Dow Jones Industrial Average Rose as Beijing Blinks on Hong Kong – Barron's

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Rebounding. The three main stock indexes made solid gains on Wednesday, recovering from Tuesday’s selloff. Hong Kong is formally withdrawing an extradition bill that had sparked widespread protests. U.K. Parliament passed a bill to block no-deal Brexit. In today’s After the Bell, we…

watch Hong Kong withdraw a controversial extradition bill after months of unrest; wonder if that concession could affect the U.S.-China trade war; and check on the latest episode of the Brexit saga.

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All three major indexes rose on encouraging news world-wide. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 237.45 points, or 0.91%, to close at 26,355.47. The S&P 500 added 31.51 points, or 1.08%, to finish at 2937.78, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 102.72 points, or 1.30%, to close at 7976.88.

After nearly three months of social unrest in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her first major concession to protesters’ demands and formally withdrew a controversial extradition bill that sparked the protest in the first place. The withdrawal only addresses one of the five demands from the protesters, and many view it as a compromise from Beijing to reduce tensions and weakening support for the protests.

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Investors are temporarily relieved as the protest has been disruptive to Hong Kong’s business environment over the past few months. The Hang Seng index jumped 3.9% on Wednesday, after tumbling 8% over the past two months.

Still, data show that the sharp decline in Hong Kong shares due to anti-China protests haven’t refrained Chinese investors back from investing in Hong Kong stocks, according to Ipek Ozkardeskaya of

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