By Sruthi Shankar
(Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes rose to near all-time high on Monday on optimism about the imminent signing of a preliminary U.S.-China trade deal as well as the start of the fourth-quarter corporate earnings season.
Google-owner Alphabet Inc
An easing of Middle East tensions and signs that the Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement, which is expected to be signed in Washington on Wednesday, have encouraged of riskier bets over the last week.
Adding to the positive mood around trade, Bloomberg reported the Trump administration planned to lift its designation of China as a currency manipulator, according to people familiar with the matter.
The other major centerpiece this week will be earnings from the big banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co
"It's one of those days when we're setting up for that shift from macro to micro," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities in New York.
"My guess is that it (bank earnings) is going to be more good news than bad news and a lot of that is driven by the kick up in demand across the board whether it's demand from consumers or corporates."
Analysts expect profits at S&P 500 companies to drop 0.6% for a second straight quarterly decline, according to Refinitiv IBES data.
At 11:35 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> was up 57.49 points, or 0.20%, at 28,881.26, the S&P 500 <.SPX> was up 13.15 points, or 0.40%, at 3,278.50 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> was up 49.76 points, or 0.54%, at 9,228.62.
Aerospace companies Hexcel Corp
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 2.05-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 1.38-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded 46 new 52-week highs and one new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 109 new highs and 20 new lows.
(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Arun Koyyur)
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Updated Date: Jan 14, 2020 00:08:11 IST