US stocks little changed in early trading

Published 07-27-2018

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U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Friday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings reports and new government data showing the U.S. economy surged in the second quarter at the fastest pace since 2014. Losses in technology and health care stocks partially offset gains among retailers, restaurant chains and banks.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,833 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 8 points to 25,535. The Nasdaq composite index lost 26 points, or 0.3 percent, to 7,826. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 5 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,689.

The S&P 500, the market's benchmark index, is on track for its fourth weekly gain in a row.

STRONGER GROWTH: The U.S. economy surged in the April-June quarter to an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent. That's the fastest pace since 2014, driven by consumers who began spending their tax cuts and exporters who rushed to get their products delivered ahead of retaliatory tariffs.

SOCIAL MEDIA WOES SLUMP: Facebook's tumble, brought on by its warning to investors that it sees slower revenue growth ahead, led a decline in technology shares that snapped a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index. The focus is likely to remain on the technology sector as shares of Twitter plunged 15 percent after it said the number of monthly users dropped in the second quarter.

GOOD TRIP: Expedia Group surged 9.3 percent to $137.48 after the online travel portal's quarterly earnings topped analysts' forecasts.

TASTY RESULTS: Chipotle Mexican Grill climbed 6.6 percent to $476.07 after the restaurant chain said sales online and at established stores improved in its latest quarter.

DELIVERING THE GOODS: Amazon.com rose 2.8 percent after the online retailer reported its biggest profit ever as its advertising and cloud computing businesses kept growing.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 22 cents to $69.39 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 2 cents to $75.10.

BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose, sending yields lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent late Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 110.99 yen from 111.23 yen on Thursday. The euro strengthened to $1.1652 from $1.1645.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe rose. Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent and the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 picked up 0.6 percent. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent. The Kospi in South Korea picked up 0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index edged 0.1 pe

TASTY RESULTS: Chipotle Mexican Grill climbed 6.6 percent to $476.07 after the restaurant chain said sales online and at established stores improved in its latest quarter.

DELIVERING THE GOODS: Amazon.com rose 2.8 percent after the online retailer reported its biggest profit ever as its advertising and cloud computing businesses kept growing.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 22 cents to $69.39 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 2 cents to $75.10.

BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose, sending yields lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent late Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 110.99 yen from 111.23 yen on Thursday. The euro strengthened to $1.1652 from $1.1645.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe rose. Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent and the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 picked up 0.6 percent. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent. The Kospi in South Korea picked up 0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index edged 0.1 percent lower. Australia's S&P ASX 200 jumped 0.9 percent. Shares gained in Taiwan and Indonesia but were lower in Singapore.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 22 cents to $69.39 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 2 cents to $75.10.

BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose, sending yields lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.96 percent from 2.97 percent late Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 110.99 yen from 111.23 yen on Thursday. The euro strengthened to $1.1652 from $1.1645.

MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe rose. Germany's DAX added 0.4 percent and the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 picked up 0.6 percent. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent. The Kospi in South Korea picked up 0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index edged 0.1 percent lower. Australia's S&P ASX 200 jumped 0.9 percent. Shares gained in Taiwan and Indonesia but were lower in Singapore.

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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2018 file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter Inc., on Friday, July 27 reported second-quarter net income of $100.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the San Francisco-based company said it had net income of 13 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 17 cents per share. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) - The Associated Press


FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Facebook plummeted 19 percent Thursday, July 26, 2018, after warning of slower growth ahead, erasing more than $100 billion in value. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) - The Associated Press