US stocks gain on deal that could avert shutdown

New York, Feb 12: Wall Street stocks rose early Tuesday after a bipartisan group of senior US lawmakers reached a tentative deal that could avert another government shutdown.

About 15 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.0 percent to 25,293.29.

The broad-based S&P 500 gained 0.9 percent to 2,733.14, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 1.0 percent to 7,379.06.

US lawmakers announced late Monday an agreement in principle to avoid another government shutdown later this week, agreeing on nearly $1.4 billion in money for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.

President Donald Trump, who had sought $5.7 billion for the controversial project, had yet to comment on the substance of the deal. Some prominent Republicans, including conservative commentator Sean Hannity, dismissed the compromise.

Markets were also eyeing US-China trade talks in Beijing. New US tariffs are scheduled to come into effect on March 1 if an agreement is not struck.

Among individual companies, cosmetics company Coty shot up 15.0 percent after JAB Holding Company proposed buying up to 150 million shares, raising its stake to about 60 percent of the company. JAB manages the fortune of Germany's Reimann family.

 

(AFP/APP)

 

Posted on: 2019-02-12T22:15:00+05:00

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