Stocks close little changed amid trade, Hong Kong worries

A container ship in the Chinese port of Qingdao

"(Trump) makes the US decision-making process efficient and transparent, because he basically says what it is", Long said previously at the China Investment Conference, per the SCMP.

There is no such thing as a buying and selling in U.S. Treasurys because of the Veterans Working day vacation.

Stocks sank as soon as trading began Monday, and the S&P 500 dropped as much as 0.6% from its record level.

Citi analysts said in a note, "We expect a high degree of uncertainty to remain even if a tariff rollback is achieved", explaining that investment and financial frictions between the world's two largest economies are likely to continue. -China trade relations after President Trump appeared to downplay reports of an imminent lifting of tariffs in a protracted trade war between the two economic powerhouses. Such sudden snaps in movement are frustrating for investors who prefer looking at the longer term. "China would like to get somewhat of a rollback, not a complete rollback because I know I won't do it".

It was reported on Friday that Trump said he has not agreed to scrap tariffs on Chinese goods, dampening hopes about a coming resolution to the trade war.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was down 0.2%, as of 2:45 p.m.

DEFENSE FIRST: Real-estate stocks in the S&P 500 rose 0.4% for the biggest gain among the 11 sectors that make up the index.

Uber CEO walks back comment on Jamal Khashoggi's murder
But when probed by Axios if he would have gone if the two had not clashed Khosrowshahi replied: 'I don't know if I would have'. The comments saw #BoycottUber trending on Twitter by Monday morning and the company's share price drop slightly.

Shares in NY ended last week with healthy gains, though stocks wobbled between small gains and losses on Friday amid the conflicting signals about the trade talks. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari speaks in La Crosse, Wisconsin.Thursday brings China retail sales and industrial production data.US retail sales on Friday are forecast to rebound in October after unexpectedly falling the prior month.

USA 10-year Treasury yield fell two basis points to 1.92%.Australia's 10-year bond yield fell one basis point to 1.28%.

Earnings season is close to complete, and almost 90% of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported their profits for the July-through-September quarter, according to FactSet.

OVERSEAS: Asian markets fell.

Increasingly violent protests are taking a further toll on Hong Kong's stock market, with shares falling more than 2 percent on Monday after police opened fire on protesters in the eastern part of the city, wounding at least one person. Britain's FTSE 100 index slipped 0.4%, France's CAC 40 added 0.1% and Germany's DAX lost 0.2%.

China's Shanghai Composite index declined 1.8%, Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.3% and South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.6%.

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