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Wall Street gains as conflict fears ease, earnings optimism rises


By Sruthi Shankar

(Reuters) - Technology and financial stocks led a rally on Wall Street on Thursday as toned down his views on attacking and investors focused on what could be the strongest earnings reporting season in seven years.

Trump said a possible attack on may not be imminent, easing fears of confrontation with

That lifted yields, leading to a nearly 2 percent increase in the financial sector.

"In the past few days, some of the worries that market was fretting about - trade wars, Facebook, missile attacks - all of those have things have been walked back a little bit," said Michael Antonelli, managing director, at Robert W. Baird in

gained 2.8 percent after the asset manager's profit rose more than expected. Reports from JPMorgan, and will kick off the earnings season in earnest on Friday.

Analysts expect quarterly profit for 500 companies to rise 18.5 percent from a year ago, the biggest gain in seven years, according to I/B/E/S.

"The market is finally starting to build on itself, earnings are coming. This is the real risk-on type of rally," Antonelli said.

At 12:53 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.52 percent at 24,556.29. The 500 gained 1.12 percent to 2,671.73 and the rose 1.23 percent to 7,156.18.

Treasury yields and investor sentiment were also boosted by an upbeat U.S. initial jobless claims report that pointed to sustained labor market strength.

Eight sectors were higher, with the technology sector's 1.6 percent gain giving the biggest boost to the market.

One notable laggard among techs was Its shares fell 1 percent following a 5.3 percent gain in the past two days when testified before on the data privacy scandal.

reported quarterly results that topped estimates in several key metrics, sending its shares 2.84 percent higher and also boosting other

shares dived more than 18 percent after the company's full-year profit forecast missed estimates.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE for a 1.50-to-1 ratio and on the Nasdaq, for a 2.17-to-1 ratio.

(Reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 23:00 IST