US stocks end higher on easing trade fears, Facebook jumps | Fin24

US stocks end higher on easing trade fears, Facebook jumps

Apr 11 2018 09:29

New York - Wall Street stocks finished solidly higher on Tuesday amid easing of US-China trade tensions, while Facebook surged as CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologised to Congress over a data breach scandal.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 2.1% at 7 094.30, as Facebook jumped 4.5%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.8% to end the day at 24 408.00, while the broad-based S&P 500 advanced 1.7% to 2 656.87.

Markets breathed a sigh of relief after a much-anticipated address by Chinese leader Xi Jinping attempted to quell a worsening trade conflict with US President Donald Trump.

Xi declared a "new phase of opening up," and promised concessions on car tariffs and intellectual property, among other areas.

Trump hailed Xi's "kind words," although the White House made clear that concrete follow-up steps would be needed. Some analysts considered Xi's speech largely a rehash of earlier statements.

"He seemed to reduce the tension," said Karl Haeling of LBBW. "The comments did not really bring anything new, but he said them in a very reassuring tone."

Facebook, meanwhile, scored big gains even as chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced a barrage of questions in the first of two congressional hearings following revelations that political research firm Cambridge Analytica plundered detailed personal data on 87 million users ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook had lost nearly 15% following the initial Cambridge Analytica stories and Monday's closing price and was "probably oversold" heading into the hearing, said Bill Lynch, director of investment for Hinsdale Associates.

Industrial shares were also buoyant, with Caterpillar, Boeing and DowDuPont all winning more than 3%.

Energy companies ExxonMobil and Chevron both rose nearly 3% on higher oil prices.

But higher oil prices weighed on airlines, with American Airlines dropping 4.7% and United Continental 1.4%.

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