Stocks Rise As Syria Fears Ease

Hello traders everywhere. Wall Street is off to a good start this week as fears of an escalating conflict in Syria have eased. The DOW has gained as much as 200 points, with Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) rising more than 2% on news that their immunotherapy drug Keytruda plus chemotherapy significantly improved overall survival in newly-diagnosed patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The S&P 500 has climbed 0.75%, and the Nasdaq gaining 0.65% in the morning session.

On Saturday, the U.S. military conducted precision missile strikes against the Syrian government as a response to a chemical attack carried out in the country. The attack was conducted in conjunction with France and the U.K. The Pentagon described the U.S.-led strikes as a "justified, legitimate and proportionate response" to the Syrian regime's continued use of chemical weapons.

Syria Fears Ease

Crude oil has dropped from the three-year high that it posted to end the week as concerns about conflicts in the Middle East eased. Oil had dropped as much as 1.9% on the day but has settled around the $66.50 level, down about .55%. Continue reading "Stocks Rise As Syria Fears Ease"

Global Tensions Push Oil To Three Year High

Hello traders everywhere. Global tensions have Rocked the oil markets today sending crude oil to a three year on the back of a +3% gain in Tuesday's trade. WTI crude is trading above the $66, a +2% gain, breaking through the previous levels of resistance were sitting just shy of $65. The last time the price oil was this high was in 2014.

The reason for the sharp upward move stems from comments by Russia and the United States over the conflict in Syria. Russia's ambassador to Lebanon told local media that Russia would shoot down American missiles headed Syria's way. This follows an alleged chemical weapons attack by President Bashar Assad that killed dozens in a rebel-held area over the weekend.

Global tensions

President Trump responded via Twitter saying:

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

To add to that, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) data on Wednesday showed swelling surpluses at the biggest domestic storage complex as well as nationwide last week. American crude production also climbed, while exports of American oil declined to 1.21 million barrels a day.

Key Levels To Watch This Week:

S&P 500 (CME:SP500): 2,741.38
Dow (INDEX:DJI): 24,977.65
NASDAQ (NASDAQ:COMP): 6,630.67
Gold (NYMEX:GC.M18.E): 1,330.10
Crude Oil (NYMEX:CL.K18.E): 61.93
U.S. Dollar (NYBOT:DX.M18.E): 88.53
Bitcoin (CME:BRTI): 6,194.46

Every Success,
Jeremy Lutz
INO.com and MarketClub.com

Stocks Rebound As Trade War Fears Fade

Hello traders everywhere. After a Friday close of -2% for all three major indexes, the stock market has rallied today with gains of +1.5% for the DOW and S&P 500 respectfully, while the NASDAQ is posting a +2% gain on the day.

Of course, this move higher comes on a feeling that the trade war with China won't happen or that it won't be as bad as we first thought.

Tariffs

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday he does not expect a trade war between the U.S. and China to take place and President Donald Trump himself said in a tweet Sunday: Continue reading "Stocks Rebound As Trade War Fears Fade"

Facebook's Decline Has Hurt These ETFs

Matt Thalman - INO.com Contributor - ETFs - Facebook


When a major company such as Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is caught in a scandal, the declining share price doesn’t just hurt investors who knowingly bought shares of the company. It also hurts all those unsuspecting shareholders who may own part of the company through different Exchange Traded Funds.

On March 16th, shares of Facebook were trading at $185.09. The news broke that 50 million customers had their data taken from Facebook by a company called Cambridge Analytica and used to persuade American’s to vote for President Donald Trump. By March 27th Facebook shares had bottomed out at $152, a nearly 18% decline from the day before the story broke. As of this writing, shares of the social media giant have recovered a little, and now they trade at $160 per share, still a 13.5% decline.

Anyone that knowingly owned shares of Facebook before this story breaking has decided to either ride this rough patch out or jumped ship. But, some investors own shares of Facebook and have likely taken a beating because of the situation and may not even have known what was causing their portfolios to fall. Continue reading "Facebook's Decline Has Hurt These ETFs"

China Retaliates By Slapping Tariffs On U.S.

Hello traders everywhere. Fear of a trade war between China and the U.S. has returned to the stock market Wednesday, hitting U.S. stocks hard at the open and sending investors into haven assets from gold to Treasuries.

The DOW opened considerably lower and headed down as much as 510 pts before bouncing off the lows in early trading and looks to have settled around the 1% loss territory mid-day. We'll have to keep a close eye on the close today to see if there's any follow through from the harsh open.

Tariffs

China and the United States both announced tariffs on $50 billion of each others' imports. But, while Washington's list covers many obscure industrial items, Beijing's covers 106 essential U.S. imports including soybeans, planes, cars, and chemicals.

The speed with which the trade struggle between the two countries is ratcheting up is blinding. China took less than 11 hours to respond with its measures.

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