Stocks gained ground as concerns over trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing were offset by a delay in an expected U.S. decision on whether to impose new tariffs on vehicle and auto-parts

Stocks gained ground Friday as concerns over trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing were offset by a delay in an expected U.S. decision on whether to impose new tariffs on vehicle and auto-parts imports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 15 points, or 0.1%, to 25877, after falling about 200 points in early trading. The S&P 500 dipped 0.1%, as losses in energy and industrial shares in the broad index offset gains in utility stocks. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 0.4%.

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