Financials drag on Wall Street as Trump agenda weighed | Reuters
By Lewis Krauskopf Wall Street fell on Monday, dragged down by financial shares, but rebounded from steeper initial losses as investors assessed how the defeat of President Donald Trump's first major legislative action would impact the rest of his agenda.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was on pace for its eighth straight session of declines, which would be the longest such streak in nearly six years. With stocks soaring to record highs after Trump's election, investors are concerned about the fate of his agenda, including tax reform and infrastructure spending
By Lewis Krauskopf
Wall Street fell on Monday, dragged down by financial shares, but rebounded from steeper initial losses as investors assessed how the defeat of President Donald Trump's first major legislative action would impact the rest of his agenda.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was on pace for its eighth straight session of declines, which would be the longest such streak in nearly six years. With stocks soaring to record highs after Trump's election, investors are concerned about the fate of his agenda, including tax reform and infrastructure spending. Congressional Republicans pulled their healthcare overhaul bill on Friday after failing to gather enough votes.But some analysts and investors are hopeful the healthcare bill's failure will pave the way for quicker action on legislation deemed desirable by investors, namely tax reform."The market is still cautiously optimistic that the Trump White House will be able to push through many of their pro-business policies, and I think a lot of people are hopeful the Trump rally can continue through at least the middle of the year," said Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow Asset Management in Tulsa.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 69.64 points, or 0.34 percent, to 20,527.08, and the S&P 500 .SPX lost 6.18 points, or 0.26 percent, to 2,337.8.The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 2.93 points, or 0.05 percent, to 5,831.67.The benchmark S&P 500 had declined as much as 0.9 percent initially on Monday and briefly breached its 50-day moving average for the first time since just after the Nov 8 U.S. presidential election.
The S&P 500 has climbed more than 9 percent since Trump's election, but the rally has stalled recently."With the economy continuing to improve, I would look at any pullback as a buying opportunity at this point in time," said Mark Watkins, regional investment manager at the Private Client Group at U.S. Bank.The S&P 500 financial sector .SPSY fell 0.8 percent, while the telecoms group .SPLRCL fell 0.9 percent.
Healthcare .SPXHC climbed 0.4 percent, helped by hospital stocks after the healthcare bill's failure.In corporate news, Snap Inc (SNAP.N) shares jumped 6 percent after several of the Snapchat owner's IPO underwriters gave it "buy" ratings.Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.46-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.07-to-1 ratio favored decliners.The S&P 500 posted 11 new 52-week highs and 7 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 48 new highs and 49 new lows. (Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva and Nick Zieminski)
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By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States
BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.