Your Evening Briefing
During yet another tumultuous day in markets, Josh Wingrove observes that when everything is going great, President Donald Trump claims credit. When stocks tank, it’s someone else’s fault. Having at first downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus, Trump pivoted to blame Democrats and the media for creating inordinate alarm (though the World Health Organization just raised its global risk assessment to “very high”). Trump has praised his administration’s response to the pathogen, but a government whistleblower has painted a very different picture. Some 2,875 people have died and 84,000 have been infected by the virus worldwide. In the U.S., 60 cases have been reported so far. Here is the latest news on its march across the globe.
Here are today’s top stories
Nevertheless, markets are already pricing in a coronavirus recession, Marcus Ashworth writes in Bloomberg Opinion. The question is whether they should be.
Even amid a sea of red, some traders have managed to find safe harbors. Here’s where they're finding shelter from the storm.
A federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers on the U.S. southern border to wait in Mexico, citing “uncontested evidence” that they risked death by doing so.
What’s Joe Weisenthal thinking about? The Bloomberg news director is thinking about gold again, just as he did at the beginning of this week. While it can be a good hedge against volatility, Joe says, this ceases to be the case when you need cash. While Treasuries continue to surge as the equities markets continue to drop, gold is in trouble, too.
What you’ll need to know tomorrow
- Oil plummets in its worst week since the global financial crisis.
- Singapore emerges as a litmus test for containment.
- Geneva Car Show and Basel Watch Fair canceled as virus spreads.
- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts faces a moment of truth.
- A lack of friends limits Erdogan’s options for Russia retaliation.
- Airbus says thousands of jobs are at risk over the Eurofighter.
- Bug the Ritz and reveal a billionaire U.K. family feud.
What you’ll want to read tonight
The newfound popularity of oat milk (sold everywhere from Starbucks to Amazon.com) has turned the cereal plant into a hot commodity, and profits are soaring for growers. Now, farmers are undertaking a planting bonanza that will boost acres to the most in over a decade. And we all know what happens when supply outstrips demand.
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