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US stocks move higher following signs of trade progress

SeattlePI.com Monday, 25 November 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading on Monday over renewed optimism for a trade agreement and several blockbuster deals.

China issued new guidelines late Sunday for protecting intellectual property, which has been a key concern for foreign investors and a sticking point in negotiations to end the damaging trade war. President Donald Trump, on Friday, said the “China deal is coming along very well.”

Investors are also starting the week with several big deal announcements. Charles Schwab is buying rival TD Ameritrade for about $26 billion. French luxury group LVMH is paying $16.2 billion for Tiffany.

Technology stocks were the biggest winners in the early going. Nvidia rose 3.4% and Intel gained 1.3%. Many of the companies in the tech sector are sensitive to swings in trade sentiment because they rely on China for sales and supply chains.

Health care companies and a wide range of retailers also made solid gains.

Energy stocks lagged the market, along with more defensive sectors such as real estate and utilities.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.76% from 1.77% late Friday.

The latest signs of progress for trade negotiations open a week that is relatively light on economic and earnings reports. Consumer confidence and new home sales data are expected Tuesday. The Commerce Department will report third-quarter GDP on Wednesday.

The latest round of corporate financial results nears its end this week. Computer and printer maker HP releases its results on Tuesday and Deere reports on Wednesday. More than 95% of the companies in the S&P 500 have already reported, according to FactSet.

U.S. markets will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.6% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow...
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