Sunday, 17 November, 2019

S&P 500, Dow open at record highs on trade deal optimism

Uncertainty over US-China trade keeps markets in check Dow, S&P 500 end at records on US-China trade deal optimism
Russell Knight | 08 November, 2019, 22:06

The S&P 500 pushed to another record Thursday after China's commerce ministry said that both sides in the U.S.

The gains came after China said it had agreed with the U.S.to gradually ease tariffs on each other's exports as long as talks continue to make progress.

Despite the record highs, gains cooled in the afternoon after a report cited internal disagreements in the White House over the apparent deal for both the USA and China to phase out tariffs.

Among individual companies, Expedia plunged 27.4 per cent after reporting disappointing third-quarter results due in part to higher spending on marketing. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 23.89 points, or 0.28 percent, to 8,434.52.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 182.24, or 0.7%, to 27,674.80.

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The majority of the 30 blue-chip stocks in the Dow traded higher around market close, with shares of trade bellwethers Boeing and Caterpillar climbing 1.47 percent and 1.04 percent, among the best performers.

Energy (+1.6%) topped today's S&P sector leaderboard as WTI crude oil climbed 1.4% to $57.15/bbl, followed by communication services (+0.7%), information technology (+0.7%) and financials (+0.7%). The Nasdaq added 55 points, or 0.7%, to 8,465.

The Russell 2000 is up 4.66 points, or 0.3%. The Nasdaq added 47 points, or 0.6%, to 8,458.

The Russell 2000 is up 245.43 points, or 18.2%.

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