Stocks – Wall Street Gains as Trade Tensions Ease a Little

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© Reuters. © Reuters. – U.S. stocks surged Wednesday as investors hoped for good news ahead of a resumption of U.S.-China trade talks.

There was a little good news as Bloomberg reported China was open to a partial deal.

The was up 0.91%, thanks in part to gains for its two biggest components, Microsoft (NASDAQ:) and Apple NASDAQ:), and strength in tech and energy stocks overall.

The gained 1.02%, and the rose 0.69%, or 182 points. At one point, the blue chips were up more than about 260 points before profit-taking set in. The Dow’s finish was off about 30% from its peak. The S&P 500’s close was about 26% below its peak.

Activity was light on Wall Street as many traders had taken the day off for Yom Kippur.

The rally was set off by a report China was open to a number of trade measures, including boosting purchases of U.S. farm products. But the report suggested a resolution to disputes over intellectual property and market access for industrial products could come later.

Like the , the was pushed higher by Microsoft) and Apple. The duo plus Visa (NYSE:) contributed more than 60 points to the Dow’s gain.

Apple (NASDAQ:) moved up on an upgrade from Canaccord Genuity. Microsoft (NASDAQ:) was lifted by Tuesday’s upgrade from Jefferies analyst Thill.

The biggest loser among the three Dow stocks that ended lower was Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:), which fell nearly 2% after a Philadelphia jury awarded a man $8 billion in damages over side-effects from using the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

The other Dow decliners were investment bank Goldman Sachs (NYSE:), off 0.26%, and pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:), down 0.03%.

Meanwhile, all 11 sectors of the S&P 500 were higher, led by technology, up 1.45% and energy, up 1.07%.

But the rally left the S&P 500 under 3,000 for a 14th straight day. The index is 3.59% below its 52-week high and 0.7% below its high in the fall of 2018.

That’s a signal of deep uncertainty about the trade fight and its impact on the economy.

The Dow is off 3.84% below its 52-week high, with the Nasdaq off 4.95% from its peak and the down 4.2% from its peak.

The market anticipated minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting that officials are increasingly worried about the trade fight’s impact on business spending and expansion. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell repeated the concern in speeches this week.

Oil prices were little changed. crude was off 4 cents to $52.59. Global benchmark crude gained 8 cents to $58.32.

Metal prices moved higher. added $8.90 to $1,512.80 an ounce in New York.

Interest rates moved up, thanks to the stock rally. The Treasury yield was at 1.587%, up from 1.539% on Tuesday.

Oil producer Hess (NYSE:), test-equipment maker Keysight Technologies (NYSE:), heart-valve-maker Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:) and chip-equipment maker Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ:) were among the top performers.

Apparel maker L Brands Inc (NYSE:), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:), Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:) and electric utility Evergy (NYSE:) were the among S&P 500 laggards.