Stocks set to soar to end volatile week

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U.S. stocks are pointing to large gains when the market opens on Friday as investors are enthusiastic about possible support measures in Europe.

Dow Industrial futures are pointing to a more than 200 point gain or 1 percent. S&P 500 futures are  higher by 1 percent and Nasdaq futures are  up 1.3 percent.

Markets are anticipating the European Central Bank will cut rates in September and resume a bond buying program, according to Reuters. The major European markets traded higher. Add Mexico as the latest country to cut interest rates overnight.

Investors have suffered jolt this week after the U.S. yield curve — the difference between yields on the U.S. 10-year and 2-year Treasury bonds — inverted for the first time since 2007. it has historically been an accurate forecaster of a coming recession.

The major U.S. stock indexes spent much of the day reacting to big moves in U.S. government bond yields, which fell sharply in the early going, fluctuated for much of the day, and then recovered some of their decline by mid-afternoon.Stocks are down more than 2.4 percent this week.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 25579.39 +99.97 +0.39%
SP500 S&P 500 2847.6 +7.00 +0.25%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 7766.617164 -7.32 -0.09%

The U.S.-China trade war has apprehended American manufacturers and roiled global financial markets with fears that the world’s largest economy could slip into a recession. Yet most analysts expect the U.S. economy to come out through the rough patch, at least in the coming months, on the strength of solid consumer spending and a supple job market.

Japan’s Nikkei gained from early losses to rise 0.1 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.9 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.3 percent.


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