U.S. stock benchmarks on Thursday were trading modestly higher as a trade meeting between President Donald Trump and China's leader Xi Jinping was set to get under way. A stumble in shares of Boeing Co. /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA -1.92% on reports that additional computer issues with the aeronautics and defense contractor's controversial 737 MAX fleet was dragging down the broader market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.17% was flat at 26,548, the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.84% climbed 0.3% at 2,922, while the Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -1.92% advanced 0.5% at 26,537. HealthEquity Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210521638/composite HQY -4.13% is buying WageWorks Inc. in a deal the companies are valuing at about $2 billion. In economic reports, a final reading of gross domestic product for the first quarter showed that growth remained at a strong 3.1% annual rate, while initial jobless claims, a proxy were a seasonally adjusted 227,000 in the week ended June 22, up 10,000 from the week before, the Labor Department said.
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S&P 500 books first gain in 5 days as investors await China-U.S. trade progress