U.S benchmarks are eyeing a strong finish to the week after the S&P 500 closed at the highest level since Jan. 29, the session in which it set its all-time. Amazon beat earnings estimates yesterday after the bell and its gain of 4% premarket has helped the Nasdaq shrug off Facebook’s record loss as it trades more than 1% from yesterday’s low.
Big oil is back, and we have earnings today but so is big LNG. OK, maybe the market for Liquefied Natural gas isn’t big yet but it is going to be. President Donald Trump boasted that “Europe will be a massive buyer of U.S. LNG as they will be able to diversify their energy supply.” Some dismissed the comments as not likely, but those who did are thinking small or not looking at the big picture. In coming generations, the United States will be the LNG supplier to the world.
Market sentiment received a solid boost after US President Donald Trump obtained concessions from the European Union to avert a transatlantic trade war. The United States and Europe have reached a deal to work towards “zero tariffs, barriers and subsidies on non-auto industrial goods” in a bid to defuse escalating trade tensions.
Yesterday was the definition of what we have been preaching all week. There are many themes playing out but none more important than earnings. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq began ripping higher into the close on news that President Trump agreed to suspend implementing tariffs on the EU, most importantly on autos, after meeting with European Commission President Juncker.
Yesterday was a mixed yet disappointing session with all major indices finishing well from their highs. Though the S&P 500 and Dow held green, the Nasdaq settled down 14.25 points and 1% from a new record high while the Russell 2000 lost 1.2% on the session.
Farmers looking ahead to harvest should get hedged even though President Trump will use a Great Depression-era program to pay up to $12 billion to help U.S. farmers through the trade war talks. Maybe Willie Nelson should come play at the Trade talks with President Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Any sign that Trump and Juncker can lay the groundwork for a trade deal could set oil, distillate, grains and metals on a tear.