Market News and Commentary August 30

Trump Says Mueller Investigation Is ‘Illegal.’ Trump Will Fire Sessions. Labor Day gas prices hit 4-year high — and probably won’t drop much after the holiday. Argentina’s Peso plunges to record low. Report: Trump team preparing Mueller probe ‘counter-report.’ Trump threatens to pull U.S. out of WTO if it doesn’t ‘shape up.’ NYT: Trump tried to buy, bury decades of dirt from National Enquirer.

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Market News and Commentary August 29

Stocks Rally To New Highs But September Could Bring Negative Shocks. World stock index at five-and-a-half-month high as tech rallies, trade fears wane. Trump, without evidence, blames China for hacking Clinton emails. Stunned beach goers watch as ANOTHER boat full of African migrants washes up in Spain before dozens of young men rush on to shore to cheers. Trump warns not to trust ‘anonymous sources’ – So does CNN’s guide to spotting fake news. FBI pushes back on Trump’s false claims about Clinton’s email server.

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Market News and Commentary August 28

Alan Dershowitz: Robert Mueller ‘Gearing Up’ To Subpoena Trump. President pressures Canada on trade as he announces deal with Mexico. Trump warned evangelical leaders of ‘violence’ if GOP loses midterms: report. Trump: Facebook, Twitter, Google are ‘treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. U.S. Congress skeptical of Trump’s Mexico trade deal.

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Market News and Commentary August 27

Trump Announces ‘Incredible’ Trade Deal With Mexico. U.S. crude rises 15 cents, settling at $68.87, as trade worries, rising output cap gains. World stock index at highest in over 5 months on trade deal. John McCain, in final message before death, says ‘do not despair of our present difficulties.’ Markets may be signaling rising recession risk: Fed study. Dow jumps more than 250 points, Nasdaq hits 8,000 as U.S. and Mexico strike trade deal.

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Market News and Commentary August 26

John McCain: Vietnam Veteran And Six-Term Senator Dies At 81. Trump says Mexico trade deal near; NAFTA hurdles seen easing. Powell sets Fed’s course with data-based judgment. Trump’s trade policies raise alarms at Fed’s Jackson Hole retreat. Expert: ISIS’ Al-Baghdadi alive, plotting terror resurgence. Roger Stone predicts Mueller will indict Donald Trump Jr. on process crime.

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Market News and Commentary August 25

The U.S. Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans And They Are Truly Terrifying. Trump organization could face criminal charges from Manhattan D.A. Oil prices move higher as Iran supply issue looms. Oil rises as China demand resumes, signs that Iran supply curbed. Trump’s war on the justice system threatens to erode trust in the Law. U.S. softens its demand for NAFTA ‘sunset clause’: Mexican official.

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Market News and Commentary August 24

Allen Weisselberg, Longtime Trump Organization CFO, Is Granted Immunity In Cohen Probe. Trump recently sought his lawyers’ advice on possibility of pardoning Manafort, Giuliani says. U.S.-China trade war escalates as new tariffs kick in. Durable-goods orders fall for 3rd time in 4 months. S&P 500 and Nasdaq close at record highs as Netflix jumps. Trump says Pompeo won’t go to North Korea, criticizes denuclearization progress. Fed chair finally responds to Trump’s attacks over rate hikes. Manafort tried to get the U.S. military kicked out of Central Asia to help Russia.

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Market News and Commentary August 23

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back Against Trump: ‘Actions Of DOJ Will Not Be Improperly Influenced By Political Considerations.’ National Enquirer boss and longtime Trump friend David Pecker gets federal immunity in Michael Cohen case. Graham: Trump will ‘very likely’ fire Sessions after midterms.

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Market News and Commentary August 22

Euro Up Dollar Down, Great Trade Setting Up. Michael Cohen pleads guilty, says he paid hush money at Donald Trump’s direction. Trump: 80 percent of the press is fake news. Fed minutes show support for September rate hike, and suggest trade dispute could then force a pause. Trump didn’t inform McGahn of hush-money payments in 2016: report. Saudi Arabia has called off Aramco float, report suggests. Russia is still attacking the U.S. and trying to help Trump.

