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Apr 9, 2018

CNBC | U.S. Market: Dow surges 400 points as tech rises, US tries to soften trade tone against China on April 9, 2018.

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Dow surges 400 points as tech rises, US tries to soften trade tone against China

Fred Imbert, Alexandra Gibbs



Stocks traded sharply higher on Monday as the Trump administration tried to soften its tone regarding U.S.-China trade relations. Strong gains in tech also helped the major indexes surge.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 407 points, with Merck and Intel as the best-performing stocks in the index. The S&P 500 gained 1.8 percent, with tech surging 2.8 percent. The Nasdaq composite advanced 2.2 percent.
Shares of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Alphabet all rose more than 1.5 percent.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said told CBS on Sunday he does not expect a trade war between the U.S. and China to take place. Mnuchin made his comments after telling CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Friday that a trade war between the two largest world economies was possible.
President Donald Trump himself said in a tweet Sunday: "President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade. China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do. Taxes will become Reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property. Great future for both countries!"
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Caterpillar shares climbed 2 percent. The aerospace giant is seen as a company that could be adversely affected by a trade war.
Last week, China announced fresh tariffs on 106 U.S. products, which then saw Trump going on to threaten more levies, saying that he had asked the United States Trade Representative to consider $100 billion in additional tariffs against the Asian nation.
The trade news left Wall Street on edge last week, with the S&P 500 falling more than 1 percent in the time period. The Dow and Nasdaq also declined last week.
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
"There are two important conflicting signals right now emanating from the White House: The pro-business signal has been powered by deregulation and tax cuts. The protectionist signal raises the prospects of a trade war, which would be bad for business," Ed Yardeni, president and chief investment strategist at Yardeni Research, wrote in a note Monday.
"[W]e are going to stick with the bullish signal for business, as most clearly measured by S&P 500 earnings. We expect it will prevail over the bearish signal, which we expect will soon turn into background noise," Yardeni said.
The next corporate earnings season kicks off later in the week with financial companies BlackRock, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo all scheduled to release their quarterly results.
"First quarter earnings season is almost here, and the results/guidance should be very good," said Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, noting Wall Street is expecting first-quarter earnings to grow by 17 percent.
In corporate news, Merck rose more than 6.5 percent after a committee determined Keytruda has helped previously untreated lung cancer patients live longer.
Facebook climbed 1.7 percent ahead of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Tuesday regarding the data scandal involving firm Cambridge Analytica.