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 November 7, 2019 - 4:31 PM EST
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Dow Jumps More than 180 on Trade Optimism

Dow Jumps More than 180 on Trade Optimism

Stocks rose to record highs on Thursday after the world's two largest economies reportedly agreed to remove existing trade tariffs, sparking a huge rotation into equities and out of bonds.

The Dow Jones Industrials galloped 182.24 points to close Thursday at 27,674.80, as trade bellwethers Caterpillar and Boeing were both up at least 1%.

The S&P 500 added 8.4 points to 3,085.18, as the financials sector gained 0.7%. Energy stocks also advanced 1.6%.

The NASDAQ tacked on 23.89 points, to 8,434.52

Bank of America shares rose 1.3%, fueled by the near 15-point surge in the 10-year U.S. rate. Citigroup added 1.9% and J.P. Morgan Chase climbed 0.5%.

In corporate news, Booking Holdings, Disney and Activision Holdings are the companies set to report their latest quarterly figures after market close.

Qualcomm shares jumped more than 6% after reporting Wednesday quarterly results that topped analyst expectations. The company's results were driven by strength in Qualcomm's licensing business.

On the data front, the latest weekly jobless claims numbers came in at 211,000, down slightly from 218,000 in the previous week.

Gao Feng, a ministry spokesperson for China's Commerce Ministry, saidthat both sides had agreed to simultaneously cancel some existing tariffs on one another's goods, according to the country's state broadcaster. The ministry spokesperson said that both sides were closer to a so-called "phase-one" trade agreement following constructive negotiations over the past two weeks.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury fell sharply, raising yields to 1.92% from Wednesday's 1.82%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices gained 67 cents to $57.02 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices fell 24 dollars to $1,469.10 U.S. an ounce.

Source: Livemoney (November 7, 2019 - 4:31 PM EST)