‘‘Investors are hoping that some sort of renewed discussions could lead to a genuine truce,’’ said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. ‘‘All the market is trading on today is optimism, not on reality.’’ The S&P 500 rose 36.64 points, or 1.3 percent, to 2,924.58. The Dow climbed 326.15 points, or 1.3 percent, to 26,362.25. The Nasdaq gained 116.51 points, or 1.5 percent, to 7,973.39. Investors favored smaller-company stocks for the second straight day. The Russell 2000 index added 24.01 points, or 1.6 percent, to 1,496.72. Major stock indexes in Europe also closed broadly higher. While the major indexes have stemmed some of their losses from earlier this month, they remain down about 2 percent for the month, with one trading day left in August. If those losses hold, August would be the second monthly drop for the market this year, after May. Uncertainty over the costly and long-running trade conflict fueled a wave of market volatility through much of August as traders worried that it could knock the global economy into a recession and hurt corporate profits. But Thursday brought some tendrils of optimism for traders. A published report noted that China’s commerce ministry said it is discussing… Read full this story
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