Wall Street rises as climbing yields boost financials
By April Joyner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street stocks largely rose on Monday as a jump in 10-year bond yields boosted financials and as news of upcoming international trade talks offset the negative impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar on corporate earnings forecasts. The financial sector rose 1.4 percent after 10-year U.S
By April Joyner
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street stocks largely rose on Monday as a jump in 10-year bond yields boosted financials and as news of upcoming international trade talks offset the negative impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar on corporate earnings forecasts.
The financial sector <.SPSY> rose 1.4 percent after 10-year U.S. Treasury yields climbed to their highest level in five weeks. The Federal Reserve was seen as likely to continue raising interest rates despite criticism from President Donald Trump.
News of ongoing trade talks helped U.S. stocks edge upward. Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent Trump a letter urging a quick wrap-up of trade negotiations, and trade officials from Mexico and the United States will meet later this week.
Also, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is scheduled to meet with Trump on Wednesday, though he will not arrive in Washington with a specific trade offer.
"One of the reasons we're holding tight is rumours that there will be progress made on trade agreements with Europe, as well as the new comments from the president of Mexico," said Robert Phipps, a director at Per Stirling Capital Management in Austin, Texas.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 3.57 points, or 0.01 percent, to 25,054.55, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 5.24 points, or 0.19 percent, to 2,807.07 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 21.58 points, or 0.28 percent, to 7,841.78.
Still, the effects of international trade tensions weighed as some investors worry that the U.S.-China trade war could spill over to the currency markets. The dispute has sent the dollar higher, and as a result, several U.S. multinationals are reevaluating their currency hedging strategies.
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Yet the second-quarter earnings season has been strong, with analysts' profit growth forecasts now at about 22 percent, up from 20.7 percent at the start of the month, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
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Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.39-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.01-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
The S&P 500 posted 26 new 52-week highs and five new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 107 new highs and 50 new lows.
(Reporting by April Joyner; Additional reporting by Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Cynthia Osterman)
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