The blue-chip Dow ended positive on Monday to maintain its record-breaking ascent after Boeing said its grounded 737 Max fleet could see a return to service early next year, helping to offset trade war concerns that had left other U.S. stock-market benchmarks with losses.
Meanwhile, bond markets were closed for Veterans Day. Investors were awaiting speeches from President Donald Trump and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell later in the week.
How did major benchmarks perform?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.51% finished up around 10 points, or less than 0.1%, to 27,691.49, the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.08% declined 6 points, or 0.2%, to 3,087.01, while the Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.86% fell 11 points, or 0.1%, to 8,464.27.
On Friday, the Dow added 6.44 points, or 0.02% to close at a record of 27,681.20, the S&P 500 advanced 7.90 basis points, or 0.26%, to seize a fresh closing high of 3,093.08. The Nasdaq rose 40.80 points, or 0.48%, at 8,475.31, another record.
Last week, the Dow added 1.2% while the S&P 500 gained 0.8% and the Nasdaq advanced 1%.
What drove the market?
A surge in Boeing Inc. shares pulled the blue-chip Dow away from its lows after the world’s biggest aircraft maker said it expected the troubled 737 Max fleet to return to commercial service in January, and that it expected to resume shipments of those carriers as early as December. The company has come under pressure for months since its 737 Max aircraft was grounded following two high-profile crashes, which investigators linked to flight software systems.
The aircraft manufacturer’s shares were initially trading lower after American Airlines Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209207041/composite AAL -6.95% and Southwest Airlines Co . /zigman2/quotes/201071949/composite LUV -3.76% extended their 737 Max cancellations until early March.
Investors also eyed a comment made by President Donald Trump over the weekend. He said that discussions with China and the U.S. were going “very nicely,” but cautioned that recent reports about an agreement to roll back tariffs, as a part of a preliminary trade resolution, weren’t accurate. “The level of tariff lift is incorrect,” Trump said on Saturday at the Joint Base Andrews before leaving for a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Reuters reported . He didn’t elaborate on those comments.
Trump also suggested that the pace of talks were going more slowly than he would prefer and that China had more to benefit from striking a tariff resolution soon.
“The trade talks with China are moving along, I think, very nicely and if we make the deal that we want it will be a great deal and if it’s not a great deal, I won’t make it,” the President said.
“Stocks hit fresh new highs last week on a familiar theme: positive chatter/headlines on phase one of a U.S./China trade deal, while earnings and global data have been better than feared,” wrote Tom Essaye, president of the Sevens Report, in a Monday note to clients.
These hopes were “somewhat downplayed by President Trump on Friday and more forcefully over the weekend, but at the same time he did acknowledge it was being considered, so it’s something we have to watch for,” Essaye added. “While that’s clearly a potential positive, it’s also adding to a lot of positive expectations that are already priced into the S&P 500 at 3,100.”
Investors also were watching reports of clashes in Hong Kong as a monthslong protest flared up again. The Wall Street Journal reported that police shot and critically injured a protester as the city’s start-of-week commute was disrupted by demonstrators trying to block roads and delay trains. The paper also said one man was seen set ablaze in one unverified video, after he confronted protesters who had been vandalizing a subway station.