A jittery day on Wall Street as investors tried to figure out what's next in the trade war saga between the U.S. and China.
And that's not the only thing on investors' minds, says Hennion and Walsh Chief Investment Officer Kevin Mahn.
"They have to figure if the Fed is going to cut rates again in September and if they do will it be by 25 basis points or 50 basis points.
They have to consider - are we heading into a recession because the yield curve has now inverted.
They have to consider what's going to happen with the U.S. consumer heading into this holiday shopping season." With so many things to consider - stocks drifted lower into the close led by a 120-point drop in the Dow.
The recession warning signal from the bond market grew even louder.
The inverted yield curve deepened further to levels not seen since 2007.
That was of particular concern to bank investors who worried that will take a toll on future bank earnings.
A prominent Wall Street strategist told CNBC the stock market may see a "wartime boom" next year following the US economy's "depression-like collapse." Jim Paulsen is one of a hand full of economists who have predicted US GDP could rebound strongly in the first quarter next year. Paulson said companies have cut down on costs and increase efficiencies to survive the collapse. "A lot of that boom will fall to the bottom line in a bigger way than people currently expect," Paulsen said.
Business Insider reports that banks' and tech giants' earnings largely impressed Wall Street. Bank of America says discount stores are set to post similarly positive results, according to Bank of America. BoA analysts expect the sector's second-quarter figures to hold strong thanks to rising food sales and improvement in general merchandise revenue. Thanks to momentum in higher-profit categories and successful online operations Walmart, Target, and Dollar Tree are in good positions.
Wall Street ended higher after a choppy session on Tuesday, but they were capped by declines in AIG and Microsoft. As Fred Katayama reports, Disney shares shot higher after its adjusted profit handily beat expectations.
Wall Street analysts on Wednesday weighed in on AMC Theatres' historic agreement with Universal Pictures that will allow the studio's movies to be made available on premium video-on-demand after just 17 days of play in cinemas.
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On Wednesday, Shopify reported second-quarter earnings results that beat Wall Street's expectations for revenue. The company surged 97% on the year as the coronavirus pandemic boosted online sales. Shares of Shopify surged as much as 12% Wednesday. Business Insider reports the Canadian e-commerce company has gained roughly 170% year-to-date.
Equity benchmark indices swung nearly 1 per cent lower during the afternoon session on July 30 ahead of the expiry day of monthly futures and options contracts. At the closing bell, the BSE S and P Sensex was down by 335 points or 0.88 per cent at 37,736 while the Nifty 50 lost 101 points or 0.9 per cent at 11,102. Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red except for Nifty pharma which gained by 3.1 per cent and IT which crawled up by 0.6 per cent. Nifty bank slipped by 2 per cent, financial service by 1.8 per cent and metal by 1.2 per cent. Among stocks, energy majors were big losers with Bharat Petroleum Corporation down by 8 per cent to Rs 417.80 per share. IndianOil Corporation dipped by 4.1 per cent, ONGC by 2.4 per cent and Power Grid Corporation by 2.3 per cent. Banking scrips too witnessed losses with IndusInd Bank dipping by 5.4 per cent, Axis Bank by 3.4 per cent and State Bank of India by 2.4 per cent while home loan lender lost by 3.6 per cent. Pharma stocks, however, witnessed handsome gains with Dr Reddy's advancing by 4.6 per cent to close at Rs 4,500 per share. Sun Pharma and Cipla were up by 3.7 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively. Wipro, Infosys, Vedanta, Maruti Suzuki, Britannia and Reliance Industries too traded with a positive bias. Meanwhile, Asian stocks were flat as the US Federal Reserve members voted to leave the target range for short-term rates between 0 and 0.25 per cent to support the country's virus-battered economy. Japan's Nikkei and Hong Kong's Hang Seng were down by 0.26 per cent and 0.69 per cent but South Korea's Kospi moved up by 0.17 per cent.
US Senator Dick Durbin is requesting the Fed probe card networks and issuers, such as Mastercard and Visa. The senator wants an investigation over potentially anticompetitive fees. Durbin's letter hi-lighted that merchants are paying excessive debit card fees during the pandemic. The companies have planned major fee changes for US-based merchants. The Feds are requesting a competition-based investigating into Visa, Mastercard, and major issuers.
Spartan Capital Securities' Peter Cardillo expects the Fed to say it'll do "whatever it takes" to keep adding liquidity to the markets when policymakers meet this week. But he also tells Reuters' Fred Katayama that he thinks there's a good chance the markets will pull back, regardless of the Fed, because "the economy is faltering."
