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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 39.6 points, or 0.16 percent, to 25,502.18, the S&P 500 gained 10.05 points, or 0.35 percent, to 2,850.4 and the Nasdaq Composite added 47.66 points, or 0.61 percent, to 7,859.68. The Cboe Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term gyrations for the S&P 500, closed down 0.37 point at 11.27, its lowest close since late January. Nine of the S&P’s 11 major industry sectors advanced, with the technology index, which rose 0.6 percent and the financial sector, which gained 0.4 percent, providing the biggest boosts to the benchmark.
Of the 413 S&P 500 companies that have reported second-quarter results so far, 79.2 percent have topped earnings estimates, according to Thomson Reuters data, That compares with the 72 percent average for the past four quarters, “We still have a good amount of positive sentiment coming from a strong earnings season, ., That’s certainly providing a significant amount of positive force to stocks today,” said Invesco’s Hooper, The finance sector’s biggest auburn university needlepoint cufflinks contributor was Berkshire Hathaway Inc, which rose 2.3 percent after the Warren Buffett-led conglomerate reported a 67 percent surge in quarterly operating profit..
Technology’s biggest boost came from Facebook, which gained 4.4 percent after the Wall Street Journal reported it had asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about customers as part of an effort to offer new services. Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.47-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.61-to-1 ratio favored advancers. The S&P 500 posted 22 new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 83 new highs and 76 new lows. Volume on U.S. exchanges was 5.95 billion shares, compared to the 6.29 billion average for the last 20 trading days.
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“We have a shot at breaking that record,” S&P Dow Jones senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt said on Monday, noting that buybacks for the second quarter were running above his expectations. At the same time, Goldman Sachs said in a note that it raised its estimate for 2018 corporate repurchase authorizations to a record $1 trillion, which would mark a 46 percent increase over last year. Buyback authorizations so far this year are up to $754 billion, Goldman said. The jump in planned and actual buybacks is largely due to a tax overhaul approved by Congress late last year.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock markets lifted on Monday after strong corporate earnings helped Wall Street close higher, but a tariff dispute between the United States and China limited gains in equities while boosting the dollar and helping keep Treasury yields lower, Sterling GBP= dropped to an 11-month low after the British trade minister warned that the nation was headed for a no-deal Brexit, stoking auburn university needlepoint cufflinks investor fears that Britain could soon leave the European Union without securing a trade agreement..
U.S. Treasury yields dipped, with the 10-year yield holding below 3 percent on moderate buying, on trade concerns and in advance of this week’s August refunding, where the government will sell $78 billion in coupon-bearing securities. “It’s the trade tension between U.S. and China that’s caused a pickup in bids for Treasuries,” said James Barnes, director of fixed income at Bryn Mawr Trust in Devon, Pennsylvania. After opening lower, all three major U.S. indexes closed higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 39.60 points, or 0.16 percent, to 25,502.18, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 10.1 points, or 0.35 percent, to 2,850.40 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 47.66 points, or 0.61 percent, to 7,859.68. [nL1N1UX19K].
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