Stocks picked up where they left off Wednesday, posting gains for a third consecutive day Thursday, the first such occurrence in a month. Investors’ fears regarding a potential trade war with China seem to have subsided as all three major indices once again closed higher on the day. The Dow gained 1% led higher by Boeing and Chevron, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq gained 0.69% and 0.49% respectively. The new Director of the White House National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, appears to have eased fears of a trade war after characterizing the tariffs as simply proposals and stated that as things stand, there is “nothing around the corner” as it relates to tariffs. With heightened volatility as of late, investors are looking ahead to first quarter earnings season in hopes that strong earnings growth will help to soothe some of the worries in the market.