Dow jumps 250 points as trade fears dissipate

Stocks traded higher on Monday as financials shares rose, while concerns over a trade war between the U.S. and key partners dissipated for the moment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 250 points, with J.P. Morgan Chase and Caterpillar as the best-performing stocks in the index. The S&P 500 gained 0.6 percent, as financials climbed 1.8 percent. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.3 percent.

Amazon, Netflix and Apple all rose at least half a percent. Bank stocks rose at least 2 percent, led by Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Equities also got a boost from a positive jobs report released on Friday, which revealed that the U.S. economy added 213,000 jobs in June, beating expectations. The report helped divert attention away from the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and its biggest partners.

Traders and financial professionals work ahead of the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), June 25, 2018 in New York City. 

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Traders and financial professionals work ahead of the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), June 25, 2018 in New York City. 

“The market can surprise you with what it’s focused on,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR. “Now we’re focused back on fundamentals.”

“If you can take focus away from the trade war, that’s a good thing,” Hogan said.

Last week, the U.S. slapped tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods. China responded to the tariffs by imposing its own retaliatory levies on imports from the States.

Trade-war fears have been simmering for months, keeping market gains in check as investors fret over the impact of tariffs on corporate profits.

Wall Street looked ahead to the start of the corporate earnings season, with Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo all scheduled to release their results from the previous quarter. S&P 500 earnings for the second quarter are expected to have grown 20 percent, according to a FactSet estimate.

“The fact that we’re heading into the earnings season is a catalyst for stocks,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research. “We’re expecting it to be strong and maybe even stronger than the previous one.”

European stocks rose on Monday after David Davis, the United Kingdom’s Brexit secretary, resigned. The Stoxx 600 index, which tracks a broad swath of European equities, gained half a percent.

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