Stocks open higher on Wall Street ahead of China trade deal

Stocks open higher on Wall Street ahead of China trade deal
FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2020, file photo traders monitor stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as traders welcome news that China’s top trade official will head to Washington next week to sign a preliminary trade deal with the U.S. Technology companies and banks led the way higher. Microsoft rose 1.3% and Goldman Sachs rose 1.2%. The S&P 500 rose 17 points, or 0.5%, to 3,270. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 144 points, or 0.5%, to 28,888. The Nasdaq added 77 points, or 0.8%, to 9,206. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.89%. Oil and gold prices fell.

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Global stock markets and oil prices edged up Thursday as anxiety over potential U.S.-Iranian armed conflict eased.

Indexes in London and Frankfurt rose after Tokyo closed more than 2% higher. Shanghai and Hong Kong also advanced, while Wall Street futures pointed to gains on the open.

Markets had largely fallen on Wednesday after Iran launched missiles at bases housing Americans in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of an Iranian general. Anxiety subsided after reports indicated no Americans were killed and President Donald Trump said Iran “appears to be standing down.”

The lack of casualties “gave the markets more confidence that the Iranians had instigated little more than the intention to make a public show of force mainly to save face at home,” said analyst Stephen Innes of AxiTrader.

In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 gained 0.5% to 7,612 and Frankfurt’s DAX rose 1.1% to 13,467. France’s CAC 40 added 0.2% to 6,045.

On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average were up nearly 0.3%.

In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 powered ahead 2.3% to 23,739.87 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.7% to 28,561.00. The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.9% to 3,094.88.

Seoul’s Kospi rose 1.6% to 2,186.45 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 0.8% to 6,874.20. India’s Sensex rose 1.4% to 41,409.69.

Trump said he would add economic sanctions on Iran but the United States is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

Oil prices rebounded Thursday after first surging on news of the Iranian attack and then falling back once tensions appeared to be easing.

Benchmark U.S. crude gained 43 cents to $60.04 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the contract fell $3.09 to settle at $59.61. It traded as high as $65.65 following the missile attack.

Brent crude, used to price international oils, advanced 24 cents to $65.68 per barrel in London. It fell $2.83 the previous session to $65.44.

Gold had a similar whipsaw day. It climbed as high as $1,604.20 per ounce to a seven-year high before falling back. On Thursday it was down $8.20 at $1,552.

In currency trading, the dollar gained to 109.36 yen from Wednesday’s 109.08 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1114 from $1.1105.