NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It was another lazy day on Wall Street with stocks little changed after a day dipping and cresting the flatline.
Equities were caught between a crude oil selloff, mixed retail earnings, and signs of a recovering housing market.
The S&P 500 fell 0.06%, hovering just below records achieved on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.08% to 18,312, a new record close. The Nasdaq fell 0.17%.
The energy sector was under pressure as oil prices declined. Crude was lower as the U.S. dollar spiked on the promise of increased quantitative easing in Europe and as the domestic housing recovery picked up steam. West Texas Intermediate crude closed 3.7% lower to $57.26 a barrel, its lowest settlement this month.
Retail earnings came in mixed. On the plus side, Home Depot (HD) narrowly beat earnings forecasts, generating net income of $1.16 a share, which was a penny above estimates. Home Depot increased full-year earnings guidance to $5.24 to $5.27 a share from $5.11 to $5.17 a share.
TJX (TJX) added 2.9% after posting earnings 69 cents a share in its first quarter, 2 cents higher than expected. Revenue of $6.9 billion increased 6.2%.