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The Closing Bell: Stocks Climb On Trump’s Plan To Meet With China Trade Negotiator

edited October 2019 in Fund Discussions
FYI: U.S. stocks rallied Thursday after President Trump said he would meet with a key Chinese official for talks Friday, the latest example of trade hopes boosting global markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 150points, or 0.57%, to 26496, after earlier climbing more than 250 points. The S&P 500 added 0.64%. The broad equity gauge entered the session down nearly 2% so far in October and roughly 3.5% below July’s record, though it was still up 16% for the year. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.60%.

The gains came after Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he would meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the head of the Chinese negotiating team, at the White House Friday, contradicting earlier media reports that Chinese leaders would be leaving Washington Thursday, a day earlier than expected.

Thursday’s moves were the latest example of trade-induced volatility in markets. Global indexes and stock futures swung between gains and losses overnight on conflicting reports. Fears that the U.S. and China won’t reach a ceasefire on tariffs have led to projections that a global economic slowdown will ripple to consumers, denting spending and crimping corporate profits.

Negotiations continued Thursday after the White House signed off on special licenses for some U.S. companies to do business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co., a possible sign of goodwill. At the same time, the U.S. adding 28 Chinese entities to an export blacklist earlier in the week also prompted caution among investors.

Trade hopes also boosted commodities crucial to transportation and manufacturing by easing worries that softening demand will result in supply gluts. Both copper and oil rallied nearly 2%, trimming some of their recent losses.

Earlier in the week, figures showed that prices businesses receive fell unexpectedly in September from the previous month.

Treasury yields rose following the data Thursday, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note rising to 1.651%, according to Tradeweb, from 1.585% a day earlier. Yields have fallen in recent months as investors have sought safety in bonds.

Among individual stocks, shares of Delta Air Lines slid 2% after the company’s quarterly results added to concerns about rising carrier costs. Third-quarter reporting season for large companies begins in earnest next week, with S&P 500 firms expected to post a drop in profits from a year earlier.

Bed Bath & Beyond soared 21% after the struggling retailer tapped Target’s Mark Tritton as its next chief executive.

And PG&E tumbled nearly 30% after the judge presiding over its bankruptcy handed shareholders a loss, opening the door to a competition over the best path out of bankruptcy that pits the troubled utility against bondholders led by Elliott Management Corp.

Elsewhere, the Stoxx Europe 600 climbed 0.6%. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.8%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.4%.
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  • Could Trump be playing the market?
    There's a lot of dismal news for him to counteract.
    If he makes some promising-sounding comments, we'll be up and then on to the next 60 seconds of the news cycle.

  • dstone42 said:

    Could Trump be playing the market?
    There's a lot of dismal news for him to counteract.
    If he makes some promising-sounding comments, we'll be up and then on to the next 60 seconds of the news cycle.


    Always been in the back of my mind. He certainly has his money in the market. Buying opportunity?
  • Never ever never !!! LOL
  • edited October 2019
    Nice day in the markets as of 3 PM. Oil’s also up a couple % along with big gains for stocks. Gold holding its own - off about $10. Politicians of all stripes like to “play” the markets where they can. Often they try to get the inevitable recession “out of the way” early in the first term of their President (either party). The perfectly normal tendency to want to game the markets is the reason Congress in its wisdom created an independent Fed and sought to insulate it as much as possible from political interference.

    Back to investing ... Note that today’s current DJA at near 27,000 isn’t that far above the 26,617 reached in early 2018. A lot of this year’s gain is simply retracing the steep losses which occurred later in 2018.

    Records Highs Set in 2018

    “The Dow hit three 1,000-point milestones in 2018.

    It hit two of them in the first few weeks in January. It closed above 25,000 on January 4, and it breached 26,000 on January 17. The index set 15 closing records in 2018.

    The records set in the fall were the first ones since the Dow reached 26,616.71 on January 26, 2018. After hitting that peak, the Dow went into free fall, dropping 4% the next week.

    On February 8, it entered a market correction when it fell 1,032.89 points to 23,860.46.

    On August 27, 2018, the Dow ended a six-month correction when it reached 26,049.64, which was 10% above its closing low of 25,533.20, reached on March 23.”

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  • it was up almost 500 before settling back to 300, a little unusual for a friday
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