Stock Market Today: July 19, 2019
Harvey S. Katz, CFA and Mario Ferro | 07/19/2019
The last day of the week began on the upside, but stocks largely trended downward throughout the session. To varying degrees, the market’s slide could be attributed to mixed corporate earnings reports, escalating tension in the Middle East, unsettled trade talks between the U.S. and China, and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s next move. Regarding the latter, media reports surfaced suggesting the lead bank will only cut interest rates by a quarter point at its next meeting in July, whereas expectations had been rising for a half point cut.