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FT.com - Financial MarketsFeb 19, 2019
Walmart earnings, trade optimism drive US stocks higher
Fresh signs of a weakening German economy are raising fears that last year's slowdown could spill into 2019, deepening the challenges facing policy makers.

MarketWatch MarketPulseFeb 19, 2019
Stocks eke out gains on U.S.-China trade hopes, Walmart earnings
Investors returned from a three-day weekend to push U.S. stocks slightly higher Tuesday, with equities erasing early weakness on optimism over U.S.-China trade talks. Early support came from strong earnings from retail giant Walmart Inc. . The S&P 500 ended around 4 points higher, up 0.2%, near 2,780, according to preliminary figures, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced around 8 points, or less than 0.1%, to finish near 25,891. The Nasdaq Composite rose around 14 points, or 0.2%, to close near 7,487. U.S.-China talks were set to resume in Washington Tuesday, following up on high-level discussions last week in Beijing. President Donald Trump on Tuesday told reporters that a March 1 deadline isn't a "magical" date, which investors took as a further suggestion that a hike in tariffs on Chinese goods scheduled to go into effect if a deal isn't reached could be postponed. Walmart shares rose 2.2% after posting better-than-expected results ahead of Tuesday's opening bell.

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Reuters Company NewsFeb 19, 2019
GLOBAL MARKETS-Gold hits 10-month peak on growth worries; dollar dips
Gold prices rose to a 10-month high on Tuesday as concerns over a global economic slowdown spurred a safe-haven bid and were also supported by a weaker U.S. dollar, which fell on optimism for a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks.

MarketWatch MarketPulseFeb 19, 2019
Lululemon's stock knocked lower after Instinet downgrades on valuation concerns
Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. dropped 2.2% in morning trade Tuesday, after the yoga gear maker was downgraded at Instinet, which cited concerns over valuation given the recent run up in price. Analyst Simeon Siegel cut his rating to neutral from buy, but raised his price target to $157 from $140. He said that while he believes Lululemon is one of the "best stories in retail," with his research suggesting industry-leading same-store sales growth will likely continue, he also believes the recent surge in the stock price already reflects that optimism. The stock has run up 31% since Dec. 24, and 82% over the past 12 months, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF has slipped 2.1% the past year and the S&P 500 has gained 1.6%. "Looking further out, we have every expectation that management will raise their $4 billion revenue target, however, we think that at this point that is a consensus belief and one baked into the current share price," Siegel wrote in a note to clients. He also downgraded Ulta Beauty Inc. to neutral from buy, for similar concerns over valuation.

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