U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.14%

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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher while losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the gained 0.14% to hit a new 1-month high, while the index fell 0.01%, and the index declined 0.19%.

The best performers of the session on the were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 5.76% or 3.03 points to trade at 55.59 at the close. Meanwhile, Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:) added 3.71% or 4.55 points to end at 127.25 and Dow Inc (NYSE:) was up 2.80% or 1.21 points to 44.45 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:), which fell 3.58% or 3.10 points to trade at 83.47 at the close. Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:) declined 2.26% or 4.19 points to end at 181.55 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) was down 1.84% or 2.79 points to 149.23.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Helmerich and Payne Inc (NYSE:) which rose 8.56% to 41.72, National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE:) which was up 8.07% to settle at 23.96 and L Brands Inc (NYSE:) which gained 6.94% to close at 17.87.

The worst performers were MarketAxess Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 11.85% to 369.69 in late trade, IDEXX Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 7.37% to settle at 267.20 and Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:) which was down 4.80% to 356.96 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 63.24% to 38.850, FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 60.16% to settle at 0.640 and Changyoucom Limited (NASDAQ:) which gained 49.32% to close at 8.84.

The worst performers were Neurotrope Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 77.27% to 1.0000 in late trade, Freds Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 49.47% to settle at 0.12 and Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 26.75% to 2.3805 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1853 to 1117 and 64 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1652 rose and 1024 declined, while 75 ended unchanged.

Shares in ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 63.24% or 15.050 to 38.850. Shares in Neurotrope Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 3-years lows; falling 77.27% or 3.4000 to 1.0000. Shares in Freds Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 49.47% or 0.12 to 0.12. Shares in Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 3-years lows; falling 26.75% or 0.8695 to 2.3805.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.80% to 15.27.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.56% or 8.45 to $ 1507.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 2.71% or 1.53 to hit $ 58.05 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $ 62.67 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.1047, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 107.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 98.287.

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Forex – Euro, Pound Little Changed Following Draghi’s Mixed Comments

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Investing.com – The euro and the pound were little changed against the U.S. dollar on Friday in Asia following mixed comments from European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi.

The euro initially rallied after Draghi signalled that the ECB would ease in September to battle the euro zone’s economic slowdown as the outlook gets “worse and worse,” he said.

The pair last traded at 1.1149 by 11:45 PM ET (03:45 GMT), up 0.04%. The pair slipped 0.05% to 1.2447.

The ECB kept rates unchanged on Thursday, just after manufacturing data in the euro area showed that the economy is contracting, while business confidence in Germany fell.

“It’s getting worse and worse in manufacturing, especially, and it’s getting worse and worse in those countries where manufacturing is very important. But because of value chains this propagates all over the euro zone. And so this must be taken into account,” Drahi said in Frankfurt.

Draghi indicated the bank was prepared to cut rates in September and consider other options for easing. However, he also said the risk of a recession in the region was low.

Some traders interpreted his message as the central bank would not be as aggressive in its easing measures and that the U.S. Federal Reserve could follow suit when it meets next week.

The that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies was little changed at 97.512 ahead of the second-quarter GDP data due later in the day. Traders will then shift their focus to the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan meetings next week.

The pair was unchanged at 108.61. The pair and the pair both slipped 0.1%.

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Asian shares dip on mixed U.S. earnings, euro off two-year low as ECB holds

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian share prices dropped on Friday following mixed U.S. earnings reports and after the European Central Bank unexpectedly held interest rates steady, while the euro held above two-year lows struck overnight.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan () dropped 0.45% while Japan’s Nikkei () lost 0.5%. Shanghai shares () ticked down 0.15%.

Wall Street shares fell from record highs on Thursday, with the S&P 500 () losing 0.53%, following a flurry of downbeat quarterly results from Ford Motor (N:) and other companies.

But several companies that announced results after the market had closed on Thursday generally beat expectations, and their shares rose in after-hours trade.

Google parent Alphabet (O:) jumped 7.9%, Intel Corp (O:) 5.1% and Starbucks (O:) 6.6%. Amazon (O:), however, dipped 1.6% on its first profit miss in two years.

U.S. stock futures () rose 0.2% in Asia.

“Some capital goods makers have reported soft earnings but otherwise U.S. earnings have been generally good, partly because investors had already lowered their expectations,” said Hitoshi Asaoka, senior strategist at Asset Management One.

“Still, with U.S. share prices already at record levels, further gains are likely to be limited unless we see clearer signs of recovery in global demand,” he said.

Uncertainties over whether Washington and Beijing will be able to settle gaping differences over trade, technology and even geopolitical ambitions, kept many investors on guard. Negotiators from the two sides will meet in Shanghai next week.

