Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

How major USA stock indexes fared Tuesday

How major USA stock indexes fared Tuesday

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 96.22 points, or 0.38 percent, to 25,554.66 on Tuesday.

The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, climbed 32.97 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,591.03.

The Labour Department said its Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2%, in line with estimates, and in the 12 months through February, the CPI rose 1.5%, the smallest gain since September 2016.

However the blue-chip Dow pared losses, and all three indexes ended Monday higher boosted by a rally in tech stocks led by Apple Inc. The move plunges the Brexit process into chaos just 17 days before Britain is due to leave the bloc.

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F5 Networks Inc slipped almost 7.4 percent, the most on the S&P index, after the network software maker said it would buy privately held NGINX. The S&P 500 moves up and down based on changes in its members' market value, but the Dow bounces around according to changes in its 30 members' stock prices.

Elsewhere, U.S. -China trade negotiations have continued this week as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He reportedly held a phone call with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday, according to China's state news agency Xinhua. "We're in wait-and-see mode".

Stocks are moving steadily higher in midday trading on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its third gain in a row.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 1.2 percent to 21,243.26 in morning trading.

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Boeing shares slid 6.1 percent, the stock's second day of steep losses, as more countries grounded the aircraft manufacturer's 737 Max 8 following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 on Sunday, which killed 157 people. In October, a Lion Air plane crashed into the sea off the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, killing all 189 people onboard. Australia and Singapore suspended all flights into or out of their countries.

"Investors are watching with interest to see the outcome of the Brexit vote today as it has been one of the uncertainties in the market that has been persistent".

After consolidating near the opening, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded on the back of a 3.47 percent gain in Apple shares.

"The markets are reflecting a more favorable interpretation of the shift in central bank policies", he said.

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Shares in Southwest Airlines sank 2.12 percent while American Airlines lost 0.2 percent, United Continental gave up 0.8 percent. Economists had forecast retail sales to be unchanged in January. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5 percent to 28,776.10, while the Shanghai Composite dipped 0.8 percent at 3,035.15.

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