The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent between Friday, March 22, and Friday, March 29. The index just finished its best quarter in almost a decade, up 13 percent, after climbing for three straight months.
Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), On Semiconductor (ON) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) all pushed higher after releasing their quarterly results. Some beat estimates and others merely came in line, but they all gained on hopes that the worst of the industry’s slowdown has passed.
Months of tit-for-tat tariff threats concluded on July 6th with China applying 25% tax on 545 US imports while the US levied 25% on 818 Chinese products. Both countries lodged cases with WTO (World Trade Organisation) and continued to bicker over tariffs. On September 24th, China began its second round of $60 billion anti-US tariffs, upping the overall figure to $110 billion. The US began collecting on its $200 Billion anti-China tariffs, raising overall import taxes to $250 billion at 10%, with a promise to hike it to 25% in the New Year.