Trade Tensions Weigh on Markets

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Stocks dipped on Friday as tensions between China and the U.S. offset the increasing optimism around a potential coronavirus vaccine.

The Dow Jones Industrials lost another 119.96 points to move into noon EDT at 24,354.16.

The S&P 500 docked 7.32 points to 2,941.19.

The NASDAQ skidded 7.51 points to 9,277.38.

Monday, markets in the U.S. will be shuttered for Memorial Day.

The Dow was up more than 3% week to date and was headed for its biggest one-week gain since the week of April 9. The S&P 500 has gained just below 3% this week while the NASDAQ Composite is up 3% in that time.

Retailers such as TJX and Gap are among the best-performing stocks this week. TJX is up over 15% week to date while Gap advanced over 7%. Citgroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo are also up more than 2% each this week.

Overnight, China released draft legislation over new national security measures on Hong Kong after last year’s burst of anti-government protests in the city.

That law is expected to increase Beijing’s hold over Hong Kong. China also opted against setting a Gross Domestic Product target for 2020 as the coronavirus batters the second-largest economy in the world.

Prices for the 10-Year Treasury gained ground, lowering yields to 0.65% from Thursday’s 0.68%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices slid $1.33 to $32.59 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices picked up $10.70 to $1,732.60 U.S. an ounce.

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