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Market News and Commentary August 21

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Former Longtime Personal Attorney, Reaches A Plea Deal. Trump demands Fed help on economy, complains about interest rate rises. Dallas Fed’s Kaplan sees three or four more rate hikes to get to neutral. Dollar falls, emerging markets rally after Trump’s Fed attack. S&P hits record high, equals longest-ever bull run. Dallas Fed president says three or four more rate hikes then ‘assess’ course ahead. Paul Manafort found guilty in federal trial.

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Market News and Commentary August 20

Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani: Truth Isn’t Truth. Democrats’ chances of regaining House are improving but it’s no sure bet. James Comey: ‘Truth exists and truth matters’. China shifts to Iranian tankers to keep oil flowing amid U.S. sanctions: Report. Mike Mullen: Trump revoking security clearances reminiscent of enemies list during Nixon, McCarthy era. Cautious optimism for U.S.-China trade talks lifts shares. U.S. offers 11 million barrels of oil for sale from strategic reserve.

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Market News and Commentary August 19

Retired Adm. William H. McRaven Blasted The President For Revoking Former CIA Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance This Week. Michael Hayden says he, too, would be honored if Trump revoked his security clearance. Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by US. Trump revokes John Brennan’s security clearance for “erratic” behavior. Trump compares Mueller probe to McCarthyism. Greek bailout ends, but fears remain for eurozone debt. Hayden: WH-Intel community relationship in danger of being ‘permanently broken.’

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Market News and Commentary August 18

Mortgage Rates Tumble As Housing Starts To Drag Down The Economy. Trump asks SEC to mull half-year corporate filings. Prisoners striking in 17 states over prison conditions. Bannon: If Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting ‘you have to question it.’ Dozens of intelligence officials slam Trump for revoking security clearances from his critics. Maduro orders 96 percent devaluation in hyperinflation-stricken Venezuela. Ex-CIA Director John Brennan: Trump is ‘drunk on power.’ White House counsel McGahn cooperated ‘extensively’ with special counsel probe.

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Market News and Commentary August 16

Trump Says He Is In ‘No Rush’ To Renegotiate Nafta. U.S., China to resume trade talks as tariffs bite. Ex-Trump aide Manafort had ‘huge dumpster of hidden money,’ jury told. Newspapers across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on press. Worst case Trump-China trade war could sink stock market 20%: Professor Jeremy Siegel. Larry Kudlow to Trump Cabinet: China’s ‘terrible’ economy ‘heading south’ Munchin says. Turkey faces more sanctions if Pastor not released.

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Market News and Commentary August 15

Stocks Tumble; Emerging Markets Hit As Dollar Rises, Yuan Falls. Qatar pledges $15 billion investment in Turkey amid crisis. Mueller probe doesn’t need to shut down before midterms, officials say. Paul Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Market News and Commentary August 14

Omarosa Says She Will Provide Mueller With Tapes If He Needs As She Claims. Trump knew in advance that Wikileaks was publishing Hillary Clinton’s emails. FBI warns banks about potential ATM hacking scheme. Turkey’s crushing annual inflation rate is running at an estimated 101%. Bank sped up Manafort loan approval as CEO sought Trump cabinet job: witness. Manafort’s lawyer: Government did not meet burden of proof. Fed is no longer worried about every market hiccup, economist Lavorgna says.

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Market News and Commentary August 13

Turkey’s Currency Crisis Is Rattling Europe Bank Stocks And The Euro. Merkel and Putin to hold talks on new Baltic pipeline and Syria. Consumers turning more pessimistic about wages, stocks, home prices, taxes. Citigroup says global card chief Linville leaving in shakeup. Cash machines could be mass-hacked in global cyber attack, FBI warns.

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Market News and Commentary August 12

A Move In Crude Oil To $50 Could Come As Quickly As A Surge Above $100, Says Veteran Oil Investor. Seattle-Tacoma plane hijacker ‘had full airport credentials.’ Plane thief said he trained on games, didn’t plan to land. Top U.S. Gen. warns: Islamic State in Afghanistan ‘harboring intentions’ to attack west.

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Market News and Commentary August 11

ECB Fears Contagion From Turkish Lira Collapse, Bank Stocks Plunge. Italy should scrap balanced budget clause in constitution – Di Maio. Trump will fold if Mueller calls his bluff. Giuliani is the tell. Stolen plane crashes after unauthorized takeoff at Seattle airport: Officials. British mother jailed in Dubai with four-year-old daughter over wine and visa row. Man who stole doomed plane hoped there was life sentence for what he did.

