The Wednesday Market Minute

  • Global stocks mixed as markets react to contradictory statements on stimulus from President Donald Trump.
  • Hours after ordering White House officials to stop negotiating with Democrats, Trump suggested he would sign a ‘stand alone’ bill to support airlines and small businesses.
  • The U.S. dollar edges higher amid the stimulus uncertainty, made more complicated by the President’s coronavirus diagnosis, while benchmark 10-year Treasury yields hold at 0.764%.
  • Oil prices eases as the Energy Department trims near-term demand forecasts and Hurricane Delta slows to a category 3 storm as it heads towards the crude production areas of the Louisiana coast.
  • U.S. equity futures suggest a firmer open on Wall Street, with a 190 point gain priced for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

U.S. equity futures powered ahead Wednesday, while the dollar inched higher against its global peers, as markets reacted to a U-turn on stimulus talks from President Donald Trump that could signal a breakthrough in talks from lawmakers in Washington.

Just hours after ordering his White House staff — many of whom remain in self-isolation following the his coronavirus infection last week — to cease negotiating with Democratic lawmakers to try and bridge a $600 billion gap between rival stimulus bills, Trump Tweeted his willingness to sign a ‘stand alone’ agreement that would provide paycheck protection to small businesses and $25 billion in support to U.S. airlines.

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