- The index for American blue chips took the round-number milestone after a handful of rallies fell short in the past month. It was the second-fastest 1,000-point trip in its history. European equities jumped the most since Nov. 9, swept up in trades favoring banks and cyclical companies. The yield on 10-year Treasury notes topped 2.50 percent. The Mexican peso slumped after Donald Trump said he plans to unveil actions that include steps toward building a border wall. Oil fell on increased U.S. stockpiles.
- China’s frequent tweaks to monetary policy are puzzling market watchers. In recent weeks, the People’s Bank of China has been using lending tools to both tighten and loosen liquidity as authorities seek to curb leverage while preventing a cash squeeze before the country’s biggest annual holiday starts on Friday. “I’m very confused," Tim Orchard, Fidelity International’s chief investment officer for Asia Pacific excluding Japan, said at a briefing in Hong Kong. "They’re trying to send signals the whole time and trying to micromanage the economy. That looks like a bit of a muddle sometimes when you’re looking at it from the outside.”
- Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass likened President Donald Trump’s trade and tax policies to gasoline -- hastening an economic restructuring in China while stimulating capital investment and growth in the U.S. China has “recklessly built a system that’s going to need to restructure and that just so happens to be metastasizing right when Trump becomes elected,” Bass told Bloomberg Television’s Erik Schatzker on Wednesday. “This is a fire that’s been smoldering and it’s now starting to burn, and Trump is just more gasoline.”
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- Trump Border Wall Announcement Builds More Resentment in Mexico. The details of the plan for the wall would come as Mexican ministers meet with Trump officials to discuss relations.
- Quick Construction of a Border Wall Draws Scant Support from U.S. Public.
- Amazon(AMZN) Expands Into Ocean Freight. Move marks online retail giant’s latest step in effort to build out its delivery business.
- Facebook(FB) Moves to Curtail "Fake News" on ‘Trending’ Feature. Only topics that have been covered by a significant number of credible publishers to be surfaced.
- French Prosecutor Opens Probe into Pay of Front-Runner Francois Fillon’s Wife. Allegations that Penelope Fillon received aide’s salary without doing work pull conservative presidential candidate into potential crisis.
- DOW HITS 20,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME: Trump trade points to 21,000. (video)
- Markets are churning higher, and one sector leads the way — again. (video)
- Goldman Sachs(GS) believes these stocks will lead the Dow to its next milestone.
- Department stores need to close 800 locations to restore their 2006 productivity.
- He Is Building That Wall: Trump Signs Executive Orders On Border Security, Immigration Enforcement.
- Google Permanently Bans 200 "Fake News" Sites.
- Trump Says Construction Of Wall With Mexico To Begin "In Months".
- In "Radical Overhaul" Harvard Endowment To Fire Half, Close Internal Hedge Funds, Outsource Asset Management.
- Trump To Launch "Major Investigation Into Voter Fraud".
- Austin Becomes Ground Zero For Sanctuary City Battle As Texas Governor Vows To Cut State Funding.
- WTI, RBOB Surge Despite Plunging Demand, Soaring Inventories, Rising Production. (graph)
- Furious Environmentalists Vow Trump Will See "Wall Of Resistance Like He Never Imagined".
- Chinese 10Y Bond Yields Set For Biggest Monthly Jump Since 2010. (graph)
- What Is Behind Today's Market Euphoria: JPM Explains.