The major market averages dipped on Tuesday but curbed earlier losses helped by gains in small-cap and transportation stocks which hit fresh records.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 167 points or 0.5%, weighed down by the two Dow retail members Home Depot and Walmart however Boeing gained some momentum as investors speculate its Max 737 jet will be cleared by the FAA to fly again as soon as this week.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||29638.64||-271.73||-0.91%|
|HD||THE HOME DEPOT INC.||277.41||+1.42||+0.51%|
Home Depot shares were weaker despite a solid quarter after the home improvement chain noted expenses would rise by $1 billion as it works to bring on more employees.
Walmart reported strong results, beating expectations as e-commerce sales jumped 79%, but signaled the pandemic boost may slow.
The Dow Transports, however, hit a fresh record helped by FedEx and UPS, two economically sensitive names.
|UPS||UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC.||171.07||+2.18||+1.29%|
|IYT||ISHARES TRUST TRANSPORTATION AVERAGE ETF||219.82||-1.96||-0.88%|
The S&P 500 fell 0.5% but energy stocks saw a slight boost.
|XLE||ENERGY SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF||36.76||-2.15||-5.53%|
Tesla was a standout, rallying on word it will be added to the S&P 500 in December, a highly anticipated development for investors and CEO Elon Musk. The Nasdaq Composite still ended lower.
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||12198.737037||-7.11||-0.06%|
Amazon said it was getting into the pharmacy business, offering prescriptions, and other healthcare items for free for Prime members. The announcement pressured shares of traditional drugstore chains, such as CVS and Walgreens along with GoodRx.
|CVS||CVS HEALTH CORPORATION||67.79||-0.08||-0.12%|
|WBA||WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC.||38.01||-0.99||-2.54%|
|GDRX||GOODRX HLDGS INC||37.70||-0.50||-1.31%|
SHAKEUP AT AT&T
AT&T announced that its CFO, John Stephens, would be stepping down in March 2021. He will be succeeded by WarnerMedia CFO Pascal Desroches, effective April 1, 2021.
“I greatly appreciate John’s [Stephens] outstanding leadership, tireless dedication and many significant contributions to AT&T over the years,” said John Stankey, AT&T CEO, in a statement. “His financial expertise and strong commitment to our investors, employees and customers have been invaluable as we invested to become a leader in connectivity and content. He has helped us maintain the financial strength and flexibility needed to create long-term value for shareowners. While he won’t be retiring until next spring, I want to take this opportunity to wish John and his family all our best in the years ahead.”
October retail sales fell short of expectations, rising 0.3% and 0.2%, excluding auto sales. Economists expected a rise of 0.5% and 0.5%, respectively.
Import prices for October came in at -0.1% and rose 0.1%, excluding oil. Export prices rose 0.2% and remained flat, excluding agriculture.
Industrial production for October is expected by economists' to rise 0.9%, while business inventories for September are expected to rise by 0.5%.
The NAHB Housing Market Index continued to show optimism, with a reading for November of 90, above expectations of 85.
Crude oil rose on Tuesday to $41.43 a barrel. Gold declined to $1,884.50 an ounce.