Sun. Sep 20th, 2020

Wall Street hits record high after US GDP is revised up – business live

America’s economy grew faster than thought in July-September, despite the trade war with China

Earlier:

4.52pm GMT

Finally, the UK stock market has ended the day higher.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 closed 26 points up at 7,429, 0.5% higher, at its best level in two months.

On one level, it’s possible to interpret markets, and indeed the President of the United States as enjoying the moment. Negotiators are in the “final throes of a very important deal” and talks appear to be “going well”. Donald Trump is “holding it up” to ensure it’s the best it can be. The White House isn’t breaking into a sweat. A similar mood is wafting through markets.

At some point, fairly soon, such sentiment may turn out to be ludicrous. After ‘phase one’ is done and dusted, and when longer-term, more comprehensive, complex and contentious aspects of the trading relationship must be addressed in more detail. ‘Phase-one’ hitches may look like a walk in the park by comparison.

3.06pm GMT

A quick recap.

Continue reading…America’s economy grew faster than thought in July-September, despite the trade war with ChinaLatest: Another day, another Dow record highUS growth revised up to 2.1% (annualised)Earlier:John Deere profit warningEuropean stocks at four-year highChinese factory profits plunge 9.9%Worst monthly slide since 2011 (apart from Jan-Feb) 4.52pm GMTFinally, the UK stock market has ended the day higher.The blue-chip FTSE 100 closed 26 points up at 7,429, 0.5% higher, at its best level in two months.On one level, it’s possible to interpret markets, and indeed the President of the United States as enjoying the moment. Negotiators are in the “final throes of a very important deal” and talks appear to be “going well”. Donald Trump is “holding it up” to ensure it’s the best it can be. The White House isn’t breaking into a sweat. A similar mood is wafting through markets. At some point, fairly soon, such sentiment may turn out to be ludicrous. After ‘phase one’ is done and dusted, and when longer-term, more comprehensive, complex and contentious aspects of the trading relationship must be addressed in more detail. ‘Phase-one’ hitches may look like a walk in the park by comparison. 3.06pm GMTA quick recap. Continue reading…