The US Federal Reserve is expected to remain apolitical and stay out of the business of Congress. Even so, President Donald Trump has repeatedly jeered at Fed Chair Jerome Powell, even going so far as to call him 'an enemy of the state.' Nevertheless, Business Powell stuck his neck out in a Congressional hearing this week, calling for more government intervention in the economy.
Investors on Tuesday paused ahead of a Federal Reserve Meeting that could reveal the Fed's view on recent signs of economic recovery. No major policy announcements are expected when the US central bank's meeting wraps up on Wednesday. However, investors will scrutinize its remarks on the health of the economy, which has been reopening slowly after coronavirus-related closures. According to Reuters, the S&P 1500 airlines index declined 8.5% on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, US stocks rose. Investors reacted to positive coronavirus vaccine news. Shares of Moderna spiked after President Trump announced the US government will by 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine. Tesla shares jumped after the company announced a five-for-one stock split. Oil prices climbed after a report suggested that American crude stockpiles shrank last week.
The Dow jumped 1%, the S&P 500 inched up and the Nasdaq closed lower Monday as investors extended a rotation into value stocks from heavyweight tech-related names while awaiting news on progress in a U.S. fiscal support bill. Fred Katayama reports.
On Monday, US stocks climbed 300-points. Investors warmed to President Donald Trump's weekend stimulus orders against China tensions and new coronavirus cases. On Saturday, President Trump signed executive actions extending coronavirus aid after Congress failed to come to an agreement last week. US-China tensions escalated when China imposed fresh sanctions on several members of Congress over Hong Kong.
The Nasdaq jumped more than 1% on Friday, powered by strong earnings from some of the largest U.S. companies, but the Dow and S&P finished with smaller gains as uncertainty about the government's next round of coronavirus aid kept economic worries on the radar. Fred Katayama reports.
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finished slightly higher on Friday but the Dow closed with a loss as investors kept an eye on record new coronavirus cases in the U.S. Conway G. Gittens wraps up the trading action.
Crossmark Global Investments' Victoria Fernandez is still bullish about tech stocks, but she says investors should take some profits on the big names. She tells Reuters' Fred Katayama investors should put the proceeds into Walmart, McCormick and JPMorgan Chase.
US stocks rose on Tuesday as investors weighed second-quarter earnings results for US banks against spiking coronavirus cases. JPMorgan gained after earnings beat Wall Street expectations. Wells Fargo slumped after reporting a loss and cutting its dividend. Coronavirus cases continue to climb in the US, forcing states to rollback reopening plans and threatening the economic recovery from the pandemic recession.
JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo collectively set aside nearly $26 billion for potential loan losses. As Fred Katayama reports, quarterly profit at JPMorgan and Citi tumbled while Wells Fargo swung to a loss.
CBC reported that McDonald’s ended its Canadian trial of Beyond Meat in April with no plans to continue. According to Business Insider, the plant-based burger dropped as much as 10% because of the news. While Beyond Meat said in an email they were “pleased with the test,” a JPMorgan analyst said usually if a test goes well, it doesn’t end. Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown said the plan with McDonald’s hasn’t changed. Despite the recent drop, Beyond Meat is up more than 90% year-to-date.
On Wednesday, Bank of America analysts downgraded Apple, Inc. To BoA, Apple's surging stock price doesn't present the strong risk-reward profile it once did. BoA downgraded Apple to "neutral" in a note. It said Apple's recent rally to record highs faces too many risks to recommend buying more shares. Business Insider said Apple's future performance could slip if 5G iPhones miss expectations or sell worse than estimated. Services may also shrink after several quarters of "unsustainable" growth.
Warren Buffett's investment in Apple has tripled in value to north of $100 billion. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway spent about $35 billion to build the 5.7% stake in Apple The 10% rise in Apple's stock price on Friday boosted its value to about $104 billion. Business Insider reports that Berkshire's Apple position is now worth more than four times its second-largest holding, Bank of America. Industry analysts call Buffett's investment into Apple "one of the best investments ever."
Kanye West has applied for a trademark on Yeezy-branded cosmetics. According to Business Insider the filing includes provisions for makeups, creams, hair gels, and even scented pine cones. Companies often file trademarks to protect intellectual property without actually selling products. The move has sparked speculation of a possible Yeezy beauty business. The Yeezy sneaker brand was valued by Bank of America to be worth up to $3 billion on its own in 2019.
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