U.S. equities dithered back into the red
U.S. equities dithered back into the red after surrendering their opening gains after conflicting headlines about a U.S.-Sino summit announcement this afternoon, which were later denied and stranded dip buyers high and dry ahead of tomorrow's payrolls report. Europe settled mixed, alternating red and green on the majors. NASDAQ -0.3% is the leading decliner, with the Dow +0.4% and S&P slightly lower. Biggest losers in NASDAQ are Tesla -8.8% (delivery plunge, Musk SEC hearings), Workday -6.1% and Take-Two -4.6%, while Ross +2.4%, Baidu +2.4% and Lululemon +2.3% are tops. In the Dow, Dow +4.7%, Boeing +2.5% (software fix) and Disney +1.6% are tops and Merck -1.9%, J&J -1.4% and Walgreens -1.2% are at the bottom. The dollar index is up 0.26% near 97.30 and the VIX equity vol index is little changed near 13.76 and WTI is slightly firmer near $62.60 bbl.