NEW YORK (REUTERS) – US stocks ended more than 1% higher on Friday (Oct 11) though well off the day's highs after the announcement of a partial trade deal between the United States and China.
Indexes cut their gains late in the session as the deal was announced amid worries over potential glitches in the agreement, strategists said.
President Donald Trump said the United States and China had come to a substantial phase-1 trade deal, reaching agreement on intellectual property, financial services and big agricultural purchases.
Trump, who was speaking to reporters after talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, also said the two countries are close to ending their trade war.
The market had risen sharply earlier in the day due to optimism for an agreement.
"Anything that was less than a comprehensive agreement was likely to see some degree of market sell off," said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.
"The timing had a lot to do with the volatility. There were 15 minutes to go in the trading day on a Friday… after the Dow had risen 700 points in the last two days," he said.
Top-level discussions between the two countries concluded their second day on Friday.
Cyclicals were among the day's best-performing groups, with the S&P industrial index up about 2% ahead of the third-quarter earnings season, which is set to begin next week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 319.92 points, or 1.21%, to 26,816.59, the S&P 500 gained 32.14 points, or 1.09%, to 2,970.27 and the Nasdaq Composite added 106.27 points, or 1.34%, to 8,057.04.
Indexes also gained for the week, with the Dow and Nasdaq each up 0.9% and the S&P 500 up 0.6%.
Analysts expect S&P 500 earnings to have declined 3.2% year-on-year in the third quarter, which would mark the first decline since 2016, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
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