, which makes iPhones and MacBooks in China, and that in turn helped lift the three major indexes.
The Dow and S&P 500 gained roughly 1-and-a-half percent.
William O'Neil chief investment strategist, Randy Watts: SOUNDBITE: WILLIAM O'NEIL CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, RANDY WATTS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "People are optimistic that maybe this is a sign that there could be some progress this calendar year on a trade deal.
I remain a little bit skeptical on whether we're actually going to get a trade deal this calendar year.
There's still a lot of hurdles to overcome." The Trump Administration said it would delay implementing 10% tariffs on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles, and certain items of footwear and clothing, among other things.
That announcement sparked a rally in shares of companies that are heavily exposed to Chinese demand, such as chip stocks Intel and Nvidia and industrial bellwethers Caterpillar and 3M.
Retail stocks also caught a break...they source much of their products from China.
Business Insider reports that US stocks are on course to close lower for a third consecutive week. The S&P 500 has lost nearly 9% since early September's record high. That decline was mainly driven by losses in the technology sector. But Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank are upbeat the US stock market sell-off is mostly over. Goldman Sachs kept its end-of year S&P 500 target to 3,600 by year end.
2020 has been a wild ride for stocks. Business Insider reports that the market continues to face risks stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also election uncertainty, and the potential for heightened trade tensions with China. BI reports that investors should continue to hold on for the potential of more gains ahead. In a note, investment group LPL raised its year-end S&P 500 fair-value target to a range of 3,450 to 3,500, the note said.
Wall Street's main indexes hit their lowest in nearly seven weeks Monday as concerns about fresh coronavirus-driven lockdowns and the inability of Congress to agree on more fiscal stimulus raised fears about another hit to the domestic economy. Fred Katayama reports.
On Thursday, US stocks fell 320 points. The drop comes even as weekly jobless-claims data came in better than expected. Business Insider reports that weekly jobless claims fell by more than 30,000 from the previous week, to 860,000. Tech stocks led the decline. Investors continued to process Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's comments expressing uncertainty about the economic recovery. Powell also said the Fed didn't expect to raise interest rates until at least 2023.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, supporting views the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was running out of steam amid diminishing government funding. Fred Katayama reports.
A group of Apple's critics - including Spotify Technology, Match Group and "Fortnite" creator Epic Games - have joined a nonprofit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge the iPhone maker's App Store practices. Fred Katayama reports.
Even as dealmakers bicker over who will actually own TikTok Global, another question emerged after President Donald Trump agreed over the weekend to keep the wildly popular video-sharing app running in the United States for another week: how can they possibly create 25,000 new jobs in the United States? Fred Katayama reports.
Wall Street's main indexes closed lower on Monday as concerns about new lockdowns in Europe and possible delays in fresh stimulus from Congress raised fears the U.S. economy faces a longer road to recovery than previously hoped for. Fred Katayama reports.