A rally in global bonds ran out of steam after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi cautioned about pulling the trigger too quickly on policy easing, even though he all but pledged to loosen monetary settings further as the growth outlook deteriorates.

Analysts had expected a rate cut by the ECB.

ECB officials told Reuters after the meeting that an interest rate cut in September appeared certain, while government bond purchases and a revamped policy message were also likely.

The euro’s overnight index swaps are pricing in a cut of more than 10 basis points in September, to minus 0.50 percent.

“An interest rate cut of 10 basis points in September looks like a done deal now,” said Hideki Kishida, fixed income strategist at Nomura Securities.

The 10-year German government bond yield () initially hit a record low of minus 0.463 percent but ended the day up slightly at minus 0.407 percent.

While European bond yields are likely to stay under pressure until the next ECB meeting on Sept 12, Brexit could become a central issue as investors look to the stance of Britain’s new government under Boris Johnson.

“If there are signs of easing tensions, we could see temporary rise in European bond yields,” Nomura’s Kishida said.

The U.S. 10-year Treasuries yield also rose 3 basis points to 2.079 percent () on Thursday and traded at 2.107 percent in the following Asian session.

Also helping to stem falls in bond yields, new orders for key U.S.-made capital goods surged in June, suggesting some improvement in business investment.

Despite that, investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by 0.25 percentage point at its policy meeting ending on July 31 to protect the economy from potential damage from the protracted U.S.-China trade war.

An advance reading of U.S. GDP, due at 8:30 a.m (1230 GMT), is expected to show the economy grew 1.8% in April-June, which would be the slowest growth in more than two years.

In the currency market, the euro bounced back to at $ 1.1149 () in Asian trade, after sinking to $ 1.1101 on Thursday, its lowest since May 2017.

The yen was little changed against the dollar at 108.57 yen per dollar .

Oil prices held firm on rising tensions between the West and Iran and a big decline in U.S. crude stockpiles, though gains were held in check by worries about slowing growth in major economies.

U.S. crude () ticked up 0.25% to $ 56.16 a barrel while Brent futures () was almost flat at $ 63.37 per barrel.

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Forex – Dollar Mixed as World Awaits Trump-Xi Meeting at G20

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Investing.com — The dollar was quiet in a narrow range against most currencies in early trading in Europe Friday as markets await the outcome of the G20 meeting in Osaka, looking for signs of rapprochement between the U.S. and China.

The key event will be a bilateral meeting between Saturday morning in Japan between the U.S. and Chinese presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, which will give a degree of clarity over whether the trade dispute between the two will be ratcheted up or down over the rest of the year.

The dollar has drifted lower against most currencies this week, with the , and all gaining over 1% against it, reflecting a modest revival in risk appetite on hopes that the next planned round of U.S. tariffs on imports from China will be postponed.

“The extent of USD weakness will ultimately depend on any concrete signals coming out of Osaka this weekend vis-à-vis trade discussions,” said BNY strategist John Vells. “A total collapse of any kind of constructive posture between the two protagonists could see a return to risk selling and upward USD pressure.”

Analysts warn that the yen could also surge again if relations between the world’s two biggest economies are seen to be breaking down.

“What’s come out fresh over the past week as a catalyst to push dollar-yen toward 100 is the geopolitical risk over Iran,” Daisuke Karakama, chief market economist at Mizuho Bank Ltd. in Tokyo, told Bloomberg. “If war breaks out in the worst case, that would typically push the dollar lower.”

The yen was flat at 107.66 to the dollar, having lost over 4% since late April as the U.S.-China trade dispute has heated up.

In Europe, the spotlight will likely fall later on consumer inflation data out of various Eurozone states. Data from and on Thursday gave a mixed picture, although the European Commission’s monthly roundup of business and was overwhelmingly gloomy.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has said that further stimulus will be needed if the data fail to improve, a slightly more aggressive stance than the Federal Reserve, which is still waiting to be convinced of the need to ease policy.

By 3:30 AM ET (0730 GMT), the was up 0.1% against the dollar at $ 1.1388, while the was drifting at $ 1.2679, ahead of an updated reading for at 4:30 AM ET (0830 GMT). The pound is still at the mercy of uncertainty over Brexit, with – the frontrunner in the race to become the next Conservative Party leader – still sending mixed signals about the likelihood of a “Hard Brexit” on Oct. 31.

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European shares end the day mixed

Some up and some down to end the trading week

The European markets are closed and the major indices are ending the week with mixed results today.

