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U.S. stocks pare gains after fresh reports on Washington Russia probe
May 19, 2017 / 1:33 PM / 7 months ago

U.S. stocks pare gains after fresh reports on Washington Russia probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks pared gains in late afternoon trading after two reports related to an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump.

A trader works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, NY, U.S. May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A current White House official is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Separately the New York Times reported that Trump told Russian officials at the White House that firing FBI Director James Comey relieved “great pressure” from an ongoing probe into Russia and the election. The Times report cited a document summarizing the meeting.

“You’ve headline risk and the market sold off briefly because of those headlines on a slow Friday afternoon,” Andrew Frankel, co-president of Stuart Frankel & Co in New York.

At 3:30PM ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 129.7 points, or 0.63 percent, to 20,792.72, the S&P 500 .SPX had gained 14.88 points, or 0.63 percent, to 2,380.6 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC had added 30.06 points, or 0.50 percent, to 6,085.19.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 3.27-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.70-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 24 new 52-week highs and 8 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 80 new highs and 55 new lows.

Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Chizu Nomiyama

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