Apple leads Wall Street surge as US delays on tariffs

A man poses for a photo in front of the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York, December 26, 2013. — Reuters pic
A man poses for a photo in front of the Store on 5th Avenue in New York, December 26, 2013. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, Aug 13 — surged almost 2 per cent today as the Trump administration said it would delay 10 per cent tariffs on some products, including laptops and cell phones, driving a 5 per cent surge in shares in iPhone maker Apple Inc.

The Office of the US Trade Representative said tariffs would also be delayed until December 15 on “computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.”

That eased the concerns of a trade war-driven slowdown in that have dominated two weeks of volatile trading on , since President Donald Trump announced a new round of tariffs on August 1.

A 4.8 per cent jump in Apple shares and a rise in chip stocks pushed the technology sector, traditionally among the most sensitive to trade issues, 2.33 per cent higher. The Philadelphia chip index rose 3.16 per cent.

Boeing Co rose 1.00 per cent while Caterpillar Inc, another company heavily exposed to Chinese demand, gained 3.74 per cent and traders said the statement by the USTR offered hope of some progress in talks between Washington and Beijing ahead.

“Its unlikely that there’s going to be major deal, but we might start to see some small concessions on both sides,” Tom Plumb, chief investment officer of Plumb Funds.

“It’ll be good maybe for this week as we kind of get out of an oversold situation but the market is going to bounce around for the rest of the year.”

Wall Street’s main indexes had initially opened lower, adding to a global slide in stocks due to geopolitical concerns, with a Labour Department report also showing the core consumer price index rose 2.2 per cent in the 12 months through July.

For some analysts, that data spoke against the US Federal Reserve delivering another swift cut in interest rates.

“Core CPI was a bit higher-than-expected and anything that decreases the odds of the Fed being aggressive in cutting rates is going to be viewed as a negative,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Financial markets have fully priced in a rate cut at the US ’s September meeting following a recent escalation in the bruising trade war between the United States and .

At 10.17am ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 429.49 points, or 1.66 per cent, at 26,327.20, the S&P 500 was up 46.24 points, or 1.60 per cent, at 2,929.33. The Nasdaq Composite was up 165.16 points, or 2.10 per cent, at 8,028.57. — Reuters

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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