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Why is the oil market so volatile?

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From Myra P. Saefong: Oil trading has been particularly volatile lately, as concerns mount about threats to both global supplies and demand.
NYSE:USO May 17, 2019 3:35pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounds from this morning’s 205-point drop

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From Mark DeCambre : The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday pivoted from a solid loss to a firm gain, erasing a more than 200-point opening drop in late-morning dealings. The Dow DJIA, -0.07% was up 64 points, or 0.3%, at 25,929, after hitting an intraday low of 25,657.78, representing a roughly 205-point decline for the blue-chip gauge. The move coincided with a broad pivot for the other two main U.S. benchmarks, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.22% rising 0.3% at 2,883, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.53% advancing 0.2% at 7,914, with both indexes wiping out earlier declines. All week, investors have been wrestling with developments on trade between the U.S. and its international counterparts, with tensions between the U.S. and China particularly elevated.
NYSE:DIA May 17, 2019 3:21pm

Gold prices fall after positive U.S. consumer sentiment jumps to a 15-year high

From Myra P. Saefong and Rachel Koning Beals : Gold futures fell Friday to settle at their lowest in more than two weeks, also down from the week-ago finish, on the back of a jump in U.S. consumer sentiment and a slightly firmer dollar.
NYSE:GLD May 17, 2019 3:14pm

What is the best performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2019?

From Keris Lahiff: One stock has been a surprise winner on the S&P 500 this year: Coty.
NYSE:SPY May 17, 2019 3:08pm

After Nvidia declines to reiterate its full-year forecast, the semiconductor sector turns negative

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From Jeremy C. Owens: For months, chip companies have been telling investors that a rebound is right around the corner. As MarketWatch warned months ago, there was little evidence to back up those claims, and Nvidia Corp. admitted as much Thursday afternoon, throwing a wet blanket on an after-hours bounceback for its beleaguered stock and shares in other chip companies.
NYSE:SMH May 17, 2019 1:21pm

Why does China continue to be the largest gold consumer in the world?

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From CME Group:
Gold has long enjoyed deep cultural significance in China, which holds the title for being both the world's largest gold consumer and its largest producer. Demand for the yellow metal in China looks like it will continue to rise, driven by a combination of increasing levels of wealth, global economic uncertainty and changing central bank policy.
NYSE:GDX May 17, 2019 1:18pm

Why is Wall Street skeptical about the cannabis sector?

From Sean Williams:

If you think the broad-based stock market is on fire, then you obviously haven't been paying close enough attention to the legal cannabis industry. This year alone, marijuana stocks have run circles around the S&P 500 in terms of total return, and marijuana's "Big Three" -- Canopy GrowthAurora Cannabis, and Cronos Group -- have all delivered huge quadruple-digit-percentage gains since the beginning of 2016.

NYSE:MJ May 17, 2019 1:15pm

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities ETF hits a 52 week-high

From Zacks: For investors seeking momentum, iShares TIPS Bond ETF TIP is probably on radar now. The fund just hit a 52-week high, and is up 5.8% from its 52-week low price of $107.53 per share.
NYSE:TIP May 17, 2019 10:55am

As the trade-war escalates, where are oil prices headed?

From Kathy Lien:
This has been a great year for oil. The price of crude is up 30 percent from its December low and oil bulls are wondering if there's more room to rise. The economy is recovering and many central bankers including Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell feel that uncertainty is easing, and global growth is improving.
NYSE:USO May 17, 2019 10:50am

Nomura Instinet downgrades housing stocks

From Dave Royse: Nomura Instinet downgraded several companies dependent on housing market growth Thursday, citing U.S.-China trade uncertainty that could put a damper on consumer confidence and economic growth.
NYSE:XHB May 17, 2019 10:43am

Natural Gas prices move higher after the weekly EIA report released

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From Myra P. Saefong: The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 106 billion cubic feet for the week ended May 10. The average forecast of analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had called for an increase of 101 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 1.653 trillion cubic feet, up 130 billion cubic feet from a year ago, but 286 billion below the five-year average, the government said. June natural gas NGM19, +1.46% traded at $2.630 per million British thermal units, up 2.9 cents, or 1.1%, from Wednesday's settlement. It was trading at $2.612 before the data.
NYSE:UNG May 16, 2019 6:18pm

Bank stocks gain as the 10-year Treasury yield climbs back above 2.4%

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From Fred Imbert: Stocks rose on Thursday as sentiment was boosted by strong earnings from Walmart and Cisco Systems while banks climbed on higher rates.
NYSE:XLF May 16, 2019 6:16pm

British pound drops to a 3-month low

From Despite repeated parliamentary votes to rule out the prospect of the U.K. leaving the European Union without a deal in place to govern its relationship with the bloc, the revived threat of a "no-deal" Brexit put renewed pressure on the British pound Thursday.
NYSE:FXB May 16, 2019 6:14pm

Housing starts rose almost 6% in April

.From Jeffry Bartash and Andrea Riquier: The numbers: Construction on new houses rose almost 6% in April, but builders still lagged behind last year's pace despite a big drop in mortgage rates with the busy spring buying season in full throttle.
BATS:ITB May 16, 2019 1:40pm

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