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Market News and Commentary August 10

Lira Collapses As Erdogan Tells Turks: They Have ‘Their Dollars,’ We Have ‘Our God.’ European shares tumble as Turkish turmoil hits banks. Traders are expecting a big stock market move soon: ‘There are a lot of bets across the table.’ Half of Americans see market swings as opportunities to cash in.

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Market News and Commentary August 9

U.S. Mid-Term Elections: Women Break Records For Nominations. WikiLeaks: Senate wants Julian Assange to testify about Russia, and it just might happen. Dems out-performing in special elections by 8 percent. U.S. finalizes next China tariff list targeting $16 billion in imports. Russia slams “unacceptable” new U.S. sanctions. Italy’s economy minister sees higher deficit.

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Market News and Commentary August 8

Oil Prices Drop On China Import Data, Weighing On Equities. Iran’s foreign minister: U.S. will not stop Iran oil exports: newspaper. China to slap additional tariffs on $16 billion of U.S. goods. EIA: U.S. crude inventories decrease 1.4 million bbl. Over $9 billion wiped off bitcoin’s value after SEC postpones key decision on a cryptocurrency ETF. U.S. sanctions threat hurts Russian banks, rouble.

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Market News and Commentary August 7

Star Witness Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Manafort. National debt is about to roar back to life as a pressing issue. China has outspent the U.S. by $24 billion in 5G technology since 2015, study shows. Oil rises after OPEC sources say Saudi crude output fell. Michael Cohen under investigation for possible tax fraud. This report of Trump’s commerce secretary stealing $120 million makes perfect sense.

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Market News and Commentary August 6

Trump Signs Executive Order Issuing Sanctions On Iran Including Oil. U.S. is set to implement more sanctions on Iran, others to follow on Nov. 4. U.S. sees sanctions having significant impact on Iran economy – U.S. officials. U.S. wants as many countries as possible to stop buying Iranian oil. New wave of mega LNG projects is approaching. Oil gains after surprise drop in Saudi crude output. British pound at 11-month low versus dollar as Brexit fears flare up.

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Market News and Commentary August 5

Iran Guards Says It Held Gulf Drills As U.S. Tensions Rise. Trump changes rationale behind son’s controversial 2016 Trump Tower meeting, but calls it ‘totally legal.’ Sen. Rubio: Allowing Mueller to finish Is ‘best’ for all. Trump voicing concerns about son being entangled in Mueller probe.

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Market News and Commentary August 4

Saudi Arabia To Resume Oil Exports Through Red Sea Lane. U.S. warns Russia, China and others on enforcing North Korea sanctions Chinese tariffs on LNG. Oil aim at U.S. energy dominance agenda. Gold ends at more-than-1-year low as dollar shifts higher for the week. Trump’s reluctance to call out Russia for interference muddies U.S. response. Some Republicans worry Trump is muddling midterm strategy. Wells Fargo says mistake led to hundreds of foreclosures.

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Market News and Commentary August 3

Iran To Practice Blockading Strait Of Hormuz As Saudis Say Mandeb Strait Is No Longer Safe. Crude oil prices gain in volatile week. New jobs report indicates Trump’s ‘best economy in history’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Trump administration adds to China trade pressure with higher tariff plan. Bond yields, stocks fall as trade fears spread to Europe. Gold ends at more-than-1-year low as dollar shifts higher for the week. Reality check: Trump’s reluctance to call out Russia for interference muddies U.S. response.

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Market News and Commentary August 2

Iran Readying Massive Military Exercise In Persian Gulf: Officials. Trump tells Sessions to end Russia probe ‘right now.’ Apple is within striking distance of $1,000,000,000,000. Trump set to hike tariff threat against China. Trump pushes for interview with Mueller against lawyers’ advice. Gold ends at more-than-1-year low as dollar shifts higher for the week.

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Market News and Commentary August 1

Trump Tells Jeff Sessions To Put An End To Russia Probe As He Claims Prosecutors Doing Robert Mueller’s ‘Dirty Work Are A Disgrace’ To America. Forget collusion. Conspiracy’s the watchword in Mueller’s filings. Apple is within striking distance of $1,000,000,000,000. Huawei tops Apple as No. 2 smart phone seller. Pence affirms ‘Russia meddled in our 2016 elections,’ lays out plans to prevent it from happening again. Huawei beats Apple in smart phone sales for the first time. China vows retaliation if Trump slaps 25 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese imports.

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