Dow jumps 200 points amid renewed optimism over U.S.-China trade talks

U.S. stocks rose Wednesday morning as investors took cheer from a report that Beijing and Washington are still working toward a phase one trade deal, offsetting fears of a delay sparked a day earlier by President Donald Trump’s remarks.

What are stocks doing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.70% rose 207 points, 0.8%, to 27,711. The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.75% was 24 points higher, or 0.8%, trading at 3,117. The Nasdaq Composite Index  COMP, +0.64% jumped 62 points, or 0.7%, at 8,582.

On Tuesday, the Dow ended 280.23 points lower, down 1%, at 27,502.81, for its biggest one-day drop since Oct. 8. The S&P 500 finished with a loss of 20.67 points, or 0.7%, at 3,093.20, while the Nasdaq retreated 47.34 points, or 0.6%, ending at 8,520.64.

What’s driving the market?

U.S. stock index benchmarks recovered some of the week’s lost ground after Bloomberg News, citing sources familiar, reported that despite signs of fresh tensions, Beijing and Washington were making progress toward a phase one trade deal. The comments also helped to provide a lift to European equities also.

Bloomberg’s report said any partial resolution on trade would be completed before another set of China tariffs kicks in on Dec. 15. The news comes after stocks broadly slumped on Tuesday following a President Trump news conference in London, where he indicated there was “no deadline” when it comes to concluding the nearly two-year-old U.S.-China trade spat. He made those comments at a NATO meeting.

“It still baffles me that investors hang on every Trump statement and tweet,” said Craig Erlam, an analyst with OANDA Europe. “His trade deal optimism changes on a near-daily basis and yet investors are very sensitive to it. It’s probably a reflection of the relative lack of other talking points.”

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