Do Earnings or Tariffs Matter More?

The traders on CNBC’s “Halftime Report” debated whether the markets respond more to corporate earnings or the U.S.- China trade wars.

Notable points discussed:

  • Short-term trade issues will deal with tariffs
  • Long-term views focuses on earnings
  • Companies with strong earnings will outperform whether trade disputes want them to or not
  • Trade disputes could affect earnings in the second half of the year
  • Technology is a strong driver of markets, particularly in a late market cycle
  • Neither bulls nor bears have an upper hand in the market right now

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