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U.S. Futures Fluctuate on Trade News; Bonds Drift: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity futures fluctuated as investors weighed the latest trade developments, including a bill from Congress supporting Hong Kong protesters that could complicate a deal with China. Stocks fell in Europe and Asia, while Treasuries drifted.Contracts on the S&P 500 Index pared losses on a news report that China’s chief trade negotiator invited his American counterparts for a new round of face-to-face talks. They had declined earlier as President Donald Trump was expected to sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, potentially setting up further confrontation with China. TD Ameritrade leaped in pre-market trading on reports that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the online brokerage.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dropped, with Thyssenkrupp AG shares tumbling after the steelmaker said it was suspending dividend payments and warned of deepening losses. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index at one point fell the most in almost three months, though the moves eased and the yen trimmed gains as Beijing’s chief negotiator said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one trade deal with the U.S.Crucial to the trade talks is Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation, with the latest developments helping end a streak of record highs for U.S. stocks. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of an American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“From a market perspective, there’s a consensus that an agreement will be reached,” Viktor Shvets, head of Asian strategy at Macquarie Commodities and Global Market, told Bloomberg Television. “They need to sign something, otherwise volatility in markets could be quite extreme.”Elsewhere, oil edged down after jumping on Wednesday as American crude stockpiles rose less than expected and inventories at a key storage hub shrank by the most since August.Here are some key events coming up this week:U.S. economic indicators due for release include initial jobless claims on Thursday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index decreased 0.1% as of 6:14 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.5%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1%.The euro gained 0.1% to $1.1085.The British pound jumped 0.2% to $1.2945.The onshore yuan advanced 0.1% to 7.028 per dollar.The Japanese yen was unchanged at 108.61 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained one basis point to 1.76%.The yield on two-year Treasuries advanced one basis point to 1.59%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to -0.34%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to 0.747%.Japan’s 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to -0.105%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.3% to $56.84 a barrel.Iron ore gained 0.4% to $83.18 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.2% to $1,469.10 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporter on this story: Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Stocks Slip With Focus on Outlook for Trade: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities edged lower after losses in Europe and Asia as investors tried to judge the outlook for a trade deal between America and China.Chipmakers led losses on the S&P 500 Index in early trading. TD Ameritrade soared on reports that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the brokerage. The dollar held steady and Treasuries dipped as China’s chief trade negotiator reportedly said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one trade accord with the U.S. Pessimists focused on speculation that President Donald Trump may sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, potentially setting up further conflict between the superpowers.Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation may prove crucial to the trade talks, with the latest strife helping end a streak of record highs for U.S. stocks. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of the American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“We’re open to the idea that there’s a trade deal in the works but we’re just not there yet,” Emily Roland, co-chief investment strategist at John Hancock Investment Management, said on Bloomberg TV. “We need to see that data come through in order to sort of pop the champagne and call the all-clear.”Elsewhere, oil futures edged higher. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower and emerging-market stocks slipped.Here are some key events coming up this week:Economic indicators due for release include U.S. and European PMI data for November on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% as of 9:38 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.3%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro was little changed at $1.1072.The British pound added 0.2% to $1.2954.The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.59 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries increased two basis points to 1.77%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to -0.34%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped three basis points to 0.76%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 1.3% to $57.77 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.1% to $1,470.35 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporters on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.net;Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Brendan Walsh, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Stocks Decline, Bonds Drift on Hong Kong Bill Risk: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks dropped in Europe and S&P 500 futures edged lower as support from the U.S. Congress for Hong Kong protesters complicated prospects for a China trade deal. Treasuries drifted.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid, with all sectors trading in the red. Thyssenkrupp AG shares tumbled after the steelmaker said it was suspending dividend payments and warned of deepening losses. U.S equity futures pointed to a modestly lower open as President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, potentially setting up further confrontation with China.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index at one point fell the most in almost three months, though the moves eased and the yen and gold trimmed gains as Beijing’s chief negotiator said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one trade deal with the U.S.Crucial to the trade discussions is the deteriorating situation in Hong Kong, with the latest developments helping end a streak of record highs for U.S. stocks. