The Bottom Line
- S&P 500 up +1.06%
- Stoxx Europe 600 up +0.41%
- Shanghai Composite Index up +0.13%
So What Happened?
The U.S. stock market kept us on the edge of our seat today, as it just managed to sleepwalk over our +1% reporting threshold. The S&P 500 has now closed in the green for three straight days, while at the same time notching its best such percentage increase in two years (per Bloomberg).
The big news today was a surprise announcement (i.e. tweet) from the President that he and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, had a “long and very good” conversation about trade. While the stock market welcomed this news, only time will tell the final outcome as both sides have repeatedly see-sawed on this issue over the past several months.
Third quarter earnings continue to be a storyline as well. The headliners today included DowDuPont, health insurer Cigna, and computer chip-maker NXP Semiconductors. All three companies posted quarterly earnings surpassing Wall Street’s expectations. Two notable reports on the horizon are Apple (after the closing bell today) and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (Saturday). As we near the end of earnings season, Wall Street will likely refocus its attention on the Federal Reserve’s last two meetings of the year as investors wait to hear guidance on the future of interest rates.
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