Week In Review: How Trump's Policies Moved Stocks- Week Of Dec. 14-18

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Catch up on the top industries and stocks that were impacted, or were predicted to be impacted, by the comments, actions and policies of President Donald Trump and his administration with this weekly recap compiled by The Fly.


President Trump said via Twitter that, "I will Veto the Defense Bill, which will make China very unhappy. They love it. Must have Section 230 termination, protect our National Monuments and allow for removal of military from far away, and very unappreciative, lands." Publicly traded defense contractors include BAE Systems (BAESY), Boeing (BA), General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Merged into RTX (RTN), Merged into RTX (UTX) and Northrop Grumman (NOC).

MORE PFIZER COVID VACCINE DOSES: Pfizer (PFE) and the Trump administration are in discussions that would help the drugmaker get raw materials to manufacture more COVID-19 vaccine doses next year, Sharon LaFraniere, Katie Thomas and Noah Weiland of The New York Times reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The added capacity would allow Pfizer to produce tens of millions of additional doses of its Covid-19 vaccine for Americans in the first half of 2021, the report stated.


Moderna (MRNA) announced that the Food and Drug Administration's has authorized the emergency use of mRNA-1273, Moderna's vaccine against COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age or older. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is now authorized for distribution and use under an Emergency Use Authorization. Delivery to the U.S. Government will begin immediately, the company said. Approximately 20M doses will be delivered to the U.S. government by the end of December. The company expects to have between 100M and 125M doses available globally in the first quarter of 2021, with 85M to 100M of those available in the U.S.

On Friday morning, President Trump had tweeted that the vaccine was "overwhelmingly approved" and that distribution would "start immediately," though an FDA spokesperson told Bloomberg soon after that that the vaccine's emergency use authorization remained under review and that had not yet been authorized as of the time of the tweet.


Amazon (AMZN) called for a U.S. judge to throw out the awarding of the Pentagon's $10B JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft (MSFT), saying it was a "flawed and politically corrupted decision," Reuters' David Shepardson reported. The call came in a redacted October court filing unsealed Tuesday. Amazon said in the filing that the award to Microsoft must "be invalidated because it is the product of systematic bias, bad faith, and undue influence exerted by President Trump to steer the award away from" the company.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he is unlikely to support a consent order to end the government conservatorships of mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) before President Trump leaves office, Andrew Ackerman reported. "We're going to not do anything that jeopardizes taxpayers and puts them at additional risk," Mnuchin said. "We also want to be careful that we don't do anything that overnight would limit access to mortgage finance." He added, "The real issue is how do you get them out of conservatorship? You need to raise third-party capital and you need to retain capital. That's, to me, the issue."

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