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13.02.2019 05:09

Major US stock indexes ended in positive territory

Major US stock indexes have risen sharply, helped by news that US lawmakers made a preliminary deal to finance border security. Improving the prospects for trade between the United States and China also supported stocks.

On Monday evening, congressional negotiators struck a deal in principle, which is expected to prevent the partial closure of the federal government on Friday. However, the draft agreement does not provide the funding needed to build the wall of President Donald Trump along the border between the United States and Mexico. Thus, it is not clear whether the president will support this version of the agreement.

The focus of investors' attention is also continued to be trade negotiations between the US and China, as both countries are trying to conclude a deal before the deadline in early March. Both sides expressed the hope that a new round of negotiations, which began on Monday in Beijing, would bring them closer to a comprehensive trade agreement. Bloomberg News also reported that some US advisers admit that the most likely scenario at the moment is a deadline shift.

In addition, the vacancy and labor turnover review (JOLTS), published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that in December, the number of vacancies increased to 7.335 million from 7.166 million in November (revised from 6.888 million). The latter value represents the new cyclical maximum. Analysts had expected the number of vacancies to fall to 6.9 million. The level of vacancies increased by 0.1 percent and amounted to 4.7 percent. The number of vacancies increased in the private sector (+198 00) and has changed little in the government sphere. In addition, hiring amounted to 5.907 million versus 5.812 million in November. The level of employment has not changed, and amounted to 3.9 percent.

Almost all the components of DOW finished trading in positive territory (28 out of 30). The growth leader was Caterpillar Inc. (CAT, + 2.83%). The Walt Disney Company (DIS, -0.21%) was an outsider.

All sectors of the S & P recorded an increase. The industrial goods sector grew the most (+ 1.6%).

At the time of closing:

Dow 25,425.15 +372.04 +1.49%

S & P 500 2,744.61 +34.81 +1.28%

Nasdaq 100 7,414.62 +106.71 +1.46%


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