Stocks – Wall Street Struggles for Direction at Start of the Week

© Reuters. – Stocks in New York were little changed at the open as investors waited for any signs of progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China.

The fell 0.04%, while the lost 0.23%. The tech-heavy rose 0.2%.

The could help the market find some direction when it’s released at 10 AM ET (15:00 GMT). Economists are expecting a slight decline.

A large drop in the ISM manufacturing index last week raised concerns about a slowdown.

The U.S. and China kicked off talks in Beijing on Monday. It’s the first face-to-face meeting since U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping in December agreed to a 90-day truce in the trade war to help strike a deal.

After ominous signs the trade war was taking a toll on U.S. growth, including Apple’s (NASDAQ:) sales warning and the weak ISM, investors are worried that corporate profits could take a bigger hit than anticipated.

Among active stocks, General Electric (NYSE:) rose 2.4% on a report its aircraft leasing unit could be a target for private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

Loxo Oncology (NASDAQ:) soared 66% on news Eli Lilly (NYSE:) will buy the company . Lilly fell about 1%.

And Pacific Gas & Electric (NYSE:) plunged 26% following a report from Reuters after the bell Friday that the utility in the wake of the California wildfires.

— Reuters contributed to this report.

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