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Stocks - Dow Snaps Losing Streak as China Touts Progress on Trade

Stock MarketsMar 15, 2019 04:04PM ET
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Investing.com – The Dow racked up gains Friday, snapping a two-week losing streak on reports of progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.54%, the S&P 500 added 0.50%, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.76%.

A wave of green washed over U.S. stocks after China official state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the United States and China had made "further concrete progress on the text of the trade agreement."

The news helped lift sentiment on U.S.-China trade, which had been dented a day earlier after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin admitted that a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to seal a trade deal would not take place at the end of March as previously discussed.

Trade-sensitive industrials, however, struggled to close in positive territory as General Electric (NYSE:GE) gave up gains from a day earlier, closing 3.2% lower.

Boeing (NYSE:BA), meanwhile, pared some of its early-week losses after Agence France-Presse reported that the aircraft maker was set to roll out a software upgrade for its 737-MAX in the next 10 days. Shares rose 1.5% and added nearly 39 points to the Dow's 139-point gain.

Tech stocks also underpinned the rally in the broader market as Wall Street analysts talked up the prospects for chip stocks amid expectations the U.S. and China are edging closer to a deal. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was the Dow's leader with a 1.67% gain.

"We're of the belief that a deal will get done which would likely send the semiconductor space up higher," RBC said. The two most sensitive areas to trade within semis have been semi-cap equipment and GPUs, the bank added.

Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) both hit 52-week highs.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) fell 2.5%, keeping a lid on growth in tech stocks, after its Chief Product Officer Chris Cox announced he would be leaving the company. The announcement comes amid a turbulent period for the social media giant in the wake of reports that federal prosecutors had launched a probe into data deals the company made with other tech giants.

Separately, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) had little to show for its better-than-expected quarterly results, ending the day modestly lower.

Consumer discretionary stocks also enjoyed gains thanks to a rally in shares of Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) following its above-consensus fourth-quarter results released after Thursday's close.

In other company news, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) unveiled its all-electric, mid-sized Model Y SUV, but the fanfare soured as Wall Street raised concerns about the timing of deliveries, sending its shares reversing 5%.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, at a shareholder meeting in June, outlined plans to deliver the Model Y in the first half of 2020, but he said Thursday the first deliveries were likely in the fall of 2020 for higher-priced and longer-ranged versions and the spring of 2021 for the $39,000 base version, CFRA said in a note. "This timing shift is important because we expect Tesla faces significantly increased EV competition starting with the 2021 model year."

On the economic front, the Empire State Manufacturing Index and industrial production undershot economists' estimates, adding to concerns the U.S. economy is slowing down.

Top S&P 500 Gainers and Losers Today:

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA), Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) and American Tower (NYSE:AMT) were among the top S&P 500 gainers for the session.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR), WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) and Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) were among the worst S&P 500 performers of the session.

Stocks - Dow Snaps Losing Streak as China Touts Progress on Trade
 

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