Stocks May Be Peaking, But the Real Story Is The Treasury Rally

By Leo Kolivakis via

Fred Imbert of CNBC reported on Friday, Aug. 2 as stocks fell on trade war fears, sending the S&P 500 to its worst week of 2019:

Stocks fell on Friday as President Donald Trump stoked U.S.-China trade fears with the announcement of more tariffs while investors digested U.S. employment data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 98.41 points lower at 26,485.01 after plunging 334.20 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 lost 0.7% to end the day at 2,932.05. The Nasdaq Composite slid 1.3% to close at 8,004.07. The major indexes dipped below their 50-day moving averages, key technical levels watched by investors.

Equities took a major blow this week. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq dropped 3.1% and 3.9% this week, respectively, their biggest weekly drops of 2019. The Dow had its second-worst week of the year, sliding 2.6%.

Caterpillar and Deere, two stocks associated with trade because of their overseas revenue exposure, both fell more than 1.5%. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 1.4%, led by a 4.2% decline in Skyworks Solutions.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, President Donald Trump said the 10% charge would be imposed on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The levy will take effect starting September 1. Trump said later on Thursday he was open to shelving that tariff if China stepped up its U.S. agricultural purchases.

“The markets were already up to their plateful digesting the impact on earnings and the economy before yesterday’s announcement,” said Tom Martin, senior portfolio manager at Globalt. “But China and the U.S. were working it out and as long as another shoe didn’t drop and it didn’t escalate, things were going to be OK.”

“Then you get this announcement,” Martin said. “There is some real uncertainty introduced with it.”

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