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China's positive numbers, trade deal drive Wall Street to record high

Apple Inc, among the biggest companies to benefit from the deal, rose 1.7 per cent


Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

notched a fresh record high on Monday as investor confidence was boosted by upbeat data from China, while cooling trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies removed one of the hurdles for global economic growth.

Data showed China's industrial output and retail sales growth accelerated in November, adding to optimism from the announcement of a trade deal by the two sides on Friday.

Inc, among the biggest companies to benefit from the deal, rose 1.7 per cent . Chipmakers that make the components for its iPhones also gained.

"This deal could be the start of a series of phased rollbacks (in tariffs), which could unlock further upside for equity markets, driven by an improvement in business confidence and a recovery in investment," said Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management.

On Sunday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the trade deal was "totally done" and expected it to nearly double US exports to China over the next two years.

The benchmark S&P 500 has risen in nine of the past ten weeks on the back of improving trade sentiment, a solid third-quarter earnings season, a dovish Federal Reserve and upbeat economic indicators.

In its policy meeting last week, the Fed stood pat on interest rates, as expected, and kept the bar high for future reductions.

Technology stocks rose 1.2 per cent and led gains among the 11 major S&P 500 sectors. Financials rose 1 per cent after brokerage Citigroup bumped up its price targets on the big banks.

At 10:22 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 197.85 points, or 0.70 per cent , at 28,333.23, the S&P 500 was up 26.19 points, or 0.83 per cent , at 3,194.99 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 86.77 points, or 0.99 per cent , at 8,821.65.

Boeing Co fell 2.3 per cent on reports the planemaker was considering whether to cut or halt production of its grounded 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing's suppliers also felt the heat, with General Electric Co down 0.8 per cent and Spirit AeroSystems Inc tumbling nearly 4 per cent

Shares of Flavors & Fragrances Inc fell 7.1 per cent after it said it would merge with DuPont Inc's nutrition & biosciences unit.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners for a 3.43-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 2.42-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 62 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 147 new highs and 29 new lows.

First Published: Mon, December 16 2019. 21:55 IST