Friday, 14 December, 2018

How major U.S. stock indexes fared Thursday Consumer News

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE in New York Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York U.S
Laurie Berry | 12 August, 2018, 21:44

"Today's impact has set the markets in a temporary risk-off sentiment", said Matt Forester, chief investment officer of BNY Mellon's Lockwood Advisors.

The S&P index recorded 12 new 52-week highs and 10 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 73 new highs and 78 new lows.

The biggest drag on the S&P 500 was Booking Holdings BKNG.O , which fell 5 percent after it forecast third-quarter profit below expectations.

At 8:44 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 25 points, or 0.1 percent.

On the other hand, boosted by upbeat earnings from Motorola and T-mobile earlier this week, the S&P 500 Telecom Service Sector extended its upside and closed with a 1% gain. The S&P 500 erased 0.075 point, or 0.03 per cent, to 2,857.70, Xinhua news agency reported.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting that a strong economy was helping the labor market counter ongoing trade tensions.

The Dow is up 46.65 points, or 0.2 percent.

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Sinclair (SBGI.O) dropped 2.4 percent after Tribune Media (TRCO.N) ended its $3.9 billion deal to be acquired by Sinclair and filed suit. That was a drop of 0.7 percent from Thursday's close.

Shares of trade-sensitive companies declined, with Boeing, 3M and Caterpillar down between 2.3 percent and 4 percent.

Rite Aid (RAD.N) fell 10.6 percent and was the most actively traded stock after the drug store chain and USA grocer Albertsons Cos ABS.N agreed to terminate their merger agreement.

Chip stocks fell after Morgan Stanley downgraded the U.S. semiconductor industry. Micron, Applied Materials and ON Semiconductor fell between 1.8 percent and 2.4 percent.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.04-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.10-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.

The S&P 500 was in slightly positive territory most of the day, putting it once again close to the record high it hit January 26.

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