Thursday’s Midday Movers: 3 Stories Driving Markets
The major U.S. stocks were rallying Thursday as officials in Washington agreed to meet to discuss fiscal negotiations. As of noon:
|DIJA: +1.57% to 15,035.94||S&P 500: +1.69% to 1,684.45||NASDAQ: +1.94% to 3,749.24|
|Gold: +0.71% to 69.59||Oil: +1.83% to 24.46||U.S. 10-Year: +2.45% to 27.15|
Here are the three stories helping shape the market Thursday afternoon.
1. Here’s Why President Obama Won’t Negotiate with the GOP: Standing on the outside, Washington looks something like the Western Front in World War I. Two deeply entrenched and bitterly divided sides, immune to each others’ small-arms fire and only bruised by direct hits from artillery. Democrats and Republicans, locked together in an awkward fiscal death dance by a bureaucratic Gordian knot, have found themselves in a type of brinkmanship in which the defense has the advantage, and as a result, neither appears willing to move first.
Or, in other words, political firepower greatly overpowers political mobility. Each party has a fairly well-defined position that they cannot stray far from without being obliterated. No man’s land is a natural product of trench warfare and as an observer, it’s almost reasonable that neither side would want to cross the divide… (Read more.)