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of an American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“From a market perspective, there’s a consensus that an agreement will be reached,” Viktor Shvets, head of Asian strategy at Macquarie Commodities and Global Market, told Bloomberg Television. “They need to sign something, otherwise volatility in markets could be quite extreme.”Elsewhere, oil edged down after jumping on Wednesday as American crude stockpiles rose less than expected and inventories at a key storage hub shrank by the most since August.Here are some key events coming up this week:U.S. economic indicators due for release include initial jobless claims on Thursday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index decreased 0.1% as of 9:36 a.m. London time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.9%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index declined 0.1%.The euro advanced 0.1% to $1.1087.The British pound jumped 0.1% to $1.2941.The onshore yuan was little changed at 7.036 per dollar.The Japanese yen increased 0.1% to 108.52 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries declined less than one basis point to 1.74%.The yield on two-year Treasuries jumped one basis point to 1.58%.Germany’s 10-year yield advanced less than one basis point to -0.35%.Britain’s 10-year yield decreased less than one basis point to 0.729%.Japan’s 10-year yield increased less than one basis point to -0.105%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.3% to $56.83 a barrel.Iron ore gained 0.7% to $83.40 per metric ton.Gold was little changed at $1,471.22 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporter on this story: Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Stocks Decline, Bonds Gain on Hong Kong Bill Risk: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks dropped in Europe and Asia alongside S&P 500 futures as support from the U.S. Congress for Hong Kong protesters complicated prospects for a China trade deal. Bonds edged higher.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid, with all sectors trading in the red. Thyssenkrupp AG shares fell after the steelmaker said it was suspending dividend payments and warned of deepening losses. U.S equity futures declined as President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, potentially setting up further confrontation with China. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index at one point fell the most in almost three months, though moves eased as Beijing’s chief negotiator said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one trade deal with the U.S. Havens such as yen and gold trimmed gains.Crucial to the trade discussions is the deteriorating situation in Hong Kong, with the latest developments helping end a streak of record highs for U.S. stocks. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of an American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“From a market perspective, there’s a consensus that an agreement will be reached,” Viktor Shvets, head of Asian strategy at Macquarie Commodities and Global Market, told Bloomberg Television. “They need to sign something, otherwise volatility in markets could be quite extreme.”Elsewhere, oil steadied after jumping on Wednesday as American crude stockpiles rose less than expected and inventories at a key storage hub shrank by the most since August.Here are some key events coming up this week:U.S. economic indicators due for release include initial jobless claims on Thursday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index decreased 0.2% as of 8:11 a.m. London time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index decreased 1%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dipped 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index declined 0.9%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro was little changed at $1.1078.The British pound jumped 0.1% to $1.2935.The onshore yuan was little changed at 7.037 per dollar.The Japanese yen advanced 0.1% to 108.54 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries sank one basis point to 1.73%.The yield on two-year Treasuries dipped less than one basis point to 1.57%.Germany’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to -0.36%.Britain’s 10-year yield sank one basis point to 0.718%.Japan’s 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to -0.105%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.2% to $56.89 a barrel.Iron ore gained 0.5% to $83.28 per metric ton.Gold was little changed at $1,472.20 an ounce.\--With assistance from Sarah Ponczek, Claire Ballentine, Kyoungwha Kim and Andreea Papuc.To contact the reporters on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.net;Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Stocks Slump With Focus on Outlook for Trade: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities fell after losses in Europe and Asia on signs of tensions between Beijing and Washington as the superpowers negotiate a trade deal.Almost four stocks fell for every one that gained on the S&P 500 Index. TD Ameritrade soared on reports that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the brokerage. The dollar held steady and Treasuries dipped as China’s chief trade negotiator reportedly said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one accord. Pessimists focused on speculation Donald Trump may sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, setting up further conflict between the nations.Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation may prove crucial to the trade talks, and on Thursday a commentary from China’s state-run news agency accused the U.S. of applying a double standard. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of the American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“We’re open to the idea that there’s a trade deal in the works but we’re just not there yet,” Emily Roland, co-chief investment strategist at John Hancock Investment Management, said on Bloomberg TV. “We need to see that data come through in order to sort of pop the champagne and call the all-clear.”Elsewhere, oil futures rose. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower and emerging-market stocks slid.Here are some key events coming up this week:Economic indicators due for release include U.S. and European PMI data for November on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 0.4% as of 10:37 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.9%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro was little changed at $1.1071.The British pound was little changed at $1.2925.The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.57 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries increased one basis point to 1.76%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to -0.33%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to 0.75%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 1.3% to $57.87 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.2% to $1,468.36 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporters on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.net;Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Brendan Walsh, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Stocks Slide Amid Conflicting Signs on Trade: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities edged lower following losses in Europe and Asia as traders weighed conflicting signals about the outlook for a trade deal between Beijing and Washington.Declines slightly outnumbered gains among members of the S&P 500 Index. The dollar held steady and Treasuries dipped as China’s chief trade negotiator reportedly said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one accord. Pessimists focused on speculation Donald Trump may sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, setting up further conflict between the nations. TD Ameritrade soared on reports that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the brokerage.Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation may prove crucial to the trade talks, and on Thursday a commentary from China’s state-run news agency accused the U.S. of applying a double standard. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of the American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. With stocks still within 1% of a record high, traders will be watching for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“Investors now are starting to worry again that we may not see that phase one in 2019,” said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at TIAA. “It’s going to be tough to have the next leg up without a trade deal.”Elsewhere, oil futures rose. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower and emerging-market stocks slid.Here are some key events coming up this week:Economic indicators due for release include U.S. and European PMI data for November on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% as of 2:39 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.4%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro slipped 0.1% to $1.1059.The British pound slid 0.2% to $1.2899.The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.64 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries increased three basis points to 1.78%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to -0.33%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to 0.75%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 2.4% to $58.46 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.5% to $1,463.81 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh, Cormac Mullen, Yakob Peterseil and Todd White.To contact the reporter on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Brendan WalshFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Equity Futures Edge Up on Trade; Bonds Slip: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity futures nudged higher while stocks fell in Europe and Asia as investors weighed the latest outlook for a trade deal between America and China. Treasuries turned lower.Contracts on the S&P 500 Index pointed to a modestly higher open on Wall Street after a report the U.S. may delay implementing tariffs on Dec. 15 if a trade pact is not reached by then. China’s chief trade negotiator reportedly said earlier he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one trade deal. TD Ameritrade leaped in pre-market trading on a report that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the online brokerage.Futures had fallen earlier with European and Asian shares on word that President Donald Trump may sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, potentially setting up further conflict between the superpowers. Shares remained lower in Europe, with steelmaker Thyssenkrupp AG tumbling after warning of deepening losses.The dollar drifted down against its major peers. Oil futures edged higher. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower and emerging-stocks slipped.Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation may prove crucial to the trade talks, with the latest strife helping end a streak of record highs for U.S. stocks. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of the American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“From a market perspective, there’s a consensus that an agreement will be reached,” Viktor Shvets, head of Asian strategy at Macquarie Commodities and Global Market, told Bloomberg Television. “They need to sign something, otherwise volatility in markets could be quite extreme.”Here are some key events coming up this week:Economic indicators due for release include U.S. and European PMI data for November on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index climbed 0.1% as of 8:19 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.4%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.6%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.7%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.1%.The euro advanced 0.2% to $1.109.The British pound jumped 0.3% to $1.2968.The onshore yuan gained 0.1% to 7.027 per dollar.The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.59 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries increased one basis point to 1.76%.The yield on two-year Treasuries jumped two basis points to 1.60%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to -0.33%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped four basis points to 0.768%.Japan’s 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to -0.105%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.6% to $57.34 a barrel.Iron ore dipped 0.3% to $82.89 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.2% to $1,468.51 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporter on this story: Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Stocks Mixed Amid Conflicting Signs on Trade: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities were mixed following losses in Europe and Asia as traders weighed conflicting signals about the outlook for a trade deal between Beijing and Washington.Declines slightly outnumbered gains on the S&P 500 Index. The dollar held steady and Treasuries dipped as China’s chief trade negotiator reportedly said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one accord. Pessimists focused on speculation Donald Trump may sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, setting up further conflict between the nations. TD Ameritrade soared on reports that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the brokerage.Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation may prove crucial to the trade talks, and on Thursday a commentary from China’s state-run news agency accused the U.S. of applying a double standard. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of the American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. With stocks still within 1% of a record high, traders will be watching for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“Investors now are starting to worry again that we may not see that phase one in 2019,” said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at TIAA. “It’s going to be tough to have the next leg up without a trade deal.”Elsewhere, oil futures rose. