Dow and S&P 500 rise on hopes of US-China trade deal

“Stocks rose on Tuesday in choppy trading as investors hoped the U.S. and China will strike a deal on trade,” Fred Imbert reports for CNBC. “The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 103 points higher, while the S&P 500 gained 0.3 percent. The Nasdaq Composite traded just above the flatline.”

“The indexes rose after National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said the White House was having ‘a lot of communication with the Chinese government at all levels’ ahead of a meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping,” Imbert reports. “‘The whole year comes down to the next few weeks,’ said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist for Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management. ‘Most of what’s happening is geopolitics-related. If we can get clarity on any of those things (tariffs, Brexit, the Italian budget), especially tariffs, that would be positive for the market.'”

“Kudlow’s comments came after Trump told The Wall Street Journal that it was ‘highly unlikely’ that the U.S. would delay from increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25 percent. Trump went onto suggest that a 10 percent tariff on laptops and iPhones imported from China could be imposed. Shares of Apple dropped 0.6 percent while steel stocks fell broadly on Trump’s comments,” Imbert reports. “The moves on Tuesday come after Wall Street finished Monday’s session sharply higher, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing more than 350 points higher. The S&P 500 also rose more than 1 percent.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, President Trump’s meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit go well!

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  1. European Union and China are almost 50% of the worlds trade and with our trade deals we reach total of 75% of the trade in the world. So Trumpy with his 25% can go F himself. We do perfectly well without him. He on the otherhand desperately needs us.

  2. Yes, Trump’s meeting with foreign leaders usually goes very well. After he tells them what horrible people they are and threatens them there is the usual photo op and he comes home empty handed declaring it to be a total success. What could possibly go wrong.

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