Stocks close mixed as US-China trade talks resume

Equities closed mixed on Monday as investors focused on the resumption of U.S.-China trade talks.

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One topic on the table in this round of talks involves how China treats American companies’ intellectual property. An agreement on that issue would go a long way toward sealing a trade deal that could prevent tariffs from rising on Chinese imports.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer arrived in Beijing on Monday for three days of talks.

The two are scheduled to meet with China’s vice premier during this trip.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 25053.11 -53.22 -0.21% SP500 S&P 500 2709.8 +1.92 +0.07% I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 7307.9048 +9.71 +0.13%

Several retail brands helped lift the markets. Shares of Tesla rose after Canaccord Genuity raised its rating on the stock to Buy from Hold and hiked its price target.

Better-than-expected quarterly results lifted shares of Restaurant Brands International.

Shares of communications companies like Comcast and CBS weighed on the market.

Meanwhile, investors will get plenty of big names reporting earnings this week. They include two Dow components, Cisco Systems (Wednesday) and Coca-Cola (Thursday), and 62 members of the S&P 500.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg TSLA TESLA INC. 312.84 +7.04 +2.30% QSR RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. 63.72 +1.02 +1.63% CBS CBS CORP. 48.09 -1.47 -2.97% CMCSA COMCAST CORP. 37.00 -0.60 -1.60%

Just over two-thirds of the companies in the S&P 500 are out with their October-through-December results. So far earnings and revenue are coming in comfortably above expectations, howeve,r a number of firms guiding estimates lower for the current quarter has investors concerned.

In Asian markets on Monday, China’s Shanghai Composite index rose 1.4 percent as the market returned to action following the week-long Lunar New Year holiday. Investors were optimistic about

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