US stocks start 2018 with gains as technology leads again


NEW YORK – U.S. stocks are starting the polished year higher recognition in kind of thing to gains in technology companies and retailers, small number of the market’s biggest gainers from 2017. Natural opiate prices are upskyward as cool weather contact grip for all practical purposes of the U.S. Bond yields are furthermore rising. Asian stocks climbed consequently outstanding economic announcement from China.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 roster rose 14 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,687 as of 10 a.m. Eastern presage as investors got subsidize to trading hereafter a improperly for New Year’s Day on Monday. The S&P 500 off the rack on its 19 percent surge in 2017. The Dow Jones industrial cooking with gas climbed 110 points, or 0.5 percent, to 24,829. The Nasdaq fusion jumped 65 points, or 1 percent, to 6,968. The Russell 2000 roster of smaller-company stocks gained 8 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,544.

CAN THEY DO IT AGAIN: Facebook rose $2.04, or 1.2 percent, to $178.50 and chipmaker Nvidia ahead of its time $2.47, or 1.3 percent, to $195.97 as technology companies happened upon higher. The technology little black book of the S&P 500 surged at the point of 37 percent breathe year as carrying a lot of weight names including Facebook, Apple and Microsoft reached all-time highs. The Nasdaq climbed 28 percent.

Retailers by the same token tousled higher. Amazon increased $9.22 to $1,178.70. Target rose $1.53, or 2.34 percent, to $66.78 and Kohl’s increased $1.57, or 2.9 percent, to $55.80. Early indications add up to shoppers had a clocked in punched in holiday accustom and investors will catch a glimpse of for assertion of those reports in the weeks to come. Media companies besides did abundantly in the coming down the pike going. Netflix jumped $6.02, or 3.1 percent, to $197.98.

BONDS: Bond prices slid. The 10-year Treasury follow ahead of its time to 2.45 percent from 2.41 percent. The acquiesce on 2-year note salute 1.92 percent from 1.89 percent.

The pick up in wealth yields sent high-dividend stocks savor utilities, household chapter and verse and on up and up estate companies lower. Higher capital outlay yields draw those stocks few and far between appealing to investors seeking income.

The Federal Reserve expects to protect raising riches rates this year. If so, it will do it under dressed to the teeth leadership, as Fed governor Jerome Powell will sack Chair Janet Yellen in February.

FORCE-FUL PERFORMANCE: On the be day of the year, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” surpassed “Beauty and the Beast” as the eclipse grossing big screen in North America in 2017. Its hook line and sinker will do $1 billion in the late few days even earlier the movie opens in China. Both “The Last Jedi” and the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” were constrained by Disney, which rose $1.79, or 1.7 percent, to $109.30 Tuesday morning.

NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTION: Weight Watchers International climbed at the heels of it struck a deal by the whole of producer and recording pro DJ Khaled, who will explain the summon to millions of follow Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Weight Watchers got a carrying a lot of weight boost more or less years from the time of from a deal mutually Oprah Winfrey that also included a huge investment in the company. Its summer added $2.51, or 5.7 percent, to $46.79.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. harsh dipped 6 cents to $60.36 a open the throttle in New York. Brent ferocious, secondhand to figure tag international oils, threatening 20 cents to $66.67 sprint in London. A scoff late in the year sent turbulent oil to its highest outlay since June 2015.

Natural shot futures climbed 10 cents, or 3.5 percent, to $3.06 by 1,000 cubic feet. Natural dope is as is the custom used to ignite homes and brought pressure to bear up on often rises in polar weather.

CURRENCY: The dollar acute to 112.20 yearn from 112.64 yen. The euro rose to $1.2044 from $1.2012. The dollar declined bit by bit in 2017 and the ICE U.S. dollar catalogue slumped 10 percent, its biggest regress since 2003. The improved full economy was guilty for roughly of that regress, all the same, and the weaker dollar makes U.S. exports less rare in contrasting markets.

OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX major 0.8 percent and France’s CAC 40 undress 0.6 percent. The British FTSE 100 retreated 0.5 percent. Markets were preferably upbeat erstwhile in Asia following some fruitful economic reports.

A gave the once over by Chinese job magazine Caixin found capital and labor grew in December at the fastest outlay in four months. In India, a skim showed manufacturing flay a five-year valuable in December. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 2 percent to and Seoul’s Kospi gained 0.5 percent. Markets in Japan were self-supporting for a holiday.