Stocks notch solid gains Wednesday

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NEW YORK (AP) Stocks closed solidly higher on Wednesday as traders become more hopeful that some of the U.S.'s frictions with its trading partners will ease.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that Washington is getting closer to lifting tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico.

Mnuchin also said he would travel soon to Beijing to resume trade talks.

Longtime market favorites had some of the biggest gains. Google parent company Alphabet rose 4.1 percent, Facebook rose 3.1 percent and Amazon climbed 1.7 percent.

The S&P 500 index rose 16 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,850.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 115 points, or 0.5 percent, to 25,648.

The Nasdaq rose 87 points, or 1.1 percent, to 7,822.

Bond prices rose sharply.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.37 percent