S&P 500, Dow slip as trade-fuelled rally pauses
By Arjun Panchadar and Agamoni Ghosh (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes stalled on Friday after a record run, as U.S.
By Arjun Panchadar and Agamoni Ghosh
(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes stalled on Friday after a record run, as U.S. President Donald Trump contradicted reports that the United States and China would roll back existing tariffs.
However, the Nasdaq eked out gains on the back of a rise in shares of Facebook Inc
The benchmark S&P 500 and blue-chip Dow had closed at all-time highs on Thursday after officials said both countries had agreed to roll back tariffs on each others' goods in a "phase one" trade deal if it is completed.
However, Trump said on Friday he had not agreed to roll back the tariffs, although Beijing would like him to do so. The news sent all the three major U.S. stock indexes sharply lower, but the S&P and Nasdaq quickly recovered to trade near flat.
"Let's not forget that in the past we have come so close to a trade agreement and at the last minute there has been a pullback," said Michael Geraghty, capital market strategist at Cornerstone Capital Group in New York.
"The president is very set in his way and the Chinese have their viewpoint too, so it seems it's going to take a bit longer for the trade deal to be nailed down."
Seven of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were trading lower, with the energy sector shedding 1.4% as oil prices fell.
The financials sector <.SPSY> was also lower as the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield came down from the three-month high hit on Thursday.
Still, the S&P 500 was on track for its fifth straight week of gains, while the Nasdaq was eyeing its sixth consecutive weekly rise, partly propelled by a rosy third-quarter earnings season.
Walt Disney Co
At 11:34 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> was down 70.35 points, or 0.25%, at 27,604.45, the S&P 500 <.SPX> was down 1.95 points, or 0.06%, at 3,083.23. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> was up 10.05 points, or 0.12%, at 8,444.57.
Dragging on the Dow were losses in shares of trade-sensitive industrials 3M Co
Among other stocks, Gap Inc
Energy drinks maker Monster Beverage Corp
Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 1.12-to-1 ratio on the NYSE. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners for a 1.07-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded 17 new 52-week highs and two new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 44 new highs and 65 new lows.
(Reporting by Arjun Panchadar and Agamoni Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Shounak Dasgupta)
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