Wall Street Higher Monday 08/03 09:31
Wall Street is starting August with more gains, and U.S. stocks are climbing
in early Monday trading following encouraging reports from around the world on
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street is starting August with more gains, and U.S.
stocks are climbing in early Monday trading following encouraging reports from
around the world on the economy.
The S&P 500 was 0.7% higher, tacking more gains onto its four-month winning
streak, with Big Tech once again leading the way. Treasury yields also ticked
higher in a sign of lessened pessimism.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 215 points, or 0.8%, at 26,643, as
of 10:05 a.m. Eastern time, and the gains for tech stocks helped the Nasdaq
composite jump 1.3%.
Many competing currents are pushing the market in different directions, but
the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy remain the most forceful.
Reports showed that European manufacturing strengthened more in July than
economists expected, which helped to lift markets globally. The gains built
after a follow-up report showed U.S. manufacturing growth accelerated last
month at a faster pace than economists expected. The reports added to evidence
that the global economy at least temporarily halted its freefall from earlier
Earlier in the day, a private survey which showed China's manufacturing
activity also grew at a faster rate in July than expected.
In Washington, meanwhile, slow, grinding negotiations on a huge relief
effort for the U.S. economy are set to resume on Monday. Both the Trump
administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats reported
progress over the weekend, though differences remain. At least several more
days of talks are expected.
The discussions have taken on more urgency because $600 in weekly benefits
for laid-off workers from the federal government have expired, just as the
number of layoffs ticks up across the country amid a resurgence of coronavirus
counts and business restrictions.
Big Tech has remained almost immune to such concerns, though, driving higher
through the pandemic on expectations that it can continue to grow.
Microsoft jumped 3.8% after it confirmed that it's in talks to buy the U.S.
arm of TikTok, a Chinese-owned video app that is very popular but that also has
drawn the White House's scrutiny. Microsoft said its CEO, Satya Nadella, has
talked with President Donald Trump about it, and the tech giant expects the
talks with TikTok to end no later than Sept. 15 either with a deal or not.
Apple added 4.6%, piling more gains onto its 10.5% gain Friday following a
blowout report showing that its profits during the spring easily topped Wall
Those two stocks are the biggest in the U.S. stock market, which gives their
movements huge sway over indexes. The pair alone accounted for about two-thirds
of the S&P 500's morning gain.
Health care stocks were also strong, with Varian Medical surging 21.7% for
the biggest gain in the S&P 500. Germany-based Siemens Healthineers said it
will buy the cancer therapy and research company in a deal worth roughly $16.4
Germany's DAX stock index returned 2.3% following the strong reports on
European manufacturing. France's CAC 40 rose 1.6%, and the FTSE 100 in London
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2%, South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.1%
and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 0.6%. Stocks in Shanghai rose 1.8%
The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 0.56% from 0.53% late Friday.
Benchmark U.S. crude rose 1.3% to $40.78 per barrel. Brent crude, the
international standard, was up 0.2% at $43.61 per barrel.