Here Are Three Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average   shot higher at the close on reports of a U.S. deal with the EU to avoid a trade war.
  • Facebook (FB) slides in after-hours trading after revenue miss.
  • General Motors Co. (GM)  slumped 4.3% after the automaker issued an outlook for 2018 that was below analysts' estimates.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks surged in late trading on Wednesday, July 25, to end sharply higher on reports the U.S. and Europe have reaced an agreement to avoid a trade war

The Dow Jones Industrial Average   rose 172 points, or 0.68%, to 25,414, the S&P 500   rose 0.91% and the Nasdaq  was up 1.17%.

The surge came amid reports European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President Trump have reached agreement on a deal to avoid a trade war.

Sergio Marchionne, the legendary auto industry executive, died Wednesday, just days after he stepped down as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV  (FCAU) following medical complications linked to an earlier surgery. Shares of the company fell 11% on disappointing earnings.

Marchionne, who assumed the role of Fiat Chrysler CEO when the U.S. carmaker emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009, has been widely credited with steering the company into profitability thanks to a shift toward larger vehicles in the U.S. market and a focus on cost cuts. 

AT&T Inc.  (T)  fell 4.4% after the newly constructed digital advertising, media and telecom machine got a cool reception, despite an earnings beat.

The parent of Time Warner, DirecTV and AT&T communications networks earned an adjusted 91 cents a share in the second quarter, topping analysts' estimates of 87 cents. Revenue in the quarter fell 2.1% from a year earlier to $39 billion and missed analysts' estimates.

Boeing Co. (BA) posted second-quarter adjusted earnings of $3.33 a share, higher than estimates of $3.25. Revenue of $24.26 billion topped forecasts of $24.04 billion.

Shares fell 0.7%, however, as the company cut its defense operating margins and its full-year earnings guidance didn't meet analysts' expectations.

Coca-Cola Co. (KO) earned 61 cents a share on an adjusted basis in the second quarter, beating estimates by 1 cent. Revenue fell 8% to $8.9 billion but topped analysts' forecasts. Shares rose 2%.

General Motors Co. (GM) posted adjusted profit in the second quarter of $1.81 a share, beating estimates by 3 cents. Revenue fell 3.1% to $36.8 billion. The automaker said it expects adjusted earnings in 2018 of $6 a share, below estimates of $6.42. Shares declined 4.3%.

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) shares rose 7% on Wednesday as it reported top- and bottom-line beats for the second quarter.

Earnings reports are expected after Wednesday's closing bell from from Facebook Inc. (FB) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) .

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