The massive market transformation this month that some on Wall Street called a "once in a decade opportunity" might have just been a one-off technical move because of taxes.Marketsread more
The Pentagon will deploy U.S. forces to the Middle East on the heels of the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced...Defenseread more
Iran's audacious drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi Arabia's oil producing facilities has provided a critical test yet for the Trump administration's foreign policy. A...Politicsread more
Chinese trade negotiators suddenly canceled a visit to meet U.S. farmers after they wrapped up trade talks in Washington this week.Marketsread more
Shares of MasterCard are up 46% this year, and 1120% since 2011, getting a boost from the strong U.S. consumer.Investingread more
Blackstone Executive Vice Chairman Tony James says he's less optimistic now than before that the U.S.-China trade war could be resolved, but even a smaller deal could help...World Economyread more
President Trump also said he is "not looking for a partial deal" with Beijing, moving away from his suggestion last week that he would consider an "interim deal."Politicsread more
Progress on trade talks will determine how far market will move above new highs.Trader Talk with Bob Pisaniread more
"Sure, the trade war's taking its toll on business ... it's just not taking its toll where it was supposed to," Jim Cramer says.Mad Money with Jim Cramerread more
Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump Friday to release the transcript of a call with a foreign leader that is the subject of a whistleblower complaint. Biden described...Politicsread more
Harvey, as a tropical storm, made its second landfall early this morning in western Louisiana. As a hurricane, Harvey hit southeast Texas late Friday and in the ensuing days dumped record rainfall and brought devastating flooding to the Houston area. Weakened levees there were in danger of failing and rivers have yet to crest. (AP)
*Second major shelter for Harvey evacuees opens (AP)
President Donald Trump, who observed the federal government's Harvey response in Texas Tuesday, is expected to lay out his vision for tax reform today in Missouri. The speech was reportedly shaped by top nationalist White House aide Stephen Miller. Trump is likely to focus on eliminating deductions that primarily favor high-income taxpayers. (Politico)
*Republican tax plan poses risk to US bond market (WSJ)
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis kicked Trump's proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military down the road, announcing that transgender service members will continue to be allowed to serve pending the results of a study. (NYT)
The United Nations condemned North Korea's "outrageous" firing of a ballistic missile over Japan, demanding that the isolated country halts its weapons program but held back on any threat of new sanctions. (Reuters)
*US sanctions are very bad news ... unless you're North Korea (CNBC)
*Trump wants China to fix North Korea, but it isn't going to happen (CNBC)
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain is looking at ways to replicate the trade deals that the European Union has with countries outside the bloc when it exits the EU in 2019. Businesses have repeatedly voiced concerns about how existing trade relationships will work after leaving the bloc. (Reuters)
Amazon and Microsoft are working together to extend the abilities of their voice-controlled digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana. The partnership, which the companies plan to announce early today, will allow people to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa, by the end of the year. (NYT)
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will officially be Uber's new chief. Khosrowshahi will be at Uber for an all-hands meeting today and is expected to take questions from employees. He will also meet with Uber employees in smaller groups over the next few weeks. (CNBC)
*Inside Uber's choice of a new CEO (NYT)
Uber confirmed the Justice Department is probing whether managers broke U.S. laws prohibiting bribery of officials in foreign countries. An Uber spokesman said the ride hailing company is cooperating with the probe. (Washington Post)
United Technologies is nearing a deal to buy Rockwell Collins for more than $20 billion. The companies are discussing a per-share price for Rockwell of $140 or less and could come to an agreement as soon as this weekend. (WSJ)
H&R Block (HRB) had a loss of 62 cents per share for its latest quarter. That matched forecasts, with revenue above consensus. H&R Block typically reports losses in quarters outside of its seasonal tax business.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google unit is unveiling new augmented reality app tools today for mobile devices that use its Android operating system.
Amazon's (AMZN) Whole Foods unit still has relatively high prices despite selective price cuts following Amazon's takeover. That's according to an analysis published by Gordon Haskett Research Advisors analyst Charles Grom.
Target (TGT) is planning to scale back its use of Amazon Web Services as it tries to cut back on spending at its chief retail rival, according to sources. Those sources tell CNBC that Microsoft is among those competing to provide web services to Target.
Goldman Sachs (GS) plans to detail a turnaround strategy for its bond-trading unit next month, according to a Reuters report.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt launched an online relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims Sunday with an initial goal of raising $200,000. It quickly surpassed its initial goal and the fund has raised more than $4 million and is still growing. (Sports Illustrated)