Chinese trade negotiators suddenly canceled a visit to meet U.S. farmers after they wrapped up trade talks in Washington this week.Marketsread 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
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
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
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"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
For investors taking a breather from the chaos in August, buckle up as the market is about go crazy again, Goldman Sachs warned.Marketsread more
Palantir Technologies is targeting a valuation of at least $26 billion in a private fundraising round, the first for the Peter Thiel-backed data analytics startup in four...Wall Streetread more
Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker linked to Steve Bannon, saw at least $1.6 million in donations from his nonprofit sent into the coffers of his independent production...Politicsread more
The New England Patriots released Antonio Brown just 11 days after signing the wide receiver. The NFL Super Bowl champion team initially had kept him in the face of a rape...Sportsread more
Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Morgan Stanley – The investment bank reported adjusted quarterly profit of 84 cents per share for the fourth quarter, 7 cents a share above estimates. Revenue also came in above Street forecasts. The company said it saw growth across all its business segments during 2017.
Wal-Mart – Goldman Sachs upgraded the retailer's stock to "buy" from "neutral" and added it to its "Conviction Buy" list, noting that the consumer economy reached "escape velocity" in late 2017. The move comes a day after Citi added Wal-Mart stock to its "Focus" list.
Apple – Apple will give out $2,500 restricted stock bonuses to employees, according to a Bloomberg report. That follows an earlier announcement by the company that it will pay $38 billion in repatriation taxes, with CEO Tim Cook saying the company will bring the majority of its overseas cash back to the U.S.
Alcoa – Alcoa reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.04 per share, missing estimates by 18 cents a share. The aluminum producer also saw revenue fall short of forecasts. Alcoa said a drought in Brazil was among the factors negatively impacting its bottom line.
M&T Bank – The bank announced it would raise wages for employees as a result of tax reform. The bank said it was making the move in anticipation of an improvement in profits stemming from the new tax law.
Mellanox Technologies — Activist investor Starboard Value has begun a boardroom battle with the Israeli chipmaker. Starboard holds a 10.7 percent stake, making it the company's largest shareholder, and said it considers Mellanox deeply undervalued.
Xerox – Xerox's third-largest shareholder, Darwin Deason, wants the office equipment and services provider to disclose details of its joint venture agreement with Japan's Fujifilm. Deason said U.S. securities law requires that disclosure, but the company said it is comfortable with the current level of disclosure.
Cboe Global Markets – The exchange operator won Securities and Exchange Commission approval for a plan to allow end-of-day trading without paying fees to the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. Both had leveled objections to the plan, saying it would prompt market manipulation and undermine the reliability of its end-of-day closing auctions.
Symantec – Symantec was downgraded to "underperform" from "hold" at Jefferies, which said the maker of cybersecurity software will have trouble meeting its current guidance.
Comcast – The NBCUniversal parent was cut to "neutral" from "buy" at Nomura/Instinet, which sees a possible slowdown in net subscriber additions among other factors.
(Disclosure: Comcast is parent of NBCUniversal and CNBC.)