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July 19, 2019, 4:23 p.m. EDT

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By Clive McKeef

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Which stocks are in focus?

Boeing Co .’s stock /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA +1.16% was in focus after the aeronautics and defense contractor said it would take a $4.9 billion second-quarter charge related to its 737 Max groundings.

BlackRock Inc . /zigman2/quotes/207946232/composite BLK +1.03% reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell below expectations, as the investment management and advisory company said it had lower base fees as a result of lower securities and lending revenue and lower performance fees.

Shares of American Express Co . /zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite AXP +0.65% fell after the payment-processing company reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that slightly surpassed expectations. The stock has rallied 33.2% year-to-date.

Shares of Schlumberger NV /zigman2/quotes/201012972/composite SLB +3.94% fell after the oil services company reported second-quarter revenue that beat expectations and revenue that was in line and announced that CEO Paal Kibsgaard will retire and step down as chairman of the board.

How are other markets trading?

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury /zigman2/quotes/211347051/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD10Y -1.19% was little changed around 2.04%.

In commodities markets, the price of U.S. crude oil  ended higher following Iran’s seizure of a U.K. tanker, but suffered a steep weekly loss.

Gold futures lost steam on Friday, ending lower for the session as the dollar strengthened but gained for the week after logging their first intraday climb above $1,450 an ounce in six years.

The U.S. dollar index /zigman2/quotes/210598269/delayed DXY -0.24% , meanwhile, was slightly firmer around 97.15.

In Asia overnight Thursday, stocks closed mostly higher, with the China CSI 300 /zigman2/quotes/210598128/delayed XX:000300 -0.95% rising 1.5%, Japan’s Nikkei 225 /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.87% jumping 2%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -1.14% added 1.1%. In Europe, stocks were slightly higher, with the Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP -0.84% up 0.2%.

/zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 177.68
+2.03 +1.16%
Volume: 26.52M
July 14, 2020 1:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$99.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
$660,961
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/zigman2/quotes/207946232/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 558.26
+5.70 +1.03%
Volume: 227,457
July 14, 2020 1:47p
P/E Ratio
20.62
Dividend Yield
2.61%
Market Cap
$85.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$952,953
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/zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 94.16
+0.60 +0.65%
Volume: 2.18M
July 14, 2020 1:48p
P/E Ratio
14.20
Dividend Yield
1.84%
Market Cap
$75.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
$733,559
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/zigman2/quotes/201012972/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 18.07
+0.69 +3.94%
Volume: 7.47M
July 14, 2020 1:48p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
2.77%
Market Cap
$24.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
$328,150
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BX : Tullett Prebon
0.61
-0.0074 -1.19%
Volume: 0.00
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/zigman2/quotes/210598269/delayed
US : U.S.: ICE Futures U.S.
96.24
-0.23 -0.24%
Volume: 0.00
July 14, 2020 1:38p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598128/delayed
XX : China Securities Index
4,806.69
-46.27 -0.95%
Volume: 29.72B
July 14, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
22,587.01
-197.73 -0.87%
Volume: 0.00
July 14, 2020 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
25,477.89
-294.23 -1.14%
Volume: 2.18M
July 14, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed
XX : STOXX
367.40
-3.10 -0.84%
Volume: 0.00
July 14, 2020 5:50p
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Clive McKeef is a MarketWatch editor and writer based in New York.

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