The numbers are showing:

  • German DAX, -0.13%
  • France’s CAC, -0.13%
  • UK’s FTSE, -0.23%
  • Spain’s Ibex, unchanged
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB, +0.14%

For the week, the major indices are ending higher:

  • German DAX, +2.01%
  • France’s CAC, +2.99%
  • UK’s FTSE, +0.84%
  • Spain’s Ibex, +0.17%
  • Italy’s FTSE MIB, +3.77%

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Forex – Dollar Mixed as Risk Appetite Ebbs Ahead of Weekend

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Investing.com — The dollar was lower against the and early Friday in Europe but higher against risk proxies such as the dollar as traders shunned risk ahead of a weekend set to be marked by geopolitical tensions.

At 3:40 AM ET (0740 GMT), the , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was effectively flat at 96.995, but that masked varying performances against the basket’s individual constituents.

Against the yen, the dollar was down 0.2% at 108.20 and closing in on a new 14-month low, while the euro also edged higher against the buck to $ 1.1281.

The weakened further in the Asian session, a drop later validated by a disappointing data for industrial production and fixed asset investment in May. At only 5.0%, industrial production grew at its slowest rate since 2002.

China also announced its latest countermeasures in its widening dispute with the U.S., raising import tariffs on certain steel pipes from the U.S. and EU by a factor of 10.

In the U.S., a letter signed by hundreds of companies including Walmart (NYSE:) and Target (NYSE:) urged President Donald Trump not to go ahead with his plan to impose tariffs on another $ 325 billion of Chinese imports, saying they would hit American businesses, farmers and families.

The administration had late on Thursday said it would waive tariffs on bifacial solar panels from Asia, a token de-escalation of tensions given that such panels only account for 3% of the U.S. market, according to Deutsche Bank (DE:) strategist UIrich Stephan.

The dollar may see some movement later in the day after a big dump of U.S. data, which includes May at 8:30 AM ET, May at 9:15 AM ET and the University of Michigan index at 10 AM ET.

The British remains under pressure after the first round of the Conservative Party leadership contest left Boris Johnson as the clear favorite. The pound was 0.1% lower against both the dollar and , ahead of a speech later by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.

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Forex – Dollar Mixed as PMIs Show World Economy Still Struggling

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Investing.com — The dollar was mixed after early trading in Europe on Tuesday as the first shots in a barrage of economic data failed to trigger any dramatic moves in major currencies.

In Asian trading, for China came in slightly below expectations, in what analysts called evidence of ongoing factors holding the economy back, such as the lack of a trade deal with the U.S. and the threats to exports of high-value 5G goods and services.

“These uncertainties make us strongly believe that the Chinese government will continue its fiscal stimulus to support industrial sectors through infrastructure stimulus, and will provide enough credits to smaller private firms to keep them running and so stabilise the job market,” ING analyst Iris Pang said in a blog post.

The data pushed the slightly lower, along with the and .

The Chinese data were followed by the first reading for French in the first quarter. As with the U.S. numbers last week, a solid headline number of 0.3% quarterly growth was made to look weaker by a strong contribution from inventories, which would normally be reversed in successive quarters.

There was less ambiguity in Germany’s consumer confidence report, where ’s index stayed unchanged from March’s level.

An estimate of Eurozone is due at 05:00 AM ET (0900 GMT), while German data for April are also due before then.

At 03:00 AM ET (0700 GMT), the was at $ 1.1192, extending a tentative and modest recovery falling to a two-year low last week.

The , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was at 97.505, around 0.2% where it was a day earlier.

The was also a touch higher despite a report in The Sun newspaper that Prime Minister Theresa May is to face an emergency meeting of local party heads at which she will likely be asked to stand down. The meeting will take place in June after the European parliament elections, at which May’s Conservatives appear likely to haemorrhage support to the newly-formed Brexit Party.

Of importance to the future course of Brexit is a meeting later today by the opposition Labour Party’s national executive committee, which has to decide whether or not to include a commitment to a second referendum in its manifesto for the European elections, in the teeth of opposition from leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Forex – Dollar Eyes Second-Straight Weekly Win Despite Mixed Jobs Data

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Investing.com – The U.S. dollar remained on track for a second-straight weekly win despite rising investor expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep monetary policy tightening on hold following a mixed U.S. jobs report.

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.11% to 97.03.

The rose by just 182,000 compared to expectations for a 175,000 gain, according to estimates from Investing.com.

The remained unchanged to 3.8%, but , an important number to gauge inflation, slowed to 0.1% from 0.4% year over year in March.

The mixed jobs report does little to divert the Fed’s current course of no-action, analysts argued.

“The data supports the thesis that the Fed is on hold for a long time. Until wages flare higher, there is little threat of inflation topping the target,” BMO said. “At the same time, with the jobless rate likely to grind lower as the economy picks up modestly in the spring, there is no compelling reason to ease policy.”

A slump in sterling also helped the greenback hold gains as worries about a no-deal Brexit flared after EU leaders said Prime Minister Theresa May had not put forward credible reasons as to why the UK should be granted an extension for Brexit.

