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U.S. Stock Futures Are Flat Ahead of President Trump’s Speech #Futures #Trump #SmallBusiness

U.S. Stock futures are flat ahead of President Trump's speech. Markets will be looking for comments on trade as President Trump is set to speak today at the Economic Club of New York at noon.  On the data front, the NFIB reported that the October small business optimism rose in October, as small businesses are considering increasing inventories and will look to make capital outlays.  European shares are higher on improved sentiment after speculation that President Trump may delay auto tariffs on the EU for up to six months.  Asian shares closed mostly higher with Japanese shares leading the region.

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U.S. Stocks Are Set to Open The Week Lower After Five Consecutive Weeks of Gains #Trump #China #Tariffs

U.S. stocks are set to open the week lower after five consecutive weeks of gains. U.S. stocks are slightly lower after President Trump denied stories that he has agreed to rollback tariffs on Chinese goods.  There is no economic data for release today and the bond market is closed in honor of Veteran’s Day.  European stocks are lower with basic material stocks lagging as tariff talk weighs.  In the U.K., third quarter GDP rose by 0.3%, however, manufacturing output fell by 0.4% in September.  Asian markets closed mostly lower with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index leading the losses after protests escalated.

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U.S. Futures are Slightly Lower After Closing at All-Time Highs #Futures #SP500 #TradeTalks

U.S. stock futures are slightly lower after closing at all-time highs. The S&P 500 is looking to record a 5th straight week of gains after closing at a record high yesterday on news that the U.S. and China would consider rolling back tariffs as part of a trade agreement. Markets are quiet this morning as investors digest earnings reports and trade news. Later this morning markets will get a preliminary look at November consumer sentiment. European shares are mostly lower with basic materials stocks leading the decline. Asian stocks closed mostly lower, however, Japan’s Nikkei 225 outperformed the region.

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U.S. Futures Move to Record Highs on U.S./China Tariff Concession Agreements #TradeTalks #China #Jobless

U.S. stock futures move to record highs on U.S./China tariff concession agreements. The U.S. and China have reportedly agreed to remove existing trade tariffs, in phases, as they work toward a trade agreement. On the data front, weekly jobless claims were lower than expected last week, coming in at 211,000. European shares are also higher on tariff news with bank stocks leading and utility stocks lagging. Asian shares closed mostly higher on trade developments.

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U.S. Stock Futures are Slightly Higher as Stocks Pause Near Record Highs #Futures #Economy #Mortgage

U.S. stock futures are slightly higher as stocks pause near record highs. With little news moving stocks this morning, futures are hanging around unchanged. On the data front, mortgage applications fell slightly last week on weakness in purchases. Non-farm productivity was lower than expected in Q3, falling 0.3% against expectations of a 1% rise. Unit labor cost rose more than expected in Q3, rising 3.6% against expectations of a 2.2% rise. European shares are mostly higher, with bank stocks leading, after euro zone PMI rose more than expected in September. Asian shares closed mixed with Chinese stocks underperforming the region.

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