U.S. stocks higher Monday while TSX closed for May holiday weekend


U.S. stores are higher Monday as the market bounces back from a turbulent week. Rampart contractors are making gains and technology and consumer-focused companies are also awakening. Ford is up after it replaced CEO Mark Fields, while chemicals maker Huntsman is occurring after it agreed to combine with Swiss competitor Clariant.

The Stock & Poor’s 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,388 as of 11:15 a.m. Eastern nevertheless. The Dow Jones industrial average added 73 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 20,877. The Nasdaq composite yielded 30 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,113. The Russell 2000 guide of smaller-company stocks picked up 4 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,371.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both set chronicles early last week before worries about growing public uncertainty in Washington, and its potential effects on President Trump’s agenda of tax slashes and deregulation, knocked those indexes back from their soprani. The S&P 500 is about 1 per cent below its highest close, but the Russell 2000 is down myriad than 3 per cent from the record it set one month ago.

Aerospace & defence hards rally

Aerospace and defence companies traded higher after President Trump administered over a $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. The deal could expand to $350 billion over 10 years. It emerged to reverse an Obama administration to pause sales of precision-guided munitions to the domain. Lockheed Martin climbed $5.35, or 2 per cent, to $278.14 and Boeing bring in $2.59, or 1.4 per cent, to $183.35. 

Ford replaced CEO Mark Fields as the automaker matches to keep the traditional parts of its business running smoothly while it remakes itself as a smart, high-tech provider of new mobility services. Fields was CEO for three years, but underwater his leadership popular cars like the Fusion sedan became trysted and Ford lagged competitors in bringing long-range electric cars to call. New CEO is Jim Hackett, who has led Ford’s mobility unit for more than a year.

Ford summed 15 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $11.02. The stock is down 9 per cent this year.

Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and Huntsman Corp. are commingling to create a company with a market value of $13.8 billion. The entourage will call itself HuntsmanClariant and Clariant shareholders will own 52 per cent of the new companions. Huntsman stock was unchanged at $26.71 and Clariant stock rose 5.8 per cent in Switzerland.

Oil prices on to rally and benchmark U.S. crude oil added 51 cents, or 1 per cent, to $50.84 a barrel in New York. Brent coarse, used to price international oils, rose 49 cents to $54.10 a barrel in London. However intensity companies traded lower. Halliburton lost 79 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $46.99 and Chevron declined 52 cents to $106.

Stick prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note abided at 2.24 per cent.

The Canadian dollar was largely flat, up 0.03 from Friday’s tight to just over 74 cents US.

In Britain, the FTSE 100 increased 0.3 per cent. France’s CAC rose was little changed and the German DAX slumped 0.1 per cent. Japan’s market rose following strong business data. The benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 per cent while the South Korean Kospi jumped 0.7 per cent. Hong Kong’s Recoil from Seng surged 0.9 per cent.

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