One even mildly bullish Friday 13th session could break some stock records.

And why not, now that the European Central Bank has released the stimulus bazooka, the Fed is all but expected to cut rates next week and there’s more upbeat trade chatter. Incidentally, U.S-China trade hopes have added 2,000 points to the Dow in just a few weeks, notes Slope of Hope blogger Tim Knight.

“I just want to quietly point out that the last time we went through this charade, it was all about the magical date December 3rd. And that day marked to the millisecond the point when the market resumed its downtrend,” Knight says.

Slope of Hope

Read: A fear of rate surprises, Trump tweets has companies racing to issue cheap debt

Also uneasy is Blackstone’s chief investment strategist Joseph Zidle, who told CNBC that markets may be pricing in a perfect “Goldilocks” scenario — more Fed cuts and a trade deal.

Read: Gundlach sees 75% recession chance, warns on corporate bond market

Going against the wary crowd is our call of the day from Credit Suisse’s global equity strategist Michael Strobaek, who thinks the S&P 500 can climb higher and now’s the time to buy more stocks.

“Recent weeks have seen political risks in Europe diminish and the U.S.A. and China make renewed efforts to resume talks. Accommodative central banks should further underpin investor sentiment,” Strobaek told clients in a note. He’s boosting equity exposure to overweight — meaning they see better value for money in stocks — with an emphasis on the U.S.

Stocks simply have more return to offer than bonds right now, he said. “Moreover, throughout the strong year for equities to date, many investors have proven reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, leaving many with cash to deploy. This as well as still depressed investor sentiment suggest that this rally still has legs,” added Strobaek.

As for specifics, he likes global financials names partly due to the switching out lately from more defensive names to potentially better-returning cyclical ones such as banks that are tied to the economic cycle.

“We think this rotation can continue, providing additional fuel to financial equities,” Strobaek said.

The market

U.S. stocks opened higher, with both the Dow

DJIA, +0.26%

  and the S&P 500

SPX, +0.12%

  near record highs.


GCZ19, +0.18%

 is up, while the dollar

DXY, -0.18%

and oil

CLV19, +0.47%

 are down.

Europe stocks

SXXP, +0.16%

 continue to benefit from Thursday’s ECB action, while Asia markets

ADOW, +0.73%

not closed for holidays affecting several other countries mostly advanced.

The tweet

Count “Draghilas” we presume? German tabloid Bild puts fangs ECB President Mario Draghi, in backlash against the latest rate cut.

The economy

Retail sales for August came in ahead of forecast, while import prices fell. A consumer sentiment index and business inventories data is still ahead.

The buzz

President Trump handed China a fresh trade olive branch, saying he’s open to a smaller-scale interim trade deal. China still said it would exclude pork and soybeans from its own tariff list.

Cloud-based network group Cloudflare

NET, +0.00%

 makes its NYSE debut on Friday, with shares priced at $15 each. Here’s all you need to know about that hot sector’s latest IPO.

The We Co., owner of property-management group WeWork outlined several corporate governance changes as it pushed ahead with plans for an IPO on Nasdaq.

London Stock Exchange

LSE, +3.14%

 says no thanks to nearly $37 billion takeover bid from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

388, +1.43%


Finland says it will pressure European Union finance ministers to budget more climate change costs, at this weekend’s meeting in Helsinki.

The chart

Our chart of the day, from The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Shot highlights a slice of Thursday’s consumer price data that many Americans can relate to — soaring health insurance costs:

The quote


Rep. Beto O’Rourke

“Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.” — That was Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke at Houston’s debate last night. He shared the story of one mom he met who watched her teen daughter bleed to death at last month’s mass shooting in his state of Texas.

His comment sparked this ugly Twitter exchange:

The National Rifle Association also weighed in:

Random reads

Six months after its own massacre, New Zealand will crack down further on gun ownership.

“It didn’t go brilliantly well.” Kentucky Fried Chicken ditches unpopular healthy menu options.

Devastated by Hurricane Dorian, another storm threatens the Bahamas

This $7,000 hot-dog couch is triggering people

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