U.S. stocks sharply higher; Dow up more than 400 points

U.S. stocks sharply higher; Dow up more than 400 points

News that the USA and China are open to negotiating to avert a trade war put investors in a buying mood Monday, giving the market its best day in more than two years and erasing about half of its huge losses last week. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures jumped 170 points, or 0.7%, to 23,782, while S&P 500 futures rose 20.45 points, or 0.8%, to 2,618.

US stock futures indicated a bounce for major indexes at the start of trading on Monday, boosted in part by signs that trade tensions may be easing between the USA and China. Mnuchin and Lighthizer sent to Mr. Liu late last week, the Trump administration set out specific requests that include a reduction of Chinese tariffs on USA automobiles, more Chinese purchases of US semiconductors and greater access to China's financial sector by American companies, the people said.

The Dow surged 669 points - its third-biggest point gain in history - and had its best day in two and a half years. The Nasdaq gained 3.3% and the S&P 500 climbed 2.7%.

Semiconductor stocks have shown a significant move to the upside in morning trading, driving the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index up by 2 percent. The stock gained $5.53 to $89.30. Brent crude, used to price global oils, shed 33 cents to close at $70.12 in London. The stock declined $2.52, or 1.6 percent, to $156.87. Microsoft was the biggest gainer in the 30-company Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500 index, climbing almost 8 per cent.

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Finish Line vaulted 29.9 per cent after the sporting goods retailer agreed to be bought by JD Sports Fashion PLC. Last week, the 10-year yield fell sharply to 2.81% last week as investors sought safe haven from volatile stocks.

The Federal Trade Commission announced it's probing Facebook after news reports raised "substantial concerns about the privacy practices" of the social media site.

Facebook ended barely higher after erasing an early slide triggered by new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices.

Last week, Brent gained 6.4 percent and WTI rose 5.7 per cent, the strongest weekly gains since July.

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Benchmark U.S. crude fell 38 cents to $65.50 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The dollar rose to 105.02 yen from 104.82 yen on Friday.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.2 percent, while France's CAC-40 added 0.3 percent.

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