Wall Street closed out a listless day Friday with tiny gains and more record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.
The U.S. and China revealed they have reached an initial deal in their long-running trade war. The “Phase 1” agreement means that the U.S. won’t impose new tariffs on Chinese goods that had been set to kick in this weekend. Investors’ anxiety over the prospects of such an escalation in the trade war contributed to a sluggish start for the market this month.
Media reports signaling that a deal was close spurred a rally a day earlier that sent the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq to record highs. That likely led to the muted reaction in the markets Friday.
Technology companies, which rely heavily on China for sales as well as parts, led the gainers Friday, outweighing losses in banks, energy stocks and elsewhere. Bond prices rose, pulling yields lower.
The S&P 500 index added a mere 0.23 points, or less than 0.1%, to reach an all-time high of 3,168.80.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 3.33 points, or less than 0.1%, to 28,135.38.
The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, rose 17.56 points, or 0.2%, to 8,734.88.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks fell 6.84 points, or 0.4%, to 1,637.98.
Benchmark crude oil rose 89 cents to settle at $60.07 a barrel. Brent crude oil, the international standard, increased $1.02 to close at $65.22 a barrel.