Here Are 3 Hot Things to Know About Stocks Right Now

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average   traded lower Tuesday and fell below 25,000. The index closed Monday at 25,013.29, its highest close since March 12.
  • J.C. Penney Co. (JCP)  fell 6.8% after CEO Marvin Ellison resigned to join Lowe's Cos. (LOW) .
  • Micron Technology Inc. (MU)  rose 6.4% after the chipmaker announced a $10 billion share repurchase program.

Wall Street Overview

Stocks traded lower on Tuesday, May 22.

China's Finance Ministry said Tuesday that it would slash import tariffs on automobiles into the world's biggest car market in what could be the most significant step by officials in Beijing to placate demands made by President Donald Trump to trim the country's multi-billion trade surplus with the U.S. The decision, while expected, comes after Washington and Beijing declared a near-term truce in the brewing dispute over tariffs and access to markets in the world's two biggest economies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average     finished down 178 points, or 0.72%, to 24,834 after rising earlier in the session. The S&P 500   was down 0.31% and the Nasdaq    slipped 0.21%.

U.S. crude oil futures turned lower after rising to the highest levels in more than three-and-a-half years on Tuesday.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures for June delivery rose Tuesday to as high as $72.72 a barrel, the highest since November 2014, extending WTI's year-to-date gain to 20.35%. WTI finished down 11 cents to settle at $72.13 a barrel.

Brent crude prices for July delivery, the global benchmark, rose 35 cents to $79.57 a barrel.

J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) said Tuesday that CEO Marvin Ellison resigned and joined Lowe's Cos. (LOW) as president and chief executive. Penney shares fell 6.8% while Lowe's shares slipped 1.9%.

Kohl's Corp. (KSS) reported first-quarter adjusted earnings of 64 cents a share, smashing estimates of 50 cents. The stock rose 7.4%.

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Toll Brothers Inc. (TOL) posted fiscal second-quarter profit of 72 cents a share, below estimates of 76 cents. Sales rose to $1.6 billion from $1.36 billion a year earlier and came in above estimates of $1.58 billion. Gross margin in the quarter was 18.8% for the quarter, compared with 21% in the same period a year earlier. The stock fell 9.6%.

TJX Cos. (TJX)  reported first-quarter adjusted profit of 96 cents a share, 6 cents below estimates. Sales rose 12% to $8.7 billion and exceeded forecasts. TJX shares rose 3.3%.

Micron Technology Inc. (MU) shares finished up 6.4% on Tuesday after the chipmaker announced Monday a $10 billion share repurchase program and a deal with Intel Corp. (INTC) to make and ship the next generation of chips used in flash drives and digital cameras.