Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down Monday after earnings reports from Citigroup (C) - Get Report and Goldman Sachs Group (GS) - Get Report .
  • Citigroup posted better-than-expected results in the first quarter. The stock dipped slightly.
  • Goldman Sachs Group (GS) - Get Report  fell 3.9% after first-quarter profit fell 21% though less than expected.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks closed lower Monday as financial powerhouses Citigroup (C) - Get Report and Goldman Sachs (GS) - Get Report reported first-quarter earnings and as Wall Street monitored developments in U.S.-China trade negotiations.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 28 points, or 0.10%, at 26,385, the S&P 500 slipped 0.06%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.1%.

Citigroup dipped slightly to $67.37 after posting better-than-expected results for the first quarter as a steep cut in the U.S. bank's effective corporate tax rate helped to offset a fall in stock-trading revenue. Net income climbed by 2% from a year earlier to $4.71 billion. Earnings per share were $1.87, beating Wall Street analysts' average estimate of $1.80.

Shares of Goldman Sachs  (GS) - Get Report fell 3.9% to $199.84 after the investment heavyweight said first-quarter profit fell less than expected. Net income fell by 21% from a year earlier to $2.25 billion, the New York-based bank said. Earnings per share were $5.71, beating Wall Street analysts' average estimate of $4.89.

"Despite inverted yield curve worries, earnings coming out of major financial players are on a tear," said Chris Larkin, senior vice president at E*Trade. "The SPX is less than 1% from its all-time highs and it's anyone's guess if it will break through our not. Trade and earnings are the primary factors in the equation that could push it up or right back down. The tech sector has seen some serious strength as hopes of a trade deal grow stronger. Health care, on the other hand, has had a tough go of it as investors once again shift away from defensive plays."

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said over the weekend that that the U.S. and China - the world's two largest economies - were moving closer to a trade agreement. 

Mnuchin, speaking Saturday on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings, said the U.S. and China held phone discussions last week and he wasn't sure if more face-to-face meetings would be needed. Mnuchin didn't give a timetable for when negotiations might be completed, the Associated Press reported.

Reuters reported that U.S. negotiators have tempered demands that China curb industrial subsidies as a condition for a trade deal after strong resistance from Beijing. Negotiators have become resigned to securing less than they would like on curbing those subsidies and are focused instead on other areas where they consider demands are more achievable, Reuters added, citing sources.

Waste Management (WM) - Get Report climbed 2.4% to $104.27 after announcing it had agreed to acquire its smaller rival Advanced Disposal Services (ADSW) - Get Report . Waste Management will pay $33.15 a share in cash for Advanced Disposal, which represents a 22.1% premium to Advanced Disposal's closing price Friday of $27.14. Including debt, the deal is worth $4.9 billion. Advanced Disposal shares rose 18% to $31.99.

Shares of M&T Bank (MTB) - Get Report were down 2.4% to $163.70 after the Buffalo, New York-based bank reported mixed first-quarter results. The bank reported first-quarter earnings of $3.35 per share, topping analysts' estimates by a nickel.

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