Updated from 10:17 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Stocks were mixed on Wednesday, Aug. 2, though positive earnings from Apple Inc. (AAPL) pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average to 22,000 for the first time.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.1% to 22,982, retreating from its never-before-seen 22,000 hit earlier in the day. The blue-chip index remained on track to close at a record for its fifth session in a row. The S&P 500 fell 0.26%, and the Nasdaq slid 0.34%.
Apple gained more than 4% after reaching an all-time intraday high of $159.75 earlier in the session. The world's largest company beat earnings forecasts and issued an outlook that seemed to allay worries over potential iPhone 8 delays. Apple said it expects revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in September, to be about $49 billion to $52 billion, a figure that tops analysts' forecasts and suggests that rumors of production and technical delays linked to the 10th anniversary iPhone release later this year were unfounded.
For its fiscal third quarter, the world's biggest tech company posted earnings of $1.67 a share on revenue of $45.41 billion. Apple said all-time iPhone sales topped the 1.2 billion mark during the three months ended in June after 41.03 million units were shipped during the quarter, a 1.6% increase from the same period last year.
"Apple is projecting another monster quarter over the next three months, and if management can deliver again, we expect the stock to continue its climb past its current highs," said Jim Cramer and the AAP team.
Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) weighed on the materials sector following a disappointing first half of the year. The mining company earned underlying profit of $3.94 billion over the first half of the year, lower than an analyst target of $4.26 billion. Revenue surged nearly 25% to $19.32 billion.
Time Warner Inc. (TWX) reported a better-than-expected second quarter thanks to the box-office success of Wonder Woman. The media company earned $1.34 a share, up from $1.20 a share a year earlier. Adjusted earnings of $1.33 a share beat estimates of $1.19. Revenue of $7.33 billion exceeded consensus of $7.3 billion.
Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) topped profit estimates over its recent quarter and announced a dividend hike. Adjusted earnings of 48 cents a share exceeded estimates by 2 cents, though revenue of $5.99 billion came in slightly short of consensus of $6 billion. The company increased its dividend by 16% to 22 cents.
Mondelez also announced that CEO Irene Rosenfeld would step down with Dirk Van de Put assuming the position. Rosenfeld will continue as chairman until March 31, 2018.
Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) moved higher by 4% on Wednesday after a solid second quarter. The GPS navigation and wireless device maker posted adjusted quarterly earnings of 88 cents per share, 7 cents above analysts' expectations. Revenue came in at $817 million, $9.17 million more than Wall Street had forecast. Garmin got a boost from its fitness products, which helped to offset a not so strong vehicle navigation segment.
Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) reported a rise in net profit, though fell short of consensus. Second-quarter profit increased to $1.49 a share from 80 cents a year earlier. Adjusted earnings of $1.66 a share came in below estimates of $2.12. Revenue of $3.09 billion missed expectations of $3.1 billion. Worldwide brand volume increased 2.3%.
As for the Labor Department's official number on Friday, analysts anticipate that a summer lull could pull the number of jobs added to the U.S. economy to below 200,000 for the third time this year. Economists surveyed by FactSet anticipate 180,500 jobs to have been added to the U.S. economy in July, still a solid pace though slower than the rate of 222,000 in June.
On the plus side, the unemployment rate is expected to fall by 10 basis points to 4.3%. Hourly earnings are expected to have increased 0.3% month on month, picking up from a 0.2% growth rate in June. Year over year, hourly earnings growth is targeted to have held at 2.5%.
Crude oil prices were slightly higher ahead of weekly inventories data out mid-morning. The Energy Information Administration will release its domestic stockpiles data report at 10:30 a.m. ET. The American Petroleum Institute reported an increase of 1.8 million barrels in the past week.
West Texas Intermediate crude was up 0.2% to $49.25 a barrel on Wednesday morning.
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