Saturday, March 25, 2017

Today's Headlines

  • U.S. Stocks Post Worst Week Since Election as Health Bill Fails. The Trump Trade just took a big hit. U.S. stocks fell the most since the week leading up to the U.S. election as President Donald Trump suffered a major setback when he was forced to pull his health-care bill from a vote amid dissent among congressional Republicans. Investors also turned to bonds as U.S. Treasuries rallied for the second week. Both conservatives and moderates opposed the bill even after Trump met personally with scores of lawmakers and traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to address House Republicans. The setback also cast doubt on the president’s ability to shepherd other parts of his agenda, including promised tax cuts and regulatory reform, through Congress. The S&P 500 lost 1.4 percent to end at 2,343.98, its second weekly decline this month. While the benchmark for American equities hasn’t posted a daily 1-percent gain in more than three weeks, it’s down just 2.2 percent from its record high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.5 percent to 20,596.72 as small-cap stocks in the Russell 200 Index erased 2.7 percent.
  • Mexico Will Hedge Oil Export Prices for Next Year, Rubio Says. Mexico plans “without a doubt" to protect the country against low crude prices for next year, Deputy Finance Minister Vanessa Rubio said in an interview, in a continuation of what’s become the world’s largest commodities hedging program. The amount of Mexico’s export basket to be protected through market operations, versus through its stabilization fund, has yet to be determined, Rubio said in an interview on the sidelines of a banking conference in Acapulco. All options are open to reduce volatility of the peso, which is undervalued when economic fundamentals are taken into account, Rubio added. Mexico, the world’s 11th-largest oil producer, spent $1 billion last year to buy put options that lock in an average price for its exports this year, and set aside close to $1 billion more from its budget stabilization fund to effectively guarantee oil revenue of $42 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery closed Friday at $47.97 a barrel.
  • Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident. Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises.
Wall Street Journal:
  • Had bullish commentary on (VIAB), (GM) and (YHOO).
  • Had bearish commentary on (SPG).
Zero Hedge:

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