More panic? Starbucks will save you.


It looks like the U.S. markets may at the very least stabilize Tuesday after overseas gains in Europe and a 300 point bounce up in early trading on the Dow.

Whatever the day brings in the end to your 401k, the java joint that’s turned you all into latte-swilling drones is on the ready to ease your pain

You see, the king of all Starbucks, Howard Schultz has advised his nearly 200,000 partners (that’s the dude who takes your order) to be really, really nice today.

“Today’s financial market volatility, combined with great political uncertainty both at home and abroad, will undoubtedly have an effect on consumer confidence and … our customers are likely to experience an increased level of anxiety and concern,” the 62-year-old company chairman wrote Monday in a “Message from Howard” email.

“Please recognize this and – as you always have – remember that our success is not an entitlement, but something we need to earn, every day. Let’s be very sensitive to the pressures our customers may be feeling, and do everything we can to individually and collectively exceed their expectations.”


Isn’t that special?Good luck out there!


U.S. stocks rebounded sharply on Tuesday as investors sought out bargains a day after Wall Street turned in its worst performance in four years.

Markets also got a shot of good news with China's second interest rate cut in two months, but analysts stopped short of declaring that the worst was over.

"What we need to see to calm investors is positive economic data points out ofChinaand only when we see that will the rallies be sustainable," said Xavier Smith, investment director at Centre Asset Management.

"Right now, it's pretty meaningless," he said of the interest rate cut.

All the three major Wall Street indexes were up more than 2 percent, with tech stocks and banks leading the way.

On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average.DJIbriefly slumped more than 1,000 points – its steepest intraday fall ever – and theS&P 500recorded its worst day since 2011.

For the second consecutive day, the New York Stock Exchange invoked a rarely used rule in an effort to make it easier and faster to start trading at the opening in a volatile market.

"In the short term, the market was very oversold," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York.

"Global demand remains lackluster at best and while I expect the market to move mostly sideways, whatever action we are going to see today is going to be very sloppy."

The move by China's central bank came after Chinese stocks slumped 8 percent on Tuesday. They fell 8.5 percent on Monday amid growing concerns about slowing economic growth.

At 9:36 a.m. ET (1336 GMT) the Dow Jones industrial average.DJIwas up 374.74 points, or 2.36 percent, at 16,246.09, with all 30 of its components in the black.

TheS & P 500.SPXwas up 42.71 points, or 2.26 percent, at 1,935.92 and theNasdaqcomposite.IXICwas up 131.70 points, or 2.91 percent, at 4,657.95.

All 10 major S&P sectors were higher with the technology index's .SPLRCT 2.87 percent rise leading the advancers.

Apple's (AAPL.O) shares jumped 5.1 percent to $108.43, giving the biggest boost to theNasdaq. The stock slumped as much as 13 percent on Monday, before ending down 2.5 percent.

All big U.S. banks were higher, with Bank of America (BAC.N) up 4.8 percent at $16.03.

The dollar .DXY, which fell to a 7-month low against a basket ofcurrencieson Monday, was up about 1 percent.

Oil prices were up about 3 percent, bouncing back from heavy losses on Tuesday, but U.S. crude still remained below $40 per barrel.

Data released on Tuesday showed U.S. single-family home prices rose slightly faster in June from a year ago, suggesting resilience in the housing sector.

Investors will also be keeping an eye on the Conference Board's U.S. consumer confidence index, due at 10 a.m. ET, which is expected to have risen to 93.4 in August from 90.9 last month.

Disney (DIS.N) was up 3.8 percent at $98.99.

Best Buy (BBY.N) jumped 16.1 percent to $33.97 after the owner of the biggest U.S. electronics chain reported an unexpected increase in quarterly sales.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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