Wall Street flat as GE, tax plan doubts weigh | Reuters

(Reuters) - Wall Street was little changed in late morning trading on Monday as GE’s dismal outlook weighed on indexes and investors fretted over the future of the U.S. tax reform plan. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidGeneral Electric (GE.N) dropped 4.4 percent after the industrial conglomerate cut its 2018 profit forecast, slashed dividend and unveiled a restructuring plan. With the third-quarter earnings season on its last leg, investors are closely tracking developments around the tax bill as well as economic data to make their bets. Senate Republicans last week unveiled a new plan that differed from the House of Representatives’ version and there were few signs of a compromise. “The process is moving forward. We’ve listened to snippets of state local taxes and deductions. But we won’t really know what the end result looks like unless they put together in the Senate and House version,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York. “The real difficulty will be pulling the two things together.” Hopes of lower taxes, one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises, have helped drive the S&P 500 up 20 percent since the 2016 presidential election. At 10:48 a.m. ET (1448 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was down 1.93 points, or 0.01 percent, at 23,420.28, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 0.94 points, or 0.04 percent, at 2,581.36 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 6.56 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,744.38. Seven of the 11 major S&P indexes were lower led by industrial .SPLRCI stocks. Investors turned to defensive utilities .SPLRCU and consumer staples .SPLRCS stocks amid the tax bill uncertainty. Toymaker Mattel (MAT.O) jumped about 20 percent after a report that rival Hasbro (HAS.O) has made an approach to acquire the company. Hasbro rose 6.6 percent. Qualcomm (QCOM.O) rose 1.44 percent after the chipmaker rejected rival Broadcom’s (AVGO.O) $103-billion takeover bid, saying the offer “dramatically” undervalued the company. Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by 1,664 to 1,066. On the Nasdaq, 1,681 issues fell and 1,049 advanced.

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Updated Date: Nov 13, 2017 22:24 PM

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