Markets Right Now: Stocks climb in midday trading

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Stocks are broadly higher at midday on Wall Street as investors hope that trade tensions will ease between the U.S. and China.

U.S. companies that could benefit from a rescue of the struggling Chinese telecommunications company ZTE rallied Monday. Acacia Communications jumped 9.6 percent.

President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend that the U.S. could ease sanctions on ZTE.

Viacom slumped 6 percent and CBS rose 4 percent after CBS sued to block efforts to force the company combine with Viacom.

The S&P 500 rose 9 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,736.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 114 points, or 0.5 percent, to 24,941. The Nasdaq climbed 32 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,435.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.99 percent.

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9:35 a.m.

Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology, health care and energy companies.

U.S. companies that would stand to benefit from an effort to rescue ZTE, a Chinese technology company hurt by U.S. tariffs, rose in early trading Monday. Acacia Communications jumped 13 percent.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, was up 1 percent in early trading, and Exxon Mobil was also up 1 percent.

The S&P 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,736.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 114 points, or 0.5 percent, to 24,941. The Nasdaq composite climbed 32 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,435.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.99 percent.