U.S. Stocks fought for gains on Friday as the US and Canada approached a key deadline for the deal without any obvious solution.
The Dow and S & P 500 remain on track for their best August since 2014; The Nasdaq Composite was ready to reach its best August since 2000. The indices have risen by 2.3 percent, 3 percent and 5.8 percent for the respective month.
Friday marks the US-imposed deadline for a new trade agreement to be secured by the US, Mexico and Canada. While the United States and Mexico announced a bilateral trade agreement on Monday, Canada has not yet secured its place.
Canadian and US government officials worked late Thursday to develop an alternative to the trade agreement The minister said they are still working to "get the right deal, not a deal," Sun Reuters.
Trade interests weighed on investor sentiment this week after a report that the Trump government remains committed to raising additional tariffs Chinese goods worth $ 200 billion already next week.
"We had the headlines over tariffs that upset some things, but we'll see the day ends as people start to leave" for the weekend, said Jeremy Klein, senior market strategist at FBN Securities.
The markets will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the holidays.