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Stocks - Wall Street Rises as Trump Delays China Tariffs; ECB Cuts Rates

Investing.com - Wall Street rose on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump delayed an expected tariff hike on Chinese imports, while the European Central Bank cut interest rates and re-introduced its purchasing buyback program in a bid to boost economic growth in the eurozone.

The Dow rose 128 points, or 0.5%, by 10:13 AM ET (14:13 GMT), while the S&P 500 gained 15 points, or 0.5%, and the Nasdaq composite was up 56 points, or 0.7%.

In what Trump called a “gesture of goodwill,” a planned 5-percentage-point increase in tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports will be postponed as the two sides prepare to meet for trade negotiations in early October. The tariffs were set to increase to 30% from 25% on the goods.

"The market has been hyper-sensitive to any issues on trade and if we get any whiff of a hint that there may be some progress, that's viewed positively," said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James.

Anheuser Busch (NYSE:BUD) jumped 2.1% after the open on news that it is set to revive the planned IPO of its Asian unit, after the beer maker shelved its plans for a Hong Kong IPO in July. Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) surged 3.6% on an analyst upgrade, while Walmart (NYSE:WMT) inched up 0.3% on news that it is rolling out an unlimited grocery delivery service for $98 a month.

Elsewhere, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) fell 5% after its CEO, Mark Hurd, announced he was taking a medical leave of absence. Oracle also announced a $15 billion stock buyback.

In commodities, crude oil slumped 2.5% to a one-week low of $54.33 a barrel. The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was down 0.2% to 98.433 and gold futures gained 1.4% to $1,524.15 a troy ounce.

-- Reuters contributed to this report

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