NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Trading in stocks was choppy Tuesday with the Nasdaq the worst performer as the technology sector extended Monday's losses. High-momentum tech stocks are frequently the worst performers in broad-based market declines.
The S&P 500 was down 0.1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.04%, and the Nasdaq tumbled 0.66%.
Job openings in April rose to 5.38 million, the highest since December 2000 and up from March's 5.11 million, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The latest data is dated given investors already have reviewed May's jobs figures from the Labor Department, though the date still provide additional details as to recent strength in the labor market.
U.S. wholesale inventories increased 0.4% in April, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The reading was double expectations and up from a 0.1% increase in March.
Inflation in China in May increased at a slower-than-expected pace with consumer prices rising 1.2% year over year, short estimates for a 1.3% increase. Producer prices plummeted 4.6% from a year earlier, the 38th straight month of decline.
A day earlier, China reported exports for May fell and imports declined at the sharpest rate in three months. Annual exports slid 2.5% while imports plummeted 17.6%. The latest data rallied calls for increased stimulus from the People's Bank of China.
U.S. stocks closed in the red on Monday as investors braced for next week's Federal Reserve meeting in the wake of Friday's stellar monthly jobs report. The Fed will kick off its two-day meeting on Tuesday, June 16, and it will conclude mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Click here for more.
Debt talks between Greece and its European creditors were limping along, according to The Guardian. Greece reportedly has submitted a list of reforms to creditors, which an unnamed European Union official calls a "vague rehash of earlier proposals." Greece has until the end of June to secure further debt relief.
McDonald's (MCD shares were on watch after the company appointed Robert Gibbs as global head of communications. Gibbs had previously worked as press secretary for President Barack Obama.
HSBC (HSBC plans to cut 50,000 jobs, one leg of an effort to cut costs by as much as $5 billion within two years, according to a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The measure eliminates around 20% of the bank's payroll.
General Electric (GE has agreed to sell its private-equity lending unit, a group with assets of more than $10 billion, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Canada's largest pension fund. The deal is valued at around $12 billion. Click here for more.
Lululemon (LULU rose 2.5% after beating estimates on its top- and bottom-lines. The athletic apparel maker earned 34 cents a share in its recent quarter, beating estimates by a penny, while sales climbed 10.1% to $423.5 million.
Fiat Chrysler (FCAU shares were on watch on news the company's executives are still keen to merge with General Motors (GM. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly contacted hedge funds to nudge GM to consider a merger, according to The Wall Street Journal. Click here for more.
Apple dominated headlines on Monday afternoon as the company unveiled its streaming music service Apple Music. The company kicked off its five-day Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday. Click here for more.
American Airlines (AAL fell more than 1% after reporting May traffic. Revenue passenger miles increased 0.7% to 19.3 billion, while total capacity rose 2.1% to 23.3 billion available seat miles.
United Natural Foods (UNFI slid after reporting third-quarter net income of 83 cents a share, up a dime from a year earlier though short analysts' estimates by 2 cents. Revenue rose nearly 19% to $2.11 billion, but missed estimates of $2.14 billion.
Casey's General Stores (CASY climbed after reporting quarterly earnings of $1.05 a share, nearly double a year earlier and above estimates of 86 cents. Sales declined to $1.65 billion, though bested estimates of $1.64 billion.
H&R Block (HRB disappointed analysts, reporting full-year earnings of $1.75 a share, down from $1.81 a year earlier and less estimates of $2.03. The accounting firm didn't provide numbers for its standalone fourth quarter.