January 8, 2019 / 7:38 PM / 2 years ago

US STOCKS-Apple and Amazon propel Wall Street to three-week high

* Industrials up as China-U.S. trade talks go into Day 3

* Boeing jumps on record 2018 deliveries, boosts Dow

* Chip stocks hit by Samsung warning, curb tech gains

* Indexes up: Dow 1.1 pct, S&P 0.84 pct, Nasdaq 0.98 pct (Updates to afternoon, adds comment from strategist)

By Noel Randewich

Jan 8 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 ascended to a three-week high on Tuesday, led by Apple, Amazon and a rally in industrials on bets that the United States and China would strike a deal to end a trade war.

The third straight session of gains, started last Friday after robust U.S. jobs data and dovish comments on interest rates by Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell, has lifted the S&P 500 by over 9 percent from 20-month lows hit around Christmas.

The United States and China will extend trade talks in Beijing for an unscheduled third day, a member of the U.S. delegation said, as the world’s two largest economies looked to resolve their bitter trade dispute. So far, officials from both sides have sounded optimistic, with President Donald Trump saying talks were going well.

“You’re seeing some negotiations happen and the market is starting to think that perhaps we’ll start to see a framework evolve,” said Anik Sen, global head of equities at PineBridge Investments.

The trade-sensitive S&P industrials sector rose 1.25 percent. Boeing Co jumped 3.4 percent after reporting it had delivered a record 806 aircraft in 2018 and contributed most to the Dow’s rise.

Apple rose 2.2 percent, regaining some ground after the company last week warned of weaker-than-expected demand for its iPhone. But tech sector gains were limited by a drop in chip stocks after Samsung blamed its profit drop on weak chip demand.

The Philadelphia Semiconductor index slid 1.02 percent. Adding to the woes, Goldman Sachs forecast a tough year for chipmakers, particularly in the first half.

Other investors remained upbeat about upcoming U.S. quarterly results.

“It’s the new year and investors are really stepping back and taking a look at the fundamentals, and realizing its not as bad a story as maybe we thought toward the end of the year,” said Jeff Kravetz, a regional investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.

The communication services index climbed 1.48 percent, with Facebook adding 2.89 percent.

Amazon.com Inc rose 1.7 percent, increasing its market capitalization to $811 billion and cementing its position as the most valuable U.S. company.

At 2:14 pm ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.1 percent at 23,789.22 points, while the S&P 500 had gained 0.84 percent to 2,571.04.

The Nasdaq Composite added 0.98 percent to 6,890.63.

Financials was the only S&P index to log losses, down 0.33 percent as the U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened.

PG&E Corp shares continued to decline, falling 9.7 percent after S&P Global Ratings stripped the California power utility of its investment-grade credit rating.

Union Pacific Corp rose 8.4 percent after the No.1 U.S. railroad named industry veteran Jim Vena as chief operating officer.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.74-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.96-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted no new 52-week highs and 1 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 24 new highs and 14 new lows.

Additional reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Aparajita Saxena in Bengaluru Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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