“If we are not able to understand the reason why the UK is asking for an extension, we cannot give a positive answer,” said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. German Justice Minister Katarina Barley tweeted: “This playing for time must end.”

This comes after May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn failed to find a plan to break the Brexit logjam, leaving the prime minister with little option but to ask the EU for extension to Brexit.

fell 0.35% to $ 1.3031, while added 0.03% to $ 1.1217.

gained 0.05% to Y110.20 as falling U.S. government bond yields did little spark a bid in the greenback.

rose 0.29% C$ 1.3396 as oil prices recovered losses from a day earlier, underpinning the loonie.

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U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.30%

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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher while losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the lost 0.30%, while the index added 0.00%, and the index added 0.25%.

The best performers of the session on the were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 1.45% or 2.78 points to trade at 194.02 at the close. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) added 0.56% or 0.31 points to end at 55.29 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) was up 0.48% or 0.50 points to 105.14 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:), which fell 12.81% or 8.13 points to trade at 55.36 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.01% or 0.86 points to end at 84.37 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:) was down 0.97% or 1.29 points to 131.90.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Delta Air Lines Inc (NYSE:) which rose 6.04% to 55.33, Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ:) which was up 4.40% to settle at 135.03 and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 3.26% to close at 174.20.

The worst performers were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 12.81% to 55.36 in late trade, AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:) which lost 5.82% to settle at 74.49 and Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:) which was down 3.99% to 47.16 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 42.34% to 1.5800, EDAP TMS SA (NASDAQ:) which was up 42.14% to settle at 4.250 and Sangamo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 28.96% to close at 12.29.

The worst performers were Energy Focu (NASDAQ:) which was down 55.65% to 0.51 in late trade, Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 47.06% to settle at 0.90 and Five Star Quality Care Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 37.98% to 0.599 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1635 to 1347 and 114 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1337 rose and 1298 declined, while 86 ended unchanged.

Shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 5-year lows; down 12.81% or 8.13 to 55.36. Shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 5-year lows; losing 12.81% or 8.13 to 55.36. Shares in Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 5-year highs; up 0.56% or 0.31 to 55.29. Shares in Energy Focu (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; losing 55.65% or 0.64 to 0.51. Shares in EDAP TMS SA (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; up 42.14% or 1.260 to 4.250. Shares in Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; losing 47.06% or 0.80 to 0.90.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.30% to 13.36.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.20% or 2.60 to $ 1296.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.57% or 0.97 to hit $ 62.56 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.10% or 0.07 to trade at $ 69.54 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.1203, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 111.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.852.

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ForexLive European morning FX news wrap: Currencies mixed as bond yields exude calm

Forex news from the European morning session – 25 March 2019

Headlines:

Markets:

  • AUD leads, GBP lags on the day
  • European equities slightly lower; E-minis down 0.2%
  • US 10-year yields up 2 bps to 2.46%
  • Gold up 0.3% to $ 1,317.70
  • WTI down 0.2% to $ 58.90
  • Bitcoin down 0.2% to $ 3,968

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Headlines on the session were generally dominated by central bank speakers but it was Germany’s Ifo business survey report that gave markets a bit of a nudge before things started to reset once again.

Markets were mixed and calm to begin the European morning as traders/investors had to debate between a weaker equities sentiment seen at the start against a much calmer and better mood with bond yields holding steady.

That saw the dollar mixed against the major currencies bloc with little changes overall but a rebound in the Ifo report saw the euro gain slightly and risk tones improved for a brief period. While the headlines on the report looked optimistic, the details show that the manufacturing sector in Germany is continuing to struggle; much like the PMI data on Friday.

EUR/USD rose from 1.1300 to a high of 1.1325 before settling back lower now towards the 1.1300 handle again. German bond yields briefly jumped back to 0% before inching back lower now to -0.01% on the day.

The DAX also pared losses of about 0.4% to trade higher by 0.1% after the data release but is now sitting slightly lower again, with a similar kind of reaction seen across major European indices and US equity futures.

With bond yields steady, USD/JPY inched higher from 110.00 at the start of the session to touch a high of 110.24 and trades just under there currently. The aussie is the one leading gains as it recovered from Asian trading as AUD/USD ranged between 0.7075 to 0.7095 for the most part on the session.

The pound is the weakest performer as Brexit uncertainty continues to weigh on the currency with Theresa May’s position as prime minister being called into question as support for a third meaningful vote remains non-existent. Further challenges lie ahead today with votes in parliament still to come that could shake things up even more.

Looking ahead, it will be a case of which theme US traders decide to adopt with equities looking a little softer while bond yields are pointing towards some minor recovery from Friday. Major currencies are mixed as a result and will wait on a decision on that before pursuing the next directional move.

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