Stocks rose on Wednesday after a report stoked optimism around the upcoming trade talks between China and the U.S.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 150 points, or 0.6%. The S&P 500 gained 0.7% while the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.8%. Apple shares contributed to the gains, rising 0.9% after an analyst at Canaccord Genuity hiked his price target on the iPhone maker to $260 per share from $240.
The gains would be the indexes’ first in three sessions as worries around the negotiations have dented investor sentiment.
“It is harder to imagine an S&P 500 at similar/higher levels in October 2020 without a trade deal, better confidence over global economic growth, and improved corporate earnings,” said Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research. “However, it is worth remembering that other markets do not agree with these bearish fears.” He noted investment grade and high-yield corporate spreads remain “fairly tight.”
Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He, right, reaches to shake hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer before the opening session of trade negotiations at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.
Mark Schiefelbein | Pool | Reuters
Bloomberg News reported, citing an official, China is prepared to accept a partial trade deal as long as no more tariffs are imposed by President Donald Trump. The report added that Beijing would offer non-core concessions like purchases of agricultural products in return, but not budge on major sticking points between the two nations.
The unnamed official said, however, negotiators were not optimistic about securing a broad agreement that would fully end the trade conflict between the world’s two largest economies. Both sides are set for high-level trade negotiations in Washington on Thursday.
Separately, the Financial Times reported that officials in China are offering to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural products, in order to reach a partial deal.
The world’s two largest economies have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of one another’s goods since the start of 2018, battering financial markets and souring business and consumer sentiment. The long-running dispute has slowly expanded beyond trade policy, exacerbating fears about further damage to a fragile global economy.
Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday as expectations for progress on the trade talks dimmed. The Dow lost more than 300 points while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq dropped more than 1% each. Those expectations lowered amid U.S. visa restrictions on Chinese officials and the addition of more Chinese companies to a U.S. trade blacklist this week.
On the data front, and wholesale trade figures for August and Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data for August will both be released at around 10 a.m. ET.
—CNBC’s Matt Clinch and Sam Meredith contributed to this report.