Stocks are opening higher again on Wall Street, continuing an upward trend that has pushed the S&P 500 to five straight weekly gains.
The benchmark index was up 0.2% in the early going. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4% and the Nasdaq added 0.3%. Small-company stocks outpaced the rest of the market. Tesla sank 4% after CEO Elon Musk said he would sell 10% of his holdings in the company based on the results of a poll he conducted on Twitter over the weekend.
This week investors will get reports on inflation and earnings from Disney. Overseas markets were mixed.
Overseas, however, stock markets declined Monday after the markets digested news of a double-digit rise in Chinese exports. London and Frankfurt opened lower. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined while Shanghai advanced.
U.S. employers hired more people than expected in October, according to government data released on Friday.
China’s October exports rose 27.1% over a year earlier, though that eased off the previous month’s 28.1% growth, customs data showed Sunday.
Despite that gain, Chinese anti-virus controls might dampen factory and consumer activity, “still bringing about an uncertain recovery picture,” Yeap Jun Rong of IG said in a report.
In early trading, the FTSE 100 in London was off less than 0.1% at 7,303.60. The DAX in Frankfurt lost less than 0.1% to 16,051.14. The CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.1% to 7,047.62.
In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 0.4% to 29,507.05 while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2% to 2,498.63. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.4% to 34,763.77.
The Kospi in Seoul retreated 0.3% to 2,960.20 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 lost less than 0.1% to 7,452.20.
India's Sensex rose 0.9% to 60,588.11. New Zealand retreated while Southeast Asia markets rose.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. government is due to report inflation via the Consumer Price Index on Tuesday and the Producer Price Index on Wednesday. Investors are worried that the Federal Reserve and other central banks might feel pressure to cool rising prices by pulling back stimulus that is boosting stock prices.
Also Monday, China's ruling Communist Party opened a leadership meeting amid signs President Xi Jinping is laying the groundwork to pursue a third term as party leader next year.
Investors also hope for possible updates on policy toward technology and other industries after data security and anti-monopoly crackdowns on Chinese tech giants that began late last year wiped more than $1 trillion off their total stock market values.
In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 77 cents to $82.04 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $2.46 to $81.27 on Friday. Brent crude, the price basis for international oils, gained 74 cents to $83.48 per barrel in London. The previous session, it added $2.20 to $82.74.
The dollar gained to 113.50 yen from Friday's 113.40 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1572 from $1.1550.
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