US Stocks Rise on US-China Optimism

Health care and energy stocks slumped. Cigna fell 2.6% and Haliburton shed 1.5%.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.85% from 1.82% late Friday, in another sign that investors are heading into the week with confidence.

KEEPINGS SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.2% as 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 35 points, or 0.1%, to 28,861. The Nasdaq rose 0.3%. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks fell 0.1%.

STRONG DEFENSE: Hexcel rose 9.5% after the company said it is being bought by rival Woodward in a deal that will create one of the largest suppliers in the aerospace and defense industry. Woodward rose 4.9% and will own the majority of the combined company when the deal closes.

TAKE A BOW: Netflix rose 1.2% as the streaming video service earned two best picture nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards. Both Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” are contenders. The streaming video service has been pushing further into production of its own movies and original programming as competition heats up with other services, including Amazon and Hulu, along with traditional players such as HBO.

EARNINGS AHEAD: Banks will be the first major companies to give investors a clearer profit picture for the final quarter of 2019. JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup will report fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday and Bank of America will follow on Wednesday.

Delta Air Lines will be the first major airline to report financial results on Tuesday. The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, will report earnings on Wednesday and railroad operator CSX will report on Thursday.

ECONOMY IN FOCUS: Wall Street will also have several economic reports to consider this week. The government will release its December reports on consumer prices and wholesale prices

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