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Stocks Erase Gains With Stimulus Odds Still Long: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks turned lower as investors rewarded positive corporate earnings but remained on edge as aid talks showed little progress and coronavirus cases rose. The dollar strengthened.The S&P 500 retreated, with technology shares leading the decline. Tesla Inc. climbed after the electric carmaker reported a fifth consecutive quarter of profits. AT&T Inc. advanced after the phone giant added more wireless subscribers than analysts estimated. Luxury handbags and scarves house Hermes International rose after surpassing analysts’ sales estimates on a rebound in demand from Asia.“Earnings are heating up and they are generally coming in healthy and better than expected. But with the stimulus saga dragging on and the election looming, macro influences will continue to dominate market internals until there’s some clarity on stimulus and the election,” Tom Essaye, a former Merrill Lynch trader who founded “The Sevens Report” newsletter, wrote in a note.In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index began the day in the red, but pared losses later in the session to trade little changed, helped by gains in travel and retail stocks. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slid 0.6%. Gold declined, and copper slipped after topping $7,000 a ton for the first time in more than two years.“There is increasingly a recognition that no fiscal package agreement ahead of the election is likely,” said James McCormick, global head of desk strategy at NatWest Markets. “The Covid-19 resurgence is certainly a background issue for risk assets, but the fiscal debate in the U.S. has been the main short-term question.”U.S. shares closed lower on Wednesday after a volatile session amid signs that a stimulus package is unlikely to become law before the election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made progress in their latest talks and will speak again Thursday even as the odds remained long for a deal that could pass in the Senate.With no meaningful progress on fiscal policy, markets “are reacting to the heightened political instability that comes with the confirmation of efforts to manipulate the presidential race,” said Eleanor Creagh, Sydney-based strategist at Saxo Capital Markets. “The ability for either candidate to seize upon accusations of foreign interference is heightened and raises the probability of a contested outcome, particularly as the race could be closer than polls currently indicate.”Around the world, there is also increasing evidence that the pandemic is worsening. German infections have jumped to a record and Spain’s heath minister said the spread of coronavirus is out of control in certain parts of the country. U.S. hospitalizations for Covid-19 have reached a two-month high.Here are some key events coming up:The final presidential debate before the U.S. election, between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, will be live from Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.These are some of the main market moves:StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 0.2% as of 10:30 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dropped 0.4%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index decreased 0.6%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.2%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.2% to 1,162.08.The euro fell 0.3% to $1.1819.The British pound decreased 0.4% to $1.3093.The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 104.70 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries was flat at 0.82%.The yield on two-year Treasuries was unchanged at 0.15%.Germany’s 10-year yield declined less than one basis point to -0.59%.Britain’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to 0.262%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.4% to $40.15 a barrel.Gold weakened 1% to $1,906.22 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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