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Stock markets rise slightly ahead of Trump-Kim meeting

Traders Benjamin Tuchman, left, and Glenn Kessler work

Traders Benjamin Tuchman, left, and Glenn Kessler work on the floor of the NYSE on Friday. Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Stocks rose modestly on Monday, as investors made preparations for President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.


The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.78 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 25,322.31. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.97 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,782.00 and the Nasdaq composite rose 14.41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,659.93.

Investors spent most of Monday waiting for Tuesday's meeting between Trump and Kim, aimed at settling a standoff over the North's nuclear arsenal. North Korea has reportedly said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits. But many say Kim's government is unlikely to give up weapons that help guarantee its survival.

If successful, the meeting would lower geopolitical tensions in an area that involves three of the world's largest economies: South Korea, Japan and China.

"There's a lot of potential volatility that could come this week: we have the Trump-Kim summit and the central bank meetings," said Ryan Larson, head of U.S. equity trading at RBC Capital Markets. "A lot of the tone for this week will be set out in Trump's meeting with Kim."

The Federal Reserve will start a two-day meeting on interest rates on Tuesday, wrapping up on Wednesday. Investors expect the nation's central bank to raise interest rates from their current level of 1.75 percent to 2 percent, but most attention will be on how many rate hikes Fed officials are considering doing later this year.


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