Stocks rose on Friday as investors cheered renewed optimism on the U.S.-China trade front. Wall Street also headed for strong gains for the week.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 200 points as Boeing shares turned around to trade 3 percent higher. Boeing’s turnaround was sparked by a report saying the company planned to roll out a software upgrade for its 737 Max aircraft. The stock had been under pressure all week after an Ethiopian Airlines flight using a 737 Max plane crashed on Sunday.
Gains in the tech and materials sectors pushed the S&P 500 up 0.6 percent. Tech shares also bolstered the Nasdaq Composite, which climbed 0.9 percent.
Equities headed for strong weekly gains on Friday as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were up more than 2 percent each through Thursday’s close. The Dow was up 1 percent, lagging its large-cap counterparts as steep losses in Boeing weighed on the 30-stock index.
This week’s gains were largely led by tech shares, as the sector surged 4 percent. The tech sector also became the best-performer of 2019. Nvidia is the best-performing stock in the sector, rising more than 12 percent while fellow semiconductor stocks like Broadcom and Lam Research also rose sharply this week.
Semiconductor shares rose broadly on Friday, as the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) climbed more than 2 percent. Broadcom shares led the gains, rising more than 9 percent after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke via telephone with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Xinhua news agency reported Friday. The report, according to The South China Morning Post, said: “The two sides have further made concrete progress on the text of the trade agreement between the two sides.”
The news comes after CNBC reported Thursday that Chinese negotiators suggest combining a state visit to the U.S. with the signing of a trade deal. Beijing wants a deal to be fully ironed out before President Xi Jinping meets with U.S. President Donald Trump.
“US-China trade negotiations will likely reach a temporary deal, transforming future negotiations into a framework to monitor China’s compliance with trade and intellectual property policies,” Alberto Gallo, head of macro strategies at Algebris Investments, wrote in a note. He added, however, that “binary events” like this “may not translate into tail risks.”
AT&T shares rose 1 percent after Raymond James upgraded the telecommunications giant to outperform from market perform, citing an attractive valuation relative to rival Verizon. “We believe that the combination of positive earnings growth and delivering over the course of the year will being investors back to AT&T,” analyst Frank Louthan said in a note.
—CNBC’s Sam Meredith and Spriha Srivastava contributed to this report.