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Stocks Flirt With New High on Earnings, Trade Talk: Markets Wrap

Claire Ballentine and Sarah Ponczek

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. equities hovered near record highs Tuesday before closing mostly lower as investors digested the latest earnings and economic data while awaiting more news about trade talks between America and China. Ten-year Treasury yields hit their highest since September, oil rose for a third day, and gold slipped below $1,500 an ounce.

The S&P 500 Index declined from Monday’s record, with financial and energy shares leading gainers, while health-care and real estate firms lagged. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to a fresh record. News that U.S. service industries expanded more than forecast in October triggered a brief equity rally but dimmed hopes for a December rate cut from the Federal Reserve. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index nudged higher.

Investors have been in a more bullish mood lately amid signs of progress in the trade war, which is alleviating one of the biggest headaches for markets as they approach year-end. Add in solid earnings and rebounding growth expectations, and a risk-on rotation has been taking hold. In the latest trade news, China is reviewing locations in the U.S. where President Xi Jinping would be willing to meet with President Donald Trump to sign a pact, people familiar with the plans said.

“There was some enthusiasm around the trade headlines and people are just taking a step back and remembering that that story-line is very hard to predict,” said Craig Birk, chief investment officer at Personal Capital, which oversees $10 billion. “There’s just as much risk as there is cause for optimism on the so called phase one deal attempting to be hammered out.”

Meanwhile, markets got further support after China’s central bank reduced the cost of one-year funds to banks for the first time since 2016, easing concerns about tightening liquidity. And Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda suggested his nation could issue more super-long term bonds, reflecting a desire for a steeper yield curve.

Japanese shares led gains as Tokyo traders caught up after a long weekend, with more modest advances in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul. Australia’s dollar rose after its central bank left interest rates unchanged and said past easing steps are offering support.

Here are some key events coming up this week:

Earnings are due from companies including: SoftBank and BMW on Wednesday; Walt Disney, Toyota, Deutsche Telekom on Thursday.Regional Federal Reserve presidents including Charles Evans, John Williams and Patrick Harker speak at events on Wednesday.A Bank of England monetary decision is due Thursday.The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report for November comes out Friday.

These are the main moves in markets:

--With assistance from Ishika Mookerjee, Abhishek Vishnoi, Andreea Papuc and Yakob Peterseil.

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