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Trade detente helps Wall Street build on last week's gains


By Shreyashi Sanyal

(Reuters) - Trade-sensitive industrial and pushed Wall Street higher on Monday after the and agreed on a temporary trade truce, hopes of which had driven the market last week to post its biggest gain in nearly seven years.

and agreed to a 90-day trade ceasefire at the summit in on Saturday and U.S. said had agreed to cut import tariffs on American-made cars.

However, the also said that the existing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted to 25 percent if no deal was reached within 90 days.

Still, the ceasefire was enough to boost S&P technology up 1.55 percent and industrials 1.03 percent, both sectors that have borne the brunt of the escalating trade dispute.

Apple Inc, recently hit by worries over possible tariffs on iPhones, rose 2.1 percent. Trade bellwethers and were up 2.9 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.

"The fact that we got something positive out of the trade discussions is enough for investors to slowly get back into market, but they are just short covering and not really buying," said Michael Antonelli, managing director, at Robert W. Baird in

"Investors are cautiously optimistic, they are dipping their feet back into the water but aren't quite jumping in."

jumped 4.9 percent, helping send the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite to their highest in over three weeks. But the markets pared some gains as the rally in tapered.

At 11:38 a.m. ET the was up about 1 percent.

rose 1.6 percent as crude prices surged on the trade truce and as Canada's province ordered a production cut. But their gains had decreased as the rally in tempered to 3 percent from about 5 percent at the open. [O/R]

Trump's tweet on lower Chinese import taxes sent General Motors Co, and up between 1.8 percent and 3.7 percent.

Chipmakers, which have the highest revenue exposure to China, also rallied, sending the Philadelphia Semiconductor index up 2.03 percent and back into positive territory for the year.

The defensive real estate, utilities and consumer staples sectors housed most of the laggards.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners for a 2.16-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 1.53-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 34 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 64 new highs and 47 new lows.

(Reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 23:00 IST