The so-called “stock market bloodbath” has continued on Friday with major indices falling down to the lows of the last October. What's going on?
US shares rally on trade optimism
On Tuesday, American key indexes managed to jump more than 1%, in a broad-based ascend powered by a deal reached by US lawmakers to avert another partial US government shutdown as well as expectations that the US-China trade negotiations could end up in a long-awaited agreement.
However, it wasn’t clear, if US leader would accept the agreement as congressional aides told it didn’t come with the $5.7 billion he would like to have at hand for a border wall.
Even although US leader hasn't settled on an agreement, the way market participants are considering it is that it’s more positive than what they had on Monday, as some analysts explained.
On Monday, trade negotiations resumed and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin along with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer came to Beijing on Tuesday to take part in high-level negotiations scheduled later this week.
The world's two leading economies are all geared up towards striking a deal before a March 1 deadline, exactly when extra American levies on China’s imports will come into effect.
Trade-sensitive industrials managed to rally by 1.3%, backed by Boeing, 3M, and Caterpillar.
In addition to this, chipmakers, depending on China for a big chunk of their gains, tacked on too and pushed the Philadelphia chip index 1.86% up.
The broader technology sector headed north by 1.19%, backed by profits in Microsoft, Apple, and Intel.
As for the S&P 500 index, it’s nearly 7% away from its September 20 record maximum, underpinned by optimism on trade, a generally positive fourth-quarter earnings season as well as a dovish Federal Reserve.
ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tacked on by 1.11% concluding the trading session at 25,332.01. As for the S&P 500, it jumped by 1.09% hitting 2,739.33, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 1.32% demonstrating 7,404.68.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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