Stocks closed mostly lower on Tuesday with selling pressure on component stock Apple ( AAPL ) dragging down the entire technology sector and leaving the Nasdaq at its lowest level in six days. Investors bailed out of the tech giant amid concerns that sluggish iPhone X sales will permeate its suppliers with the semiconductor sector losing 1% in the aftermath.
Losses for the Dow and S&P 500 were mitigated, however, by gains in the retail and energy sectors on the back of record holiday sales, and possible supply disruptions from a major Libyan oil pipeline. Brent crude oil futures set a two-and-a-half year high following a deliberate explosion at the Es Sider pipeline that could slash supply from Libya by roughly 90,000 barrels per day.
On the economic front, home prices continued to appreciate according to a monthly survey by Case Shiller with gains in certain regions outstripping income advances.
A pair of regional manufacturing indices were mixed. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index fell 10 points to 20.0 in December, a larger-than-expected decline.
But the Dallas Fed manufacturing index improved by more than 10 points to 29.7 in December, an almost 12-year high in the index.
Here’s where the markets stood at the close:
Dow Jones Industrial Index was down 7.85 points (-0.03%)
S&P 500 was down 2.84 points (-0.11%)
Nasdaq Composite Index was down 23.71 points (-0.34%)
FTSE 100 was closed
Nikkei 225 was down 0.20%
Hang Seng Index was closed
Shanghai China Composite Index was up 0.78%
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