Data, trade hopes lift Wall Street to records

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 42.32 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 28,164, on Wednesday, the S&P 500 gained 13.13 points, or 0.42 per cent, to 3,153.65 and the Nasdaq Composite added 57.24 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 8,705.18.

Consumer discretionary stocks rose 0.83 to lead all sectors.

Data also showed new orders for key US-made capital goods increased by the most in nine months in October.

President Donald Trump’s comments on Tuesday that the United States was in the “final throes” of work on an agreement with China added to optimism.

The main indexes have repeatedly scaled to record levels this month on trade truce hopes, a third-quarter earnings season that topped lowered expectations and a dovish Federal Reserve. The S&P 500 has now closed at a record level in five of the past nine sessions.

Trading volumes were among the lowest of the year for a full-day session before the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday. The stock market will close early on Friday.

Capping gains on the Dow was a 1.48 per cent drop in shares of Boeing after the Federal Aviation Administration said it would be the only issuer of airworthiness certificates for new 737 MAX jets, the latest hurdle in the planemaker’s bid to get the plane back in the air.

Deere & Co dropped 4.30 per cent as the farm equipment maker warned of lower earnings in 2020.

Under Armour jumped 6.17 per cent as Raymond James upgraded the sportswear maker to “strong buy”.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.76-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.98-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 44 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 117 new highs and 35 new lows.

Volume on US exchanges was 5.57 billion shares, compared to the 7.06 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.



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