The S & P 500 is only 0.3% off an internal record of 2,940.91 hit on September 21, following a rise of about 17% this year, aided by a foreign Federal Reserve, hopes of a US trade resolution and a profits mostly optimistic season.
Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, said: “Until now you have had quite strong feedback on the income and feelings of investors are nervous positively.”
“This concern has to do with estimates and concern that is: ‘Will I get enough results and guidance to justify the markets that go above?'”
Boeing (NYSE: BA) Co shares won 1.1% even when Planmaker abolished its 2019 opinion and reported quarterly revenue under Wall Street estimates due to the rise of its 737 MAX aircraft. Its shares have lost 11% since the deadly Ethiopian accident in early March.
Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT) fell 3.2%. The company led analysts’ quarterly earnings estimates, but posted a 4% drop in construction income in Asia Pacific, one of its dominant Chinese-dominated markets.
The earnings of S & P 500 companies are expected to fall by 1.1% for the first quarter, according to Refiniti’s data. However, estimates have improved since the beginning of April, with 77.5% of the 129 companies reported so far surpassing their earnings estimates.
At 9:58 ET, Dow Jones’s industrial average was down 33.80 points, or 0.13%, to 26,622.59, S & P 500 was down 2.24 points, or 0.08%, to 2,931.44 and Nasdaq Composite was below 7.23 points, or 0.09% to 8,113.60.
EBay Inc.’s shares grew by 3.8% after the company set up sales forecasts and full-year earnings projections.
AT & T Inc’s shares (NYSE: T) fell 3% as the US’s second largest carrier reported quarterly revenue under Wall Street estimates.
Occidental Shares fell 3.0%. The shares of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) increased by 11.7%, providing the largest boost to S & P 500 after Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) sought to cancel the acquisition of Chevron (NYSE: CVX) Corp. from the company with a $ 57 billion bid.
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), set to report after the closing ring on Wednesday, were down about 0.5%.
Advancing issues is lower than a 1.07-to-1 ratio on NYSE. Lowering attorneys’ issues were larger for a 1.23-to-1 ratio in the Nasdaq.
The S & P index has recorded 37 new 52-week low and a low-low, while the Nasdaq has recorded 48 new and 15 new discounts./Investing.com