U.S. stocks turned mixed Tuesday pulling back from record levels.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 200 points or 0.5% extending its record, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite traded down 0.3% and 1.7%.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||36780.51||+195.45||+0.53%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||15523.250678||-309.55||-1.96%|
Healthcare and technology names paced the declines, while energy shares rose as oil moved above the $77 per barrel level as OPEC holds its first meeting of 2022.
|XLV||HEALTH CARE SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF||137.25||-2.19||-1.57%|
|QQQ||INVESCO QQQ NASDAQ 100||393.83||-7.85||-1.95%|
|XLE||ENERGY SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF||59.20||+1.97||+3.44%|
In economic data, the number of job openings or JOLTS, fell to 10.6 million, just below the record 11.098 million reached during July. Still, the pace of quitting remained red-hot rising 3% to a series high as 4.5 million as the ‘Great Resignation’ continues.
The ISM’s manufacturing purchasing managers index for December unexpectedly dipped to 58.7 down from November’s 60.0. “”The U.S. manufacturing sector remains in a demand-driven, supply chain-constrained environment, with indications of improvements in labor resources and supplier delivery performance. Shortages of critical lowest-tier materials, high commodity prices and difficulties in transporting products continue to plague reliable consumption” said Timothy Fiore, Chair of the Institute for Supply Management.
|F||FORD MOTOR CO.||24.27||+2.50||+11.51%|
In stocks, Ford is in focus after the automaker has confirmed that it is increasing the planned capacity of the factory that will build the F-150 Lightning by nearly double to 150,000 trucks annually due to higher than expected demand.
|TM||TOYOTA MOTOR CORP.||198.42||+12.14||+6.52%|
|GM||GENERAL MOTORS CO.||65.52||+4.29||+7.01%|
In other auto news, Toyota toppled General Motors for the first time since 1931 as its vehicles outsold the American automaker.
Moderna, in an SEC filing, noted it is developing a single dose COVID-Flu treatment. Additionally, the company’s financial cushion is strong. “As we close our books for 2021, the company’s cash, cash equivalents and investments as of December 31, 2021, were more than $17 billion. We now have the resources to scale our investments and do even more to positively impact human health with mRNA medicines. This is just the beginning” according to the filing.
Apple hit the $3 trillion mark Monday intraday, becoming the first U.S. company to hit the milestone. Microsoft is the next company closest to that value trading around $2.5 trillion.
|WMG||WARNER MUSIC GROUP CORP.||41.09||-1.86||-4.33%|
Warner Chappell Music purchased the extensive music catalog of David Bowie, stretching from the late 1960s to just before his death in 2016. More than 400 songs, among them “Space Oddity,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Fame,” “Rebel Rebel” and “Let’s Dance” on 26 Bowie studio albums released during his lifetime, a posthumous studio album release, Toy, two studio albums from Tin Machine, as well as tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other projects, are included. Financial details were not disclosed.
In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin remained below the $50,000 level.
Overseas Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.8% to 29,301.79 in Tokyo’s first trading day of 2022. Shares also rose in Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong, but edged lower in Shanghai.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.