Stocks end mixed ahead of the Fed's interest rate decision

GameStop Corp. was sharply lower for a second day

U.S. stocks finished mixed ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates due Wednesday.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 32237.53 +132.28 +0.41%
SP500 S&P 500 3970.99 +22.27 +0.56%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 11823.960139 +36.56 +0.31%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 128 points, or 0.39%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.16%. Both indexes slid off record highs. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, rose 0.09%.

Traders continue to monitor bond yields, which have risen sharply this year amid inflation concerns, ahead of the Fed’s interest rate decision. The benchmark 10-year yield was down 1 basis point Tuesday to 1.59% after starting the year at 0.916%.

In stocks, Starbucks Corp., Deere & Co. and D.R. Horton Inc. were among the companies that saw shares reach intraday record highs.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
SBUX STARBUCKS CORP. 98.34 -0.08 -0.08%
DE DEERE & CO. 386.51 -5.11 -1.30%
DHI D.R. HORTON INC. 96.91 +0.70 +0.73%

Elsewhere, GameStop Corp. shares were under pressure for a second day after plunging 17% during the prior session. The stock has gained 1,068% this year.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GME GAMESTOP CORP. 23.97 +1.38 +6.11%

AMC Entertainment Holdings remained in focus after shares spiked 26% Monday following news that the company’s locations in Los Angeles County began reopening from their COVID-19 induced shutdowns.

Moderna Inc. has begun a Phase 2/3 trial of its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months to less than 12 years.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
MRNA MODERNA INC. 150.88 +1.46 +0.98%
FOXA TFCF CORP. 33.06 -0.61 -1.81%

Meanwhile, Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch purchased about 457,000 shares at an average price of $42.77 apiece, worth more than $21 million. Murdoch now owns 1.295 million shares. Fox is the parent company of FOX Business and Fox News.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CVX CHEVRON CORP. 155.99 +1.54 +1.00%
XOM EXXON MOBIL CORP. 103.53 +0.12 +0.12%

Oil majors, including Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp., were lower as West Texas Intermediate crude oil slid 59 cents to $64.80 per barrel.

Elsewhere in commodities, gold ticked up $1.70 to $1,730.60 an ounce and silver lost 28 cents to $25.97 an ounce.

Overseas markets were broadly higher.

In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 advanced 0.8%, Germany’s DAX 30 climbed 0.66%, and France’s CAC 40 rose 0.32%.

China’s Shanghai Composite index paced the gains in Asia, trading up 0.78%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rallied 0.67% and 0.52%, respectively.