Tech stocks rise to record before big earnings

Hasbro reported better-than-expected earnings Monday before the bell, sending its shares higher by more than 12 percent. Halliburton posted an in-line quarterly profit, but its stock fell more than 8 percent.

“Ongoing earnings growth should support equities, but expect fallout for companies missing forecasts,” said Jason Pride, chief investment officer at Glenmede.

Wall Street also looked ahead to the release of second-quarter GDP data. The data, which are scheduled for release on Friday, are expected to show U.S. economic growth of 4.1 percent, according to a Reuters estimate.

Last week, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said economic growth could top 4 percent for “a quarter or two.” Kudlow added: “That’s all for the good. Literally millions more people are working.”

Meanwhile, concerns over global trade kept simmering.

At a G-20 meeting in Argentina over the weekend, finance leaders from the world’s biggest economies called for more dialogue to help prevent geopolitical and trade tensions from negatively impacting global economic growth.

The meeting took place after President Donald Trump told CNBC’s Joe Kernen last week he is ready to slap tariffs on all $505 billion of Chinese goods imported to the United States. The U.S. has already implemented tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports, as well as charges on steel and aluminum imports from other countries.

Trade fears have kept stock gains in check recently. Since June, the S&P 500 has traded in a 4.6 percent range through Friday’s close.

Trump also commented on the Federal Reserve last week, saying he was “not thrilled” about rising interest rates, and expressed concern that the U.S. central bank could upset the economic recovery. The Fed has raised rates twice this year and expects to hike two more times before year-end.

Bank shares rose sharply, with the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) jumping 1.3 percent. Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase rose 2.1 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs all rose at least all rose at least 0.9 percent. The banks got a boost from higher interest rates as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield traded at 2.95 percent.

Shares of Fiat Chrysler fell more than 1.5 percent after Sergio Marchionne stepped down from his post as CEO due to health reasons. Mike Manley, who runs the company’s Jeep division, will take over for Marchionne.

Tesla’s stock 3.3 percent after the Wall Street Journal reported the company is asking some suppliers to refund part of previous payments.


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