Dow runs win streak to four

By Baystreet Market Updates

Stocks closed higher on Tuesday as the latest corporate earnings season got underway while worries of an ongoing trade war declined.

The Dow Jones Industrials spiked 143.07 points to 24,919.66, as DowDuPont and Procter & Gamble outperformed. The 30-stock index also posted its fourth straight day of gains.

The S&P 500 gained 9.67 points to 2,793.84, with telecommunications and staples both rising at least 1%.

The NASDAQ gained three points to 7,759.20

Earnings for the first calendar quarter rose 24% on a year-over-year basis. Wall Street is expecting similar results for calendar second quarter. Analysts expect S&P 500 second-quarter earnings to have grown by 20%

More than 20 companies in the S&P 500 have already released their quarterly results, including PepsiCo. The soft drink and snacks maker posted better-than-expected earnings, sending its shares higher by more than 4%. PepsiCo also said it expects “substantially higher” earnings growth for fiscal fourth quarter.

Pepsi is not the only company to have beaten expectations thus far. One analyst said in a note Tuesday that 86% of the companies that have already reported exceeded their quarterly earnings expectations, posting 24.1% year-over-year growth.

Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Delta Air Lines are all scheduled to report earnings later this week.

Tesla shares finished higher by 1.2% after Bloomberg News reported the company is planning to build a massive plant in China. The report says the plant will have the capacity to build 500,000 vehicles per year.

Prices for the benchmark for the 10-year U.S.Treasury faded, raising yields to 2.87% from Monday 2.86%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices regained 24 cents to $74.09U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices lost $3.60 to $1,256.00U.S. an ounce.

This article provided by NewsEdge.