Stocks celebrate US-China trade deal, S&P and Nasdaq hit records

Progress on trade is bullish for stocks

Stocks rose across the board on Friday but gave up most of the gains in the final hour of trading. Investors were generally pleased after the U.S. and China reached a partial trade agreement that further deescalates the 21-month-long trade war between the world's two economic superpowers.

While Friday's gains were modest, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched new records and locked in gains for the week. The Dow hit a record early in the session before pulling back.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33093.34 +328.69 +1.00%
SP500 S&P 500 4205.45 +54.17 +1.30%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 12975.687543 +277.59 +2.19%

The deal includes promises from the Chinese to buy $50 billion of U.S. agriculture, stronger intellectual-property protections and language to end China's currency manipulation. In return, the U.S. will not place 15 percent tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese goods on Sunday. Details of the deal continued to trickle out from both sides on Friday.

During a mid-morning press briefing, Chinese officials said "major progress made" of the first phase of the deal.

President Trump followed up with a tweet stating "The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal. We will begin negotiations on the Phase Two Deal immediately, rather than waiting until after the 2020 Election..."

Earlier he also touted the strength of the U.S. economy in a tweet.

Separately, Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida told FOX Business' Liz Claman, that any reduction in uncertainty on trade policy is positive for the U.S. economic outlook and even before there was a trade deal, the U.S. consumer is still in "good shape." Earlier in the week, the Federal Reserve wrapped its final meeting of the year, leaving rates unchanged and signaling there would be no rate hikes until 2021.

Trade sensitive names like Apple, Boeing, Caterpillar, Deere and Intel were in focus.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AAPL APPLE INC. 175.43 +2.44 +1.41%
BA THE BOEING CO. 203.63 +2.76 +1.37%
CAT CATERPILLAR INC. 211.80 +1.82 +0.87%
DE DEERE & CO. 357.21 +2.33 +0.66%
INTC INTEL CORP. 29.00 +1.60 +5.84%

Traders were keeping a close eye on retailers after November retail sales fell short of expectations. Sales rose 0.2 percent versus last month, missing the 0.5 percent gain that economists surveyed by Refinitiv were anticipating.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
JWN NORDSTROM INC. 16.02 +0.81 +5.33%
M MACY'S INC. 14.35 +0.32 +2.28%
BBY BEST BUY CO. INC. 74.33 +3.03 +4.25%
WMT WALMART INC. 146.44 +0.29 +0.20%
TGT TARGET CORP. 138.93 -1.80 -1.28%

Elsewhere, Delta Air Lines climbed after raising its revenue forecast for 2020. The airline said it expects revenue to grow between 4 percent and 6 percent to about $49 billion next year.

American Airlines delayed the return of the 737 Max through April 6, pushing back its prior deadline which had canceled those flights through March 4.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
DAL DELTA AIR LINES INC. 35.89 +0.14 +0.39%

Commodities rallied with West Texas Intermediate crude oil up 0.9 percent and gold higher by 0.2 percent to $1,475 an ounce.

U.S. Treasurys posted modest gains, pushing the yield on the 10-year note down 2.4 basis points to 1.875 percent.


The British pound surged Friday, up 1.6 percent to 1.3370 versus the U.S. dollar, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party claimed a robust majority in Parliament.

That would alleviate uncertainty by giving Johnson more political capital to push for the United Kingdom's departure from the 28-nation European Union by the end of January, according to a research note by Evercore analysts.

Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson speaks after the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency count declaration at Brunel University in Uxbridge, London, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London's FTSE gained 1.9 percent, Germany's DAX was higher by 0.9 percent and France's CAC added 1 percent.

In Asia, Japan's Nikkei jumped 2.6 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 2.6 percent and the Shanghai Composite 1.8 percent.


FOX Business' Ken Martin and The Associated Press contributed to this article.