Mid-Day Update: Wall Street Rebounds From US/China Trade Pressures

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Wall Street's major market averages were off their session lows at midday as early selling pressure tied to US/China trade tensions dissipated and as financial stocks gained traction in tandem with higher Treasury yields. The Nasdaq Composite is in the green for a seventh consecutive day on gains in Facebook ( FB ), Amazon ( AMZN ) and Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL).

Stocks were trading defensively early Wednesday after China announced that it will add a 25% duty on $16 billion worth of US goods including large passenger cars and motorcycles in retaliation for US trade sanctions.

Missed quarterly results from Disney ( DIS ) also contributed to the negative price action. The media giant reported third-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.87 per share, up from $1.58 per share last year but below the analyst consensus of $1.95 per share. Revenue was $15.2 billion, up from $14.2 billion in the year ago quarter but shy of expectations of $15.3 billion.

And while risk aversion lured investors to safe havens, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note continued to climb closer to 3%, supporting the banking sector. Consequently, the financial sector of the S&P 500 is outperforming most of its peers with a 0.31% gain.

European bourses were mostly all trading lower with the exception of the UK's FTSE-100. British stocks got a boost from the weakening pound, which fell to a one-year low amid lingering concerns about the UK's split from the European Union.

Crude oil was down $2.69 to $66.48 per barrel. Natural gas was up $0.05 to $2.95 per 1 million BTU. Gold was down $0.70 to $1,217.80 an ounce, while silver was up $0.01 to $15.38 an ounce. Copper was down $0.002 to $2.75 per pound.

Among energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund was down 3.62% to $13.84 with the United States Natural Gas Fund was up 1.85% to $24.18. Among precious-metal funds, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF was down 0.20% to 20.61 while SPDR Gold Shares was down 0.02% to $114.57. The iShares Silver Trust was up 0.17% to $14.45.

Here's where the markets stand at mid-day:


NYSE Composite Index was down 14.43 points (-0.11%) to 12,984.96

Dow Jones Industrial Index was down 50.09 points (-0.20%) to 25,578.82

S&P 500 was unchanged at 2,857.66

Nasdaq Composite Index was up 3.70 points (+0.05%) to 7,887.70


FTSE 100 was up 58.17 points (+0.75%) to 7,776.65

DAX was down 14.65 points (-0.12%) to 12,633.54

CAC 40 was down 19.41 points (-0.35%) to 5,501.90

Nikkei 225 was down 18.43 points (-0.08%) to 22,644.31

Hang Seng Index was up 110.26 points (+0.39%) to 28,359.14

Shanghai China Composite Index was down 34.26 points (-1.23%) to 2,745.11


NYSE Energy Sector Index was down 134.89 points (-1.11%) to 12,005.60

NYSE Financial Sector Index was up 20.16 points (+0.25%) to 8,158.14

NYSE Healthcare Sector Index was up 19.88 points (+0.13%) to 15,562.25


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