Tech stocks fell into the red this afternoon and stayed there, after holding a modest rally throughout most of the session. The Dow, though, struggled to get into the positive column and ended near the high mark for the day.
The Dow ended up 39 to 11,233. Blue-chip
gained some late momentum and ended up 5.1% --the day's biggest winner. The shares ended at a new all-time high close of $177.88.
, though, lost 1.3% after yesterday's news that it was negotiating a possible acquisition of
Nasdaq fell 47 to 3849. The index earlier today enjoyed a relief rally following yesterday's losses, which stemmed from a Wall Street analyst's concerns that Big Blue
third- and fourth-quarter revenue would be hurt by foreign exchange rates.
, a semiconductor equipment maker, was the latest tech to issue a fourth-quarter earnings warning. The company, which plummeted 39.4%, cited supply-chain problems in its factory systems unit as the culprit.
separate story on the company.
The Street.com Internet Index
ended down 5 to 793.
Elsewhere, the broader
S&P 500 slipped 7 to 1482, while the small-cap
was down 1 to 532.
Dow Jones Utility Average
shed earlier gains after hitting another intra-day high of 399.02. Spiking energy prices shot
to another all-time high of $83.75, while
topped to $56.75.
American Stock Exchange Oil & Gas Index
jumped to a new all-time high of 548.79 before falling fractionally lower. Yesterday, oil stocks soared following
decision to raise output by 800,000 barrels per day. The increase wasn't enough to drive down the price of oil, which hit $35.85 a barrel.
Philadelphia Stock Exchange Oil Service Index
also hit a new high of 143.98, before tapering off 1%.
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Treasuries are lower on little news. With no major economic releases on the calendar, bond traders are keeping an eye on oil, which is lower so far, and on the corporate bond calendar, which is unusually heavy. Heavy corporate bond issuance can put pressure on Treasury prices.
A couple of
governors have piped up at the
National Association for Business Economics
conference underway in Chicago, but their comments largely cancel each other out.
, president of the
, in an interview in today's
Wall Street Journal
, raised the specter of interest-rate cuts, assuming that energy prices peak and the inflation rate declines. But
in comments to reporters this morning said the risk of too-high inflation is still greater than the risk of too-slow growth. Neither McTeer nor Moskow is a voting member of the
Federal Open Market Committee this year.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury note lately was down 3/32 at 99 24/32, lifting its yield to 5.783%.
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