S&P 500 closes 1% higher for second straight session on global stimulus talk, trade optimism

Apple leads Dow gainers after Trump says Tim Cook made good point about tariff harm

President Donald Trump, right, and Apple CEO Tim Cook in March.


U.S. stocks rallied Monday, lifted by encouraging comments from President Donald Trump and other officials on trade talks, along with a move by China over the weekend to lower borrowing costs for companies.

Reports that Germany may also be considering stimulus measures underpinned gains for European stocks.

How did the major benchmarks fare?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average  DJIA, -0.62%  rose 249.78 points, or 1%, to end at 26,135.79, while the S&P 500 index  SPX, -0.56%  added 34.97 points, or 1.2%, to close at 2,923.65. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.67% advanced 106.82 points, or 1.4%, to finish at 8,002.81.

The session marks a second straight day of sharp gains, after Friday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 306.62 points, or 1.2%, the S&P 500 index added 41.08 points, or 1.4% and the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 129.38 points, or 1.7%.

Monday’s gains are the first consecutive 1% gains for the S&P 500 since Nov. 11, 2018, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

What’s drove the market?

The Commerce Department said Monday that it has given Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. another 90-day reprieve during which it can continue to do business with American companies, without the granting of case-by-case licences that would otherwise be needed, after the Commerce Department added it to its “entity list” in May.

In a statement, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross said: “As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption.” At the same time, the Commerce Department added another 46 Huawei subsidiaries to the list that will be subject to the full sanctions after Nov. 19.

The move comes a day after President Donald Trump played down recession fears in comments to reporters, while his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow echoed those comments in appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Kudlow predicted a strong second-half performance for the U.S. economy and told Fox News on Sunday that the administration was “looking at” a 10% tax cut for middle-income earners that was hinted at by Trump ahead of 2018 midterm elections.

Meanwhile, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said it was a “certainty” the U.S. will have a “strong economy through 2020 and beyond with a bull market,” thanks to stimulus from major economies and “the largest trade deal ever in history.” He also insisted the “Fed will be lowering rates” as part of that global stimulus push.

“Investors appeared to take to heart Trump’s claim that the U.S. is ‘doing tremendously well,’ alongside his reassurances that Washington and China are continuing to talk trade-wise,” wrote Connor Cambell, market analyst with Spreadex in a Monday note.

Apple Inc. AAPL, -1.30%  Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned Trump at dinner Friday that tariffs could hurt his company and give rivals an advantage. Trump said Cook “made a very compelling argument, so I’m thinking about it.”

Elsewhere, investors in Asia cheered a move by the People’s Bank of China to reform interest rates, with the goal of lowering real interest rates for companies, as that country also faces a slowing economy. And European stocks got a lift after German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz over the weekend suggested the government could come up with $55 billion in stimulus if needed.

Investors are hoping that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will use his speech Friday at the central bank’s economic policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to signal that a fed-funds rate cut will be delivered at the central bank’s next meeting Sept. 17-18.

Meanwhile, markets were watching remarks from Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a voting member of the central bank’s interest-rate-setting committee, and one who voted against the Fed’s July cut. “Economic conditions are still pretty good,” he told Bloomberg Television. “We have to be careful not to ease too much when we don’t have significant problems.”

Which stocks were in focus?

Shares of Apple rose 1.9%, making it one of the best performing Dow stocks in Monday activity.

Estée Lauder CosEL, +0.12%  stock rose 12.5% Monday, after releasing fiscal fourth-quarter earnings.

U.S.-traded shares of Weibo CorpWB, -1.22%  rallied 14.1%, after the Beijing-based social-media company reported a second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations.

Shares of Aramark ARMK, -2.56%  rose 8.3% Monday, after hedge fund Mantle Ridge L.P. disclosed that it had taken a large equity stake in the food- and uniform-services company.

Baidu IncBIDU, -0.08%  could be in focus Monday, as the Chinese Internet-search company is due to announce earnings after the close. U.S.-traded shares were up 7.8%.

How did other markets trade?

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, -3.79%  rose 5.7 basis points to 1.596%.

Stocks closed higher in Asia, with the China CSI 300 index closing up 2.1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.06%  adding 2.2%. Japan’s Nikkei 225NIK, +0.96%   rose 0.7%.

In Europe, stocks rose, with the pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.63% up 1.1%.

In commodities markets, the price of crude oil US:CLU19  was up 2.1% to $56 per barrel, and gold GCZ19, +0.98%  fell 0.9%, to about $1511.70 per ounce.

The ICE U.S. dollar index DXY, -0.11% , meanwhile, rose 0.1%

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-futures-rise-on-global-stimulus-talk-trade-optimism-2019-08-19?mod=MW_home_top_stories
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