Dow opens more than 100 points higher as banks and Nike shares rise
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 257 points, with Nike outperforming. The S&P 500 gained 0.8 percent as financials jumped 1 percent. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.7 percent.
Nike shares jumped more than 11 percent and reached an all-time high after the company reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat expectations.
Bank shares moved higher after announcing buybacks and dividend hikes following the Federal Reserve's annual stress test. Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase rose 1.3 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. Wells Fargo surged more than 5.5 percent. The SPDR S&P Bank exchange-traded fund (KBE) rose 0.7 percent.
“We’re clearly in a sideways market,” said Arian Vojdani, investment strategist at MV Financial. “The narrative — aside from strong economic data and good earnings — is not good.”
“Investors are sort of holding their cards to the chest because they want to see how this (trade spat) turns out,” Vojdani said.
The S&P 500 is up 2.3 percent this year, while the Dow is down 1.1 percent. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite and the small-caps Russell 2000 have outperformed with gains of 9.3 percent and 7.5 percent. All four indexes rose on Friday, setting them up to end the first half on a high note.
But despite the gains, stocks indexes were on track to close lower for the week as initial U.S. and Chinese tariffs are due to take effect next week.The Nasdaq is down more than 1.5 percent for the week, while the Dow and S&P 500 have fallen at least 0.3 percent. The Russell 2000, meanwhile has dropped 2 percent.
The Trump administration is set to activate tariffs on Chinese goods worth around $34 billion on July 6, which is then widely expected to trigger a tit-for-tat response from Beijing. Trump has also alienated Canada, by levying tariffs on its steel and aluminum imports. Canada announced retaliatory tariffs on Friday that target $12.6 billion in U.S. goods.
Axios reported on Friday, citing sources, that Trump has repeatedly told top White House officials that he wants the U.S. to withdraw from the World Trade Organization.
The ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China has sent market volatility higher this week, with the Cboe volatility index (VIX), surging 14 percent.
"For the stock market, the rest of the year could be quite exciting, in both a positive and a negative sense," said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network. "I expect the U.S. equity markets to end the year with moderate appreciation from levels at the end of December—around 3,000 for the S&P 500 as a base case."
"In the nearer term, the Trump administration’s trade policies have the potential both to disrupt supply chains and increase costs, which would certainly affect financial markets," said McMillan.
— CNBC’s Thomas Franck contributed to this report.