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower and emerging-market stocks slid.Here are some key events coming up this week:Economic indicators due for release include U.S. and European PMI data for November on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 Index was little changed as of 2:23 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.4%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro slipped 0.1% to $1.1059.The British pound slid 0.2% to $1.2899.The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.64 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries increased three basis points to 1.78%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to -0.33%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to 0.75%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 2.4% to $58.46 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.5% to $1,463.81 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh, Cormac Mullen, Yakob Peterseil and Todd White.To contact the reporter on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Brendan WalshFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Futures Pare Losses on Latest Trade Twists: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks in Europe and S&P 500 futures pared declines as a news report said China’s chief trade negotiator invited his American counterparts for a new round of face-to-face talks. Treasuries drifted.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index trimmed an earlier decline after the news, even as most sectors remained in the red. Thyssenkrupp AG shares tumbled after the steelmaker said it was suspending dividend payments and warned of deepening losses. Contracts on U.S. equity indexes had slipped earlier as President Donald Trump was expected to sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, potentially setting up further confrontation with China. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index at one point fell the most in almost three months, though the moves eased and the yen and gold trimmed gains as Beijing’s chief negotiator said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one trade deal with the U.S.Crucial to the trade talks is Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation, with the latest developments helping end a streak of record highs for U.S. stocks. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of an American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. Traders will be watching closely for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“From a market perspective, there’s a consensus that an agreement will be reached,” Viktor Shvets, head of Asian strategy at Macquarie Commodities and Global Market, told Bloomberg Television. “They need to sign something, otherwise volatility in markets could be quite extreme.”Elsewhere, oil edged down after jumping on Wednesday as American crude stockpiles rose less than expected and inventories at a key storage hub shrank by the most since August.Here are some key events coming up this week:U.S. economic indicators due for release include initial jobless claims on Thursday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index were little changed as of 10:28 a.m. London time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.4%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index declined 0.1%.The euro advanced 0.1% to $1.1084.The British pound jumped 0.2% to $1.2949.The onshore yuan increased 0.1% to 7.031 per dollar.The Japanese yen was unchanged at 108.61 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced one basis point to 1.76%.The yield on two-year Treasuries jumped two basis points to 1.59%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to -0.34%.Britain’s 10-year yield gained one basis point to 0.74%.Japan’s 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to -0.105%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.5% to $56.75 a barrel.Iron ore gained 0.7% to $83.40 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.2% to $1,468.78 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh and Cormac Mullen.To contact the reporter on this story: Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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U.S. Stocks Slip Amid Conflicting Signals on Trade: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities edged lower following losses in Europe and Asia as traders weighed conflicting signals about the outlook for a trade deal between Beijing and Washington.The S&P 500 Index was down about 0.1%. The dollar held steady and Treasuries dipped as China’s chief trade negotiator reportedly said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a phase-one accord. Pessimists focused on speculation Donald Trump may sign legislation backing Hong Kong protesters, setting up further conflict between the nations. TD Ameritrade soared on reports that Charles Schwab Corp. is in talks to buy the brokerage.Hong Kong’s deteriorating situation may prove crucial to the trade talks, and on Thursday a commentary from China’s state-run news agency accused the U.S. of applying a double standard. China has threatened to retaliate for the passage of the American bill and said supporting the protesters was a “gross” interference in Hong Kong affairs. With stocks still within 1% of a record high, traders will be watching for signs of progress ahead of a Dec. 15 deadline for further tariffs.“Investors now are starting to worry again that we may not see that phase one in 2019,” said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at TIAA. “It’s going to be tough to have the next leg up without a trade deal.”Elsewhere, oil futures rose. European bonds tracked Treasuries lower and emerging-market stocks slid.Here are some key events coming up this week:Economic indicators due for release include U.S. and European PMI data for November on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% as of 1:38 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.4%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro slipped 0.1% to $1.1059.The British pound slid 0.2% to $1.2899.The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.64 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries increased three basis points to 1.78%.Germany’s 10-year yield increased two basis points to -0.33%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to 0.75%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 2.4% to $58.46 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.5% to $1,463.81 an ounce.\--With assistance from Kyoungwha Kim, Andreea Papuc, Adam Haigh, Cormac Mullen, Yakob Peterseil and Todd White.To contact the reporter on this story: Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Brendan WalshFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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