Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended in positive territory Thursday as investors moved to discount increased trade-war saber-rattling from China.
- Shares of Palo Alto Networks (PANW - Get Report) tumbled after the cyber security company issued weaker-than-expected guidance.
- PVH (PVH - Get Report) shares fell after the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brand owner trimmed its full-year earnings outlook.
Wall Street Overview
Stocks searched for direction Thursday before ending modestly up as investors sought to discount China's latest moves to dig in for a protracted trade war with the United States.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 43 points, or 0.17%, to 25,170, the S&P 500 climbed 0.21%, and the Nasdaq advanced 0.27%.
U.S. stocks have retreated more than 5.5% so far in May on concerns that Beijing's threat of tariff and trade reprisals for President Trump's increased tariffs on Chinese made goods could mean a protracted trade war.
"We finally had a 5% pullback, but the bad news is June can be a tricky month for stocks," said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist for LPL Financial. "Going back the past 20 years, only September has been worse on average, and returns have been quite poor in June after a big drop in May."
China on Thursday accused the Trump administration of committing "economic terrorism," CNN reported, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs charging the White House had "brought huge damage to the economy of other countries and the U.S. itself."
Amid other signs of increasing tension, Bloomberg reported that China has halted soy purchases from the U.S. And CNBC reported that Vice President Mike Pence is planning a hawkish speech around the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre June 4th.
The 10-year Treasury yield was at 2.21% late Thursday. Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence, said the drop in yields this week indicates that investors are moving defensively into Treasurys and away from equities.
Stock market pullbacks are typically brief without a recession, said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network, adding that the signs say "no recession any time soon."
"We have never had a recession with job growth where it is," McMillan said. "We have never had a recession when consumer confidence is this high...We have never had a recession with business confidence where it is. And we have never had a recession without an initial yield curve inversion. So, will we have a recession? At some point, certainly. But right now we are at a yellow light, not a red one."
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The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000 for the week ended May 25. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.
Pending home sales fell a seasonally adjusted 1.5% in April and were 2% lower than a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. April marked the 16th-straight month of annual declines.