NEW YORK — U.S. stocks gained in early trading Tuesday after U.S. lawmakers reached a deal to avoid another partial government shutdown and as the U.S. and China engage in another round of trade talks.
The agreement on border security involves far less money for a wall than the White House wants and it’s not clear whether President Donald Trump will support the deal. Still, the move alleviates some uncertainty for the market ahead of talks that economists and analysts hope will end a damaging trade war between the world’s biggest economies.
Both nations are trying to reach a deal before March 1. That’s when additional tariffs will kick in, escalating the conflict and further hurting companies and consumers with higher prices on materials and products.
Elsewhere, companies are wrapping up an earnings season that’s featured solid profit growth for the final three months of 2018, but caution about conditions going forward. Analysts are now predicting a contraction in profits for the current quarter, according to FactSet.
Brewer Molson Coors fell as lower volume reduced revenue and profit. Under Armour rose after stronger sales helped it beat forecasts.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 245.6 points, or 1 per cent, to 25,298 as of 9:50 a.m. The S&P 500 index rose 0.9 per cent and The Nasdaq composite rose 1 per cent.
FAULTY TAP: Molson Coors plunged as lower sales volume sunk revenue and profit during the fourth quarter, while the brewer also said it has to restate some past results. The maker of Molson and Coors brands said tax accounting errors in 2016 and 2017 are prompting the restatements.
The stock fell 7.2 per cent.
MORE FOUNDATION: German conglomerate JAB Holdings hopes to take a majority stake in Coty Inc., which makes CoverGirl, Max Factor and Hugo boss brand cosmetics.
JAB is offering to buy up existing stock from shareholders at $11.65 per share, marking a 20 per cent premium from its closing price on Monday. The goal is to eventually own 60 per cent of the company’s stock. Coty’s CEO, Camillo Pane, recently resigned from the company, which faces supply chain and revenue issues.
The stock rose 14.6 per cent.
OVERSEAS: Markets in Europe and Asia are also broadly higher. Fears of a global slowdown still linger as the US and China head into trade talks. Britain, Europe broadly and China have all reported slower economic growth.
Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press