Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Today's Headlines

  • China Stocks Climb Most Since August as Materials Firms Advance. Chinese stocks jumped the most in more than seven months as materials and industrial companies led gains on optimism plans for a new economic zone near Beijing will boost earnings. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.5 percent at the close after a two-day holiday. Hesteel Co. and Beijing Orient Landscape & Environment Co. both surged by the daily limit. The Shenzhen Composite Index added 1.9 percent for its biggest jump since Oct. 10. Foreign investors bought a net 1.07 billion yuan ($155.2 million) of shares through the trading link with Hong Kong.
  • Europe Stocks Little Changed as Energy Shares Rally, Autos Fall. (video) The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose less than 0.1 percent at the close. Stocks advanced as much as 0.4 percent earlier in the day after a private report on hiring showed a surge in U.S. payrolls last month. The benchmark is still up for the sixth time in seven trading days, having completed its third straight quarterly gain last week. Miners on Wednesday advanced for a second day as copper prices climbed, while energy shares tracked an advance in oil.
  • Fed Favors Plan to Start Shrinking Balance Sheet Later in 2017. Most Federal Reserve officials said they backed a policy change that would begin shrinking the central bank’s $4.5 trillion balance sheet later this year, as they reiterated their outlook for gradual interest-rate increases. “Most participants anticipated that gradual increases in the federal funds rate would continue and judged that a change to the committee’s reinvestment policy would likely be appropriate later this year,” according to minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee’s March 14-15 meeting released Wednesday in Washington. “Many participants emphasized that reducing the size of the balance sheet should be conducted in a passive and predictable manner,” the minutes showed.
  • Cooperman Sees Stocks Gradually Rising on Solid Economic Data. Hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman, who has been ordered to face an insider-trading lawsuit, expects a gradual increase in stocks even after a market rally following the U.S. presidential election in November. “I think the market is not over valued, it’s reasonably fully valued,” Cooperman, founder of Omega Advisors, told CNBC Wednesday. “There are plenty of risks out there. Corporate debt levels and political uncertainty. Are we going to get a tax package through Congress?” Cooperman forecast that the market will be modestly higher by year’s end. The S&P 500 Index has risen about 11 percent since the election of President Donald Trump.
  • White House Tallies $10 Billion Saved by Repeal of Regulations. (video) The White House estimates it will save $10 billion over 20 years by having rescinded 11 Obama-era regulations under a relatively obscure 1996 law that lets Congress fast-track repeal legislation with a simple majority. The window to invoke the Congressional Review Act is April 28 and the Trump administration is hopeful that several other measures will pass both houses of Congress and reach the president’s desk before that date, Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, told reporters Wednesday.
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