Stocks rise following Trump-Kim summit
NEW YORK - Stocks mostly rose in a quiet Tuesday session, as investors reacted calmly to the outcome of a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and turned their attentions to this week’s trio of central bank meetings.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4.85 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,786.85, closing at its highest level since Feb. 1. The Nasdaq composite added 43.87 points, or 0.6 percent, to 7,703.79 and the Dow Jones industrial average fell 1.58 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 25,320.73. The Russell 2000, an index that makes up mostly small companies, rose 7.62 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,682.30.
Trump and Kim concluded their summit by committing to working “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and to “build a lasting and stable peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula.
The broad promises largely reiterated past agreements, while many of the details were left vague and there was no agreement on ending the technical state of war between North and South Korea. A potential deal has the chance of lowering geopolitical tensions in a region surrounded by three of the world’s largest economies: Japan, China and South Korea.
“Deal or no deal? Just don’t ask what comprises a ‘deal’ and we are fine. At the risk of sounding a tad frivolous, that appears to be the truth of the matter,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in Singapore of the Trump-Kim summit.
Following the Trump-Kim summit, shares of weapons makers and defense contractors were among the biggest decliners in the S&P 500. Raytheon lost nearly 3 percent to $206.61, Lockheed Martin fell 1.3 percent to $315.16 and Northrop Grumman fell 1.5 percent to $329.35.
With geopolitical issues set aside, investors turned their attention toward the current health of the U.S. economy.