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Wall Street rallies on US-Mexico trade deal; S&P, Nasdaq close at records

Aug 28. 2018
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By Agence France-Presse
New York

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A trade deal struck Monday between Mexico and the United States sent Wall Street soaring, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closing at fresh all-time highs.

The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped nearly 260 points to close with a gain of one percent at 26,049.40, crossing the 26,000-point mark for the first time since January.

The broader S&P 500 added 0.8 percent, finishing at 2,896.68, putting it within range of 2,900 for the first time.

Meanwhile, the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.9 percent to close at 8,017.90, breaking the 8,000 point threshold for the first time ever.

US President Donald Trump and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hailed the new trade agreement, which raises hopes the North American Free Trade Agreement can be salvaged after Canada rejoins the talks on Tuesday.

The deal would resolve disagreements on labor rights, and tightens local content requirements for autos, among other things.

But Trump also cast doubt on the prospects for success of a trilateral NAFTA, suggesting he could exclude Canada.

Maris Ogg of Tower Bridge Associates told AFP markets were banking on a successful outcome with Canada.

"Hopefully that will be the case but you just don't know," she said.

"Once you start to sweep some of the uncertainties away, the market feels a little more confident. That is what is happening."

Meanwhile, electric automaker Tesla did not have a good day, falling 1.1 percent.

CEO Elon Musk ended a market rollercoaster of speculation late Friday, announcing that Tesla would remain a publicly-traded company, despite his August 7 tweet saying he had "secured" funding to take the company private.

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