.

Write to Crystal KIm at crystal.kim@barrons.com

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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