published on June 18, 2019 - 2:54 PM
Written by Associated Press

Technology companies powered stocks solidly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as traders hoped that a meeting next week between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China will ease trade tensions between the two economic powers.

Markets also got a boost after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide additional economic stimulus if necessary.

On Tuesday:

The S&P 500 index climbed 28.08 points, or 1% to 2,917.75.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 353.01 points, or 1.4%, to 26,465.54.

The Nasdaq composite jumped 108.86 points, or 1.4%, to 7,953.88.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 17.48 points, or 1.1%, to 1,550.23.

For the week:

The S&P 500 is up 30.77 points, or 1.1%.

The Dow is up 375.93 points, or 1.4%.

The Nasdaq is up 157.22 points, or 2%.

The Russell 2000 is up 27.73 points, or 1.8%.

For the year:

The S&P 500 is up 410.90 points, or 16.4%.

The Dow is up 3,138.08 points, or 13.5%.

The Nasdaq is up 1,318.61 points, or 19.9%.

The Russell 2000 is up 201.67 points, or 15%.

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