Wall Street gains, led by Deutsche Bank

  • 01/10/2016

Wall Street has rallied, lifted by a surge in Deutsche Bank shares and financial stocks after concerns eased about the health of the German bank.

The S&P financial sector gained 1.4 percent on Friday, its best day in about two months.

Deutsche Bank's US-listed shares jumped 14 percent a day after sinking to a record low.

French news agency AFP reported that Deutsche Bank was nearing a $US5.4 billion ($A7 billion) settlement with US officials over charges related to selling toxic mortgage bonds.

Germany's largest bank has been engulfed by crisis after earlier this month receiving a demand for up to $US14 billion by the Department of Justice.

US stocks had sold off sharply on Thursday, after Bloomberg reported that some hedge funds had withdrawn excess cash and positions held at the German lender.

"The rumours that are out there that Deutsche Bank is going to get a better deal... I think is adding some positive effect into the market," said Jonathan Corpina, senior managing partner for Meridian Equity Partners in New York.

"I think people were fearful and concerned about what the outcome of this is going to be."

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 164.7 points, or 0.91 percent, to 18,308.15, the S&P 500 gained 17.14 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,168.27 and the Nasdaq Composite added 42.85 points, or 0.81 percent, to 5,312.00.

Bank stocks boosted the S&P. Bank of America and Citigroup each climbed more than three percent and JPMorgan rose 1.4 percent.

Goldman Sachs' 1.5 percent increase gave the Dow its biggest boost.

Eight of the 11 major sectors ended higher. Energy shares climbed 1.3 percent, with oil prices recording big weekly gains.

With Friday's increases, the three major stock indexes recorded their third straight week of gains.

The Deutsche Bank situation created a fresh risk for investors, who will be watching third-quarter corporate earnings and the upcoming US presidential election over the next month for reasons to buy or sell stocks.

For the year, the benchmark S&P 500 is up about six percent, with US equities benefiting from low interest rates around the world.

In other company news, Cognizant shares plunged 13.3 percent, making it the biggest loser among S&P 500 companies.

The IT services provider said it was conducting an internal investigation on possible violations of US anti-corrupt practices laws related to payments in India.

About 7.5 billion shares changed hands on US exchanges, above the 7.1 billion daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.40-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.69-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 25 new 52-week highs and three new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 97 new highs and 34 new lows.


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