• April 19, 2019

Trade optimism pulls Wall Street higher on final day of quarter


(Reuters) – U.S. shares rose on Friday, with the S&P 500 set to publish its greatest quarterly efficiency in additional than 9 years, boosted by optimism over the most recent spherical of commerce negotiations between the US and China.

Merchants work on the ground on the New York Inventory Trade (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mentioned U.S. held “constructive” talks in Beijing, whereas Chinese language state information company reported the 2 sides mentioned “related settlement paperwork” and made new progress.

A Chinese language delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He’ll head to Washington subsequent week for an additional spherical of talks.

“The conclusion of U.S.-China commerce talks on the floor, is being taken as a constructive step towards a significant deal,” mentioned Peter Cecchini, managing director and chief market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.

Commerce-sensitive industrials rose zero.65 p.c and chipmakers, which have a big income publicity to China, additionally gained, with the Philadelphia chip index up 1.13 p.c.

The broader know-how sector inched zero.46 p.c greater.

“It’s the top of the quarter and the primary quarter seems to be prefer it’s among the finest in years, even on the again of muted or combined financial knowledge,” mentioned Michael Antonelli, market strategist at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.

The benchmark index has risen 12.6 p.c to date this quarter, its greatest quarterly efficiency since September 2009.

Development fears had been triggered final week when the Federal Reserve deserted projections for rate of interest hikes in 2019 and the U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted for the primary time since 2007, a historic indication of recession.

Nonetheless, the yield curve between three-month payments and 10-year notes turned barely constructive on Friday, after remaining inverted for every week, serving to financials rise zero.13 p.c.

At 10:59 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Common was up 89.47 factors, or zero.35 p.c, at 25,806.93. The S&P 500 was up 6.82 factors, or zero.24 p.c, at 2,822.26 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 26.86 factors, or zero.35 p.c, at 7,696.03.

Newest knowledge confirmed U.S. client spending barely rose in January and earnings elevated modestly in February, suggesting the economic system was quick shedding momentum after development slowed within the fourth quarter.

Journey-hailing startup Lyft Inc is ready to make its debut on the Nasdaq after the corporate raised $2.34 billion in its preliminary public providing.

DowDuPont fell 2.1 p.c after brokerages lowered their value targets on the chemical firm, citing unhealthy climate and margin pressures.

Celgene Corp jumped 6.four p.c, after proxy advisory agency Institutional Shareholder Companies backed rival drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s vote in favor of proposed takeover of the corporate.

Advancing points outnumbered decliners by a 2.01-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 1.68-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 30 new 52-week highs and two new lows, whereas the Nasdaq recorded 38 new highs and 22 new lows.

Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal and Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Arun Koyyur and Anil D’Silva

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