NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks ended Monday mixed, as investors digested better-than-expected
retail sales and
(C) earnings, while
(AAPL) weakness led a technology sector selloff that pulled down the Nasdaq.
Dow Jones Industrial Average was responsible for most of the green on the trading chart, with the Dow rising 71.82 points, or 0.56%, to 12,921.41 on Monday. The
S&P 500 dropped less than a point to 1,369.57 and the
Nasdaq Composite fell 22.93 points to 2,988.40.
Breadth within the Dow was positive with 24 of the 30 components posting gains.
(AA) ended Monday flat.
The biggest gainers in the Dow Monday were
(HD - Get Report),
(TRV - Get Report) and
Procter & Gamble
(PG - Get Report).
Shares of Home Depot increased 1.43% to $51.69. The stock was upgraded to
overweight from neutral
by Piper Jaffray analysts on Monday. The analysts have a $62 price target on Home Depot.
gives Home Depot an A+ grade with a buy rating and
Procter & Gamble shares were gaining 1.47% to $66.78. The company announced on Friday it is raising its quarterly dividend 7% to 56.25 cents a share.
Procter & Gamble gets an A- grade from
with a buy rating and
Shares of Travelers climbed 1.79% to $59.16. The company is scheduled to report its first-quarter results on April 19. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of $1.50 on revenue of $5.71 billion.
gives Travelers a B grade with a buy rating and
Though not one of the biggest gainers in the index,
shares were rising 85 cents, or 0.8%, to $106.74. The stock was upgraded to
buy from neutral
by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts on Monday. The analysts have a $135 price target on the stock.
gives Caterpillar an A grade with a buy rating and
The biggest decliner in the index was
(HPQ - Get Report)
. Shares dropped 1.06% to $24.31.
-- Written by Alexandra Zendrian
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