Dow Gains as White House Reportedly Ready to Raise Stimulus Offer

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By Yasin Ebrahim – The Dow climbed on Friday, as stimulus hopes were boosted on reports the White House raised its coronavirus stimulus offer to $1.8 trillion, though that is still short of the Democrat’s $2.2 trillion proposal.

President Donald Trump, however, has greater ambitions.

“I’d like to see a bigger stimulus package than either the Republicans or Democrats are offering,” Trump said on Rush Limbaugh radio show. “I’d like to see money going to people.”

The rose 0.49%, or 140 points. The was up 0.77%, while the gained 1.14%.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to discuss the new $1.8 trillion proposal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when the two speak Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

Earlier on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said another fiscal package was unlikely in the next three weeks, while Trump hinted talks were progressing.

Reports the White House is raising its offer comes a day after Pelosi rejected the idea of passing standalone aid bills, preferring instead to roll out a broader relief package that would include support for individuals, small businesses and airlines.

Economists have repeatedly highlighted the importance of fiscal aid to keep the recovery intact.

Sectors tied to the progress of the economy advanced. Consumer discretionary was among the gains eBay (NASDAQ:) and Etsy (NASDAQ:) easing leading the upside.

Big tech continued to add to gains, led by a more than 2% rise in Microsoft (NASDAQ:) and (NASDAQ:). Apple (NASDAQ:) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:) rose 1%, while Facebook (NASDAQ:) fell into the red.

Tech was also pushed higher by a rise in chip stocks after strong gains in NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:) and Xilinx (NASDAQ:), with the latter rallying nearly 15% on reports that Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:) was in advanced talks to buy the company.

NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:) was up 4% as it lifted quarterly guidance, citing a “material improvement” in demand across all end markets.

Energy proved an exception to the rally, down more 1%, as oil prices fell 1%, though are set to end the week sharply higher with weather-related supply disruptions easing demand concerns somewhat.

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