NEW YORK, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 27th Jan, 2017 ) - The Dow added modestly to its record Thursday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell a bit as the market digested the historic surge in the prior session. A day after finishing above 20,000 points for the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2 percent to end at 20,100.91. The broad-based S&P 500 shed 0.1 percent to 2,296.68 at the closing bell, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost a hair to end at 5,655.
18. "The market is probably taking a breather after yesterday," said Bill Lynch, director of investment at Hinsdale Associates. The sideways session came on a day of busy corporate earnings releases and ahead of Friday's report on US growth in the final quarter of 2015. Ford dropped 3.3 percent after reporting an $800 million loss in the fourth quarter, which included the impact of $200 million in one-time costs associated with spiking a plan to open a new plant in Mexico following pressure from President Donald Trump.
EBay jumped 5.0 percent as it projected 2017 revenues of between $9.3 billion and $9.5 billion, above the $9.0 billion last year. Credit Suisse said in a note the results were good enough for "bulls to be optimistic." Mattel plunged 17.7 percent after reporting fourth-quarter earnings and sales well below analyst expectations. Chief executive Christopher Sinclair pointed to a "significant toy category slowdown in the holiday period" that resulted in elevated promotional activity. Among other large companies reporting earnings, AT&T gained 1.0 percent, Caterpillar lost 1.0 percent, Dow Chemical rose 2.0 percent, Southwest Airlines jumped 9.0 percent and Whirlpool slumped 9.0 percent.