After a choppy session, stocks ended higher with the help of some positive news from the on again, off again U.S.-China trade talks. Stocks got a boost following a Reuters report that stated China is willing to compromise with certain points in the negotiation. One of which is the possibility of China addressing concerns over forced technology transfer before the next meeting of representatives. U.S. economic data showed that the U.S. economy grew 2.2% in the fourth quarter, a slower pace than what economists had initially expected. European equities continue to fall as the UK Parliament remained in a standstill over the Brexit deal. Eight of the 10 economic sectors finished positive on the day leading the S&P 500 to finish up 0.36% on the day. The Tech-heavy NASDAQ gained 0.34% as we await the Lyft IPO. Also in the green, the Dow finished up the day up 0.36%.