Stocks traded near the same Friday, after initially edging lower following a weaker-than-expected rise in July retail sales raised questions about the sturdiness of the economys snapback from its pandemic-induced collapse in the spring.
Market participants were also bracing for a round of virtual trade talks in between the U.S. and China this weekend against a backdrop of rising stress in between the 2 nations.
What are major indexes doing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.12%.
was up 14 points, a move of less than 0.1%, at about 27,910, while the S&P 500.
SPX,.
+0.10%.
was 2 points, or less than 0.1%, greater at 3,376. The Nasdaq Composite.
COMP,.
-0.15%.
shed 31 points, or 0.3%, to trade near 11,012.
The Dow on Thursday fell 80.12 points, or 0.3%, to end at 27,896.72, while the S&P 500.
SPX,.
+0.10%.
lost 6.92 points, or 0.2%, to close at 3,373.43, after hitting an intraday peak at 3,387.24, briefly trading above its Feb. 19 closing record of 3,386.15. The Nasdaq Composite increased 30.27 points, or 0.3%, greater to close at 11,042.50. The major indexes stay on track for weekly gains.

DraftKings Inc
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DKNG,. -3.99%.
shares were off more than 6% after the business reported a wider-than-expected loss, though incomes topped Wall Street expectations. Pressure was likewise attributed to a Bloomberg report that the Internal Revenue Service will need fantasy sports companies to pay federal excise taxes on their entry costs.

Shares of Applied Materials Inc
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AMAT,. +4.61%.
increased 4% after the chip maker supplier late Thursday reported outcomes and an outlook that topped Wall Street forecasts.

How are other markets trading? In Asia over night Friday, Chinas CSI 300 index.
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+1.48%.
closed 1.5% greater, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index.
HSI,.
-0.18%.
slipped 0.2% and Japans Nikkei 225.
NIK,.
+0.17%.
gotten 0.2%.
In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Europe Index.
SXXP,.
-1.26%.
traded 1.2% lower and the FTSE 100.
UKX,.
-1.61%.
slumped 1.6%, after a comparable tumble in the previous session.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note.
TMUBMUSD10Y,.
0.707%.
was off 1 basis point at 0.704%. Bond costs move inversely to yields.
Gold rates.
GC00,.
-0.82%.
were under pressure, off 0.7% at $1,955.30 an ounce, following a 1.1% gain on Thursday. Crude-oil costs.
CLU20,.
-0.35%.
edged lower in peaceful trade, pressured by issues over the outlook for demand.
The greenback continued its slide, with the ICE U.S. Dollar Index,.
DXY,.
-0.25%.
a gauge of the buck against a half-dozen significant competitors, down 0.2% to 93.11.

Whats driving the market? Retail sales increased 1.2% in July, the 3rd straight monthly increase but weaker than the 2% rise anticipated by financial experts surveyed by MarketWatch. Omitting automobiles and gasoline, sales rose 1.5%, beating expectations for a 1.1% boost. June sales were modified greater.
Meanwhile, experts stated the continued deadlock in between congressional Democrats and the White House over a coronavirus help package could be restricting upside for the marketplace. Settlements to extend measures, consisting of $600 a week in additional unemployment advantages, that ended at the end of July have stayed stalled because the end of last week. President Donald Trump last weekend signed executive orders that would partially extend some steps however those face concerns about their legality and logistics.
” We have had current great news on the tasks front and retail sales in July are up from a year back. In the risk category is customer confidence which has been deteriorating in recent weeks with worry that a much needed fiscal assistance bundle may not occur,” said David Donabedian, chief investment officer of CIBC Private Wealth Management.
” Income support from the government has actually been critical and there is a huge risk to the economy and the stock market if it does not continue,” he stated.
Economists warned that the retail data suggested consumer spending had lost some steam, highlighting fears of a further downturn.
The information “underscores that wary consumers have turned more mindful amidst a virus revival and fading stimulus assistance,” said Lydia Boussour, senior economic expert at Oxford Economics. She stated the information likewise matches up with a stall in the firms own recovery tracker, verifying that “consumers are likely to keep a tight rein on their spending up until a medical solution to the pandemic is discovered.”.
Virtual talks in between U.S. and Chinese authorities this weekend are indicated to evaluate Chinas compliance with the stage one trade offer concurred last year. Anxiousness surrounds the talks provided growing stress over Chinas actions in Hong Kong and other issues.
The tone for global equities wasnt helped by a 1.1% decrease in Chinese retail sales in July, versus expectations for a flat reading.
In other information, second-quarter productivity increased by 7.3%, while system labor expenses jumped 12.2%. Economists were looking for a 1.4% performance rise and an 8.7% increase in expenses.
July commercial production saw a 3% increase, topping forecasts for a boost of 2.7%, though the index stays far below pre-pandemic levels. Capacity usage last month increased to 70.6% from 68.5% in June, versus expectations for a reading of 70.5%.
An initial reading on the University of Michigans August consumer sentiment index came in at 72.8 compared to expectations for 72.
Which business are in focus? Legendary Games, the maker of “Fortnite” introduced a legal fight with Apple Inc
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and Google parent Alphabet Inc
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GOOG,.
-0.31%.
GOOGL,. -0.32%,. accusing the tech giants of illegally exploiting a monopoly on app and in-app purchases.

The Nasdaq Composite rose 30.27 points, or 0.3%, greater to close at 11,042.50. Retail sales rose 1.2% in July, the third straight monthly increase however weaker than the 2% rise forecast by financial experts surveyed by MarketWatch. Omitting autos and fuel, sales rose 1.5%, beating expectations for a 1.1% boost. Settlements to extend steps, including $600 a week in extra unemployment advantages, that ended at the end of July have actually remained stalled given that the end of last week. -0.32%,.

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