Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down Monday after earnings reports from Citigroup (C – Get Report) and Goldman Sachs Group (GS – Get Report) .
- Citigroup posted better-than-expected results in the first quarter. The stock dipped slightly.
- Goldman Sachs Group (GS – Get Report) fell 3.9% after first-quarter profit fell 21% though less than expected.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 28 points, or 0.10%, at 26,385, the S&P 500 slipped 0.06%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.1%.
“Despite inverted yield curve worries, earnings coming out of major financial players are on a tear,” said Chris Larkin, senior vice president at E*Trade. “The SPX is less than 1% from its all-time highs and it’s anyone’s guess if it will break through our not. Trade and earnings are the primary factors in the equation that could push it up or right back down. The tech sector has seen some serious strength as hopes of a trade deal grow stronger. Health care, on the other hand, has had a tough go of it as investors once again shift away from defensive plays.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said over the weekend that that the U.S. and China – the world’s two largest economies – were moving closer to a trade agreement.
Mnuchin, speaking Saturday on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings, said the U.S. and China held phone discussions last week and he wasn’t sure if more face-to-face meetings would be needed. Mnuchin didn’t give a timetable for when negotiations might be completed, the Associated Press reported.
Reuters reported that U.S. negotiators have tempered demands that China curb industrial subsidies as a condition for a trade deal after strong resistance from Beijing. Negotiators have become resigned to securing less than they would like on curbing those subsidies and are focused instead on other areas where they consider demands are more achievable, Reuters added, citing sources.