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The Dow Jones Industrial Average wavered during the morning session before ending up 17.70 points, or 0.07%, at 27,171.90, the S&P 500 advanced 0.28% to 2,985.03 and the Nasdaq climbed 0.71% to 8,204.14.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average wavered before ending higher Monday as investors prepared for a week of earnings reports and tried to read the Federal Reserve's thinking on whether it will to slash interest rates by 25 basis points or 50 basis points.
- Shares of Walt Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report rose after the media giant's "The Lion King" took in $185 million of theater receipts in its debut weekend. Walt Disney is Real Money's Stock of the Day.
- Halliburton (HAL) - Get Halliburton Company (HAL) Report advanced after the company posted adjusted second-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street's forecasts as strong oil prices helped bolster both domestic and international drilling.
Wall Street Overview
Stocks rose on Monday as investors prepared for a week of earnings reports from U.S. tech giants, reacted to a price target upgrade for Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report and tried to read the Federal Reserve's thinking on whether it will slash interest rates by 25 basis points or 50 basis points when it meets July 30-31.
Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. (AAPL) Report shares jumped after Morgan Stanley maintained its overweight rating on the stock and increased its price target to $247 from $231. Apple was one of the Dow's top gainers and shares were up 2.3% to $207.22.
The busiest week of earnings season includes reports from such tech heavyweights as Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report , Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report and Facebook (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report .
White House and congressional negotiators are closing in on terms for an agreement to set new spending levels and increase the government's borrowing limit.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued to negotiate throughout the weekend, and, as of late Sunday, discussions were focused on an extension of the debt limit for roughly two years, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the talks.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump took to Twitter again Monday to criticize the Fed, complaining that "with almost no inflation, our Country is needlessly being forced to pay a MUCH higher interest rate than other countries only because of a very misguided Federal Reserve."
"It is far more costly for the Federal Reserve to cut deeper if the economy actually does, in the future, turn down!" Trump tweeted. "Very inexpensive, in fact productive, to move now. The Fed raised & tightened far too much & too fast. In other words, they missed it (Big!). Don't miss it again!"
"We are characterizing the Fed's next move as an 'insurance' cut," Glenmede Trust's investment strategy team said in a note, "meaning one that is not justified by slowing growth but is instead meant to provide a measure of protection from potential but unpredictable risks. Cross currents like a slowing manufacturing economy and ongoing trade tensions are two of those larger risks."
Shares of Walt Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report were up slightly to $140.81 after the media giant's "The Lion King" took in $185 million of theater receipts in its debut weekend. Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Avengers: Endgame" became the highest-grossing picture of all time, raking in $2.8 billion globally. Walt Disney is Real Money's Stock of the Day.
Shares of computer memory and data storage giant Micron Technology (MU) - Get Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) Report gained 3.7% to $47.19 after the company received an upgrade from Goldman Sachs amid a more positive outlook on global demand for memory.
Halliburton (HAL) - Get Halliburton Company (HAL) Report shares surged 9.2% to $23.75 after the oil conglomerate posted adjusted second-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street's forecasts as strong oil prices helped bolster both domestic and international drilling activity.
Equifax (EFX) - Get Equifax Inc. Report shares rose slightly to $137.82 after the Federal Trade Commission said the credit bureau company agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, to settle privacy claims stemming from a 2017 breach.
Increased tensions in the Middle East sparked a rise in oil prices as Britain demanded that Iran release the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, and its crew immediately, saying the seizure of the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz was illegal.
Brent crude contracts, the global benchmark, were up $1.01 cents to $63.48 per barrel, while West Texas Intermediate contracts, which are more tightly linked to U.S. gas prices, were up 61 cents at $56.37 per barrel.