Interesting article, as usual from you, Anna; I am wondering why tech is still strong impacted by oil. No to say it should be right to avoid any correlation, but the fact is alternatives for limiting oil's impact on the market, considering all segments, are still away (speaking for myself).
Bolaji, as you know, in any economy, the large portion of the economic activity is dictated by consumption, the overall demand for goods and services. Consumers would be able to spend more on other activity if the price of oil stays low. Therefore I would imagine now that manufacturers will seek ways to keep the demand of their products up. I think that makes perfect sense
_hm, Gas prices does have an impact on the direction of technology, research and development. For example, concerns surrounding the of research technologies such as Solar power, Wind power, hybrid cars and hydrogen fuel cells is largely due to increase in oil prices. Hence, higher fuel prices lead to a reduction in this kind of economic activity. I also think that a fall in oil prices will provide the high tech manufacturers the necesary tools for a better visibility into supply activities. What's your thoughts?
Barbara I agree. I don't foresee airlines extending this generosity towards baggages handling fees either. Historically, companies don't usually pass on this gains immediately However, we might over some time (as you said) for example benefit from a reduction in flight tickets, lower costs from logistics and other transporter companies. We'll see.
A recent poll on EBN indicated many respondents were expecting the second half to be an improvement on the first half. If your conclusion is correct that lower crude oil is pointing to economic slowdown, manufacturers may have to explore ways of keeping demand for their products up.
I'd like airlines to get rid of the $25 luggage fee too. It's unlikely they will, though. As you noted, lower fuel prices could benefit the industry more in the transportation sector where it could reduce costs for truckers who ship finished goods to retailers and components the last mile to assembly plants. What are the other potential benefits? Pricing isn't going up anytime soon so that could make for better planning. That's about it. Strong growth will come when job growth comes back and employers scramble to fill positions.
I definitely see consumers benefiting from lower gas prices, but a more important measure will be what freight and shipping companies do. For example, will airlines get rid of their $25 baggage fees? Will freight companies reduce their prices? I doubt it very much but I hope I am pleasantly surprised. With the exception of consumables (energy, groceries) it takes a long time to see an extended benefit from lower oil prices--if ever.
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