The US stock market began the previous week on a positive territory, while the S & P 500 and Nasdaq updated their record highs amid optimism about a trade agreement between the US and Mexico.

US President Trump announced that agreements had been reached with Mexico to conclude a new trade agreement in place of the current agreement on the North American Free Trade Area. He added that it has not yet been decided whether the agreement will be joined by Canada or negotiations will be held with it on the conclusion of a separate treaty.

The next day the growth continued, but the S & P 500 and Nasdaq retreated from new record highs, amid optimism about trade agreements, as well as US plans for negotiations with NAFTA partners. Market participants drew attention to data on consumer confidence. The Conference Board said that the US consumer confidence index rose sharply in August after a slight increase in July. The index is now 133.4 compared to 127.9 in July. The index of the current situation improved from 166.1 to 172.2, while the index of expectations rose from 102.4 to 107.6

On Wednesday, the growth slowed, but the S & P 500 and Nasdaq indices, however, managed to update the record highs again, helped by the rise in and Alphabet shares, as well as optimism about the talks between the US and Canada. Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland said about constructive talks with US sales representative Lightheiser on the conclusion of a new trade agreement. In addition, the US outlined a way to settle trade disagreements with China.

On Thursday, the major stock indexes moved to a decline due to the concerns about the trade war. A certain influence on the situation was provided by the statistics for the country. As it became known, in July the Americans spent more of their incomes than last month, which indicates that the economy will have a stable dynamics in the second half of the year. Personal spending - or how much the Americans spend on goods and services, such as groceries and healthcare - rose 0.4% in seasonally adjusted terms in July, compared with a month earlier, the Commerce Department reported. Personal incomes, reflecting income from wages and investments, increased by 0.3%.

The week ended in mixed dynamics amid continued tension over trade negotiations between the US and other major economies. At the same time, the growth of Apple and Amazon supported Nasdaq. Market participants estimated the research grinders that showed that in August the consumer sentiment index fell to 96.2 points compared to the final reading for July of 97.9 points and the preliminary value for August of 95.3 points. It was expected that the index will be 95.5.



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