(Friday Market Open) A long weekend looms, but before that, there’s a lot to digest.
Perhaps topping the list is the latest scuttlebutt around trade with China (see more below). Netflix (NFLX) earnings also rank high, with shares down 3% in pre-market trading after a Q4 revenue miss. Automaker Tesla (TSLA) is also in the news after announcing plans to shrink its workforce as it tries to lower product prices and improve its margins.
Amid optimism over China, markets in Europe and Asia all rose more than 1% early Friday, one of those few times when every index is in sync. U.S. stocks also had a positive tone before the opening bell, but whether that can last is a big question. Whichever way the market is going heading into the last hour today, it might be interesting to see if it reverses course if people flatten out their positions in a possible attempt to lessen up on risk ahead of the weekend. Then we’ll have to watch and see what kind of news comes out over the next three days, especially on the China front.
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