Wall Street edges back, helped by bargain hunters
Major U.S. stock indexes posted modest gains on Tuesday, helped by gains for chip stocks as investors took advantage of cheaper prices following a steep recent pullback for equities.
The consumer staples <.splrcs> sector, boosted by Coca-Cola shares, was among the leading sectors a day after a volatile session that pushed the benchmark S&P 500 close to confirming its second correction of 2018.
However, stocks ended off their session lows on Monday and clawed back further on Tuesday.
"This is a continuation of the recovery we saw yesterday,” said Hugh Johnson, chief investment officer with Hugh Johnson Advisors in Albany, New York.
"The silver lining behind the dark cloud is that it`s driven stocks to a level that`s meaningfully under-valued," Johnson said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 175.96 points, or 0.72 percent, to 24,618.88, the S&P 500 <.spx> gained 11.65 points, or 0.44 percent, to 2,652.9 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> added 19.58 points, or 0.28 percent, to 7,069.87.
S&P 500 companies are on pace to have posted a 25.3 percent rise in third-quarter earnings with more than half of the constituents having reported, according to I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv.
But despite the big overall profit increase, some high-profile companies have issued disappointing reports. On Tuesday, General Electric
“As earnings roll in, most of them have been OK," said Rick Meckler, partner at Cherry Lane Investments in New Vernon, New Jersey.
"It’s just that some of the misses have been of the most well-known companies and it has kind of overshadowed a little bit of the better earnings of smaller companies or less iconic companies.”
The Philadelphia semiconductor index <.sox> jumped 2.4 percent, with Intel
Chip stocks had broadly dropped on Monday, as renewed concerns about U.S.-China trade tensions sparked declines for the market.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he thinks there will be "a great deal" with China on trade, but warned that he has billions of dollars` worth of new tariffs ready to go if a deal is not possible.
Chip stocks also gained following a better-than-expected report from chip-gear maker KLA-Tencor
In other earnings news, Coca-Cola Co`s
Under Armour Inc`s
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.50-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.53-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 10 new 52-week highs and 25 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 14 new highs and 189 new lows.
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