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Stocks End Up Despite Trade Dispute    09/18 15:56

   Once again, Wall Street's jitters over the escalating trade dispute between 
the U.S. and China proved to be short-lived.

   (AP) -- Once again, Wall Street's jitters over the escalating trade dispute 
between the U.S. and China proved to be short-lived.

   U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Tuesday as investors largely brushed off 
the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 
billion of Chinese goods. A swift response by China, saying it will increase 
tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, also didn't dampen investors' 
buying mood.

   "The tariffs, they kind of came in as expected, but there's been this 
ongoing hope that this eventually will get resolved," said Erik Davidson, chief 
investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

   Gains in technology stocks and consumer-focused companies powered Tuesday's 
broad rally, which reversed nearly all of the indexes' losses from a day 
earlier.

   Bond yields climbed, sending banks higher. Energy stocks also rose along 
with crude oil prices.

   The S&P 500 index rose 15.51 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,904.31. The Dow 
Jones Industrial Average climbed 184.84 points, or 0.7 percent, to 26,246.96. 
The Nasdaq composite gained 60.32 points, or 0.8 percent, to 7,956.11. The 
Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 7.42 points, or 0.4 percent, to 
1,710.97.

   The Trump administration announced late Monday that it will impose tariffs 
on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods starting next Monday, 
potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The 
tariffs will start at 10 percent and then climb to 25 percent on Jan. 1.

   China responded by saying it will increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of 
U.S. goods. The move involves increases of 10 percent and 5 percent on 5,207 
types of U.S. goods. A list released last month included coffee, honey and 
industrial chemicals.

   Trump has threatened to add another $267 billion in Chinese imports to the 
target list in response to any retaliation by China. That would raise the total 
to $517 billion, covering nearly everything China sells in the United States.

   Even so, there were no signs of the jitters Tuesday that caused Monday's 
sell-off, snapping a five-day winning streak for the S&P 500.

   "Some companies will be affected, but there was an expectation that this 
could have been far worse," said Doug Cote, chief market strategist for Voya 
Investment Management.

   Technology stocks accounted for much of the market's gains. Chipmaker Micron 
Technology climbed 4 percent to $45.33.

   Apple, which received an exemption to the new tariffs on goods imported from 
China, added 0.2 percent to $218.24. Fitbit also benefited from some of 
components that the company uses to manufacture its fitness monitoring bands 
not being among the items subject to the new tariffs. The stock jumped 6.4 
percent to $5.80.

   Gains by consumer-focused companies also helped lift the market. Netflix 
rose 4.9 percent to $367.65.

   Investors also had their eye on the latest batch of corporate earnings 
reports. 


   Cereal maker General Mills and package delivery giant FedEx declined sharply 
after reporting quarterly results that fell short of Wall Street's forecasts. 
General Mills slumped 7.6 percent to $44.13, while FedEx dropped 5.5 percent to 
$241.58.

   Tesla slid 3.4 percent to $284.96 after Bloomberg reported that the electric 
car maker is being investigated by the Justice Department over public 
statements made by CEO Elon Musk. Early last month Musk tweeted that he had 
secured funding to take the company private. A couple of weeks later, he put 
out a statement saying the go-private deal was off.

   Oil prices climbed ahead of an upcoming OPEC meeting where members will 
weigh how to address the loss of supply from Iran, which faces U.S. sanctions. 
Benchmark U.S. crude rose 1.4 percent to settle at $69.85 a barrel in New York. 
Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 1.3 percent to close at 
$79.03 a barrel in London.

   The pickup in oil prices helped send energy stocks higher. Marathon Oil 
climbed 3 percent to $21.50.

   Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 3.05 percent 
from 3 percent late Monday. That's the highest level since May 22, when the 
yield hit 3.06 percent.

   The dollar rose to 112.35 yen from 111.18 yen on Monday. The euro weakened 
to $1.1667 from $1.1686.

   Gold slipped 0.2 percent to $1,202.90 an ounce. Silver lost 0.3 percent to 
$14.19 an ounce. Copper surged 3 percent to $2.73 a pound.

   In other energy trading, heating oil climbed 1.3 percent to $2.24 a gallon, 
wholesale gasoline picked up 1.4 percent to $2 a gallon and natural gas jumped 
4.2 percent to $2.93 per 1,000 cubic feet.

   Major stock indexes in Europe closed mostly higher Tuesday. The DAX in 
Germany rose 0.5 percent, while France's CAC 40 added 0.3 percent. Britain's 
FTSE 100 was flat.

   Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.4 percent, while the Kospi in South Korea added 
0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.6 percent. 


(BE)

 
 
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