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Thu, Jul 19th, 2018
IRS nominee clears Senate panel despite Democrat opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee narrowly approved on a party-line vote President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS, with the panel's Democrats protesting the nomination...

Rosenstein defends charging foreign agents US can't arrest

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S....

A glance at US mortgage rates

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week.

Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department sought feedback on President Donald Trump's plans to consider taxing auto imports. It got an earful at an all-day hearing Thursday.

Disney streaming could get boost as Comcast drops Fox bid

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men....

NFLX : 364.23 (-2.91%)
CMCSA : 34.91 (+2.56%)
T : 31.27 (-1.39%)
DIS : 112.13 (+1.30%)
Banks weaken, but small-company stocks hold up well

NEW YORK (AP) — Trade issues again weighed on the market Thursday as representatives of the auto industry told Congress they opposed tariffs on imported cars and car parts being proposed by the Trump...

IBM : 149.24 (+3.27%)
CMCSA : 34.91 (+2.56%)
GM : 39.31 (-1.40%)
ARNC : 19.17 (-2.59%)
Melania Trump listens to students talk about online civility

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump spent part of Thursday listening to more than a dozen teens talk about their best practices for being civil online.

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

NEW YORK (AP) — Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not.

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Banks and other large U.S. stocks fell Thursday, but smaller companies climbed, which made for a mixed finish on Wall Street. Representatives of the auto industry addressed Congress and spoke out against...

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.

EBay and American Express slide; Comcast and IBM climb

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:

AA : 41.56 (-13.34%)
CMCSA : 34.91 (+2.56%)
PM : 80.90 (-1.52%)
AXP : 100.17 (-2.73%)
Markets Right Now: Banks weigh on large-stock indexes

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

PM : 80.90 (-1.52%)
Trump's pick to run consumer watchdog faces skeptical Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump's nominee to take over the nation's consumer watchdog agency exasperated some Democrats with vague answers at a Senate hearing Thursday, but Kathy Kraninger appears...

High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude...

Papa John's notes inquiry after reports of sexist behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's says it is already investigating and will take action if necessary as a report says founder John Schnatter oversaw a culture where women were subject to sexist behavior.

EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers — that is, if cellphone manufacturers...

GOOGL : 1,199.10 (-1.14%)
With Comcast out, how Disney's empire will look with Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mouse House is getting close to catching the Fox.

NFLX : 364.23 (-2.91%)
DIS : 112.13 (+1.30%)
CMCSA : 34.91 (+2.56%)
Average US mortgage rates dip; 30-year at 4.52 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week.

3-D technology to be tested for carry-on bags at JFK Airport

NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York will soon experience a test of more advanced, three-dimensional imaging to screen carry-on bags.

The Latest: Watchdog nominee fails to sway Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation hearing for Kathy Kraninger (all times local):

Barchart Morning Call

Overnight Markets and NewsSep E-mini S&Ps (ESU18 -0.27%) this morning are down -0.26% and European stocks are down -0.22% as global stocks and commodities fall on signs that world trade tensions are not going away anytime soon. China's foreign... Read More

Chart of the Day

Arbutus Biopharma Cp (ABUS)

The Barchart Chart of the Day belongs to Arbutus Biopharma (ABUS). I found the biopharmceutical stock by using Barchart to sort the Top 100 Stocks list first by the most frequent number of new highs in the last month then again by technical buy sign...
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Agricharts Market Commentary

Today's Commentary

Corn futures saw 2 to 4 cent gains in most contracts on Thursday, closing higher for the fourth day straight. This morning’s FAS export report indicated that 640,997 MT of old crop corn was sold in the week that ended on 7/12, with 774,488 MT f...
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Alan Brugler writes this daily agricultural markets overview with opening, midday and closing comments directed at the gain and meat Ag markets.

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