The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Business

February 25, 2014

Stocks slip after consumer confidence weakens

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks slipped in early trading Tuesday as investors reacted to an unexpectedly steep decline in consumer confidence this month. The weak start came a day after the Standard & Poor’s 500 index came within a point of closing at another record high.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 20 points, or 0.1 percent, at 16,184 in the first hour of trading. The S&P 500 lost three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,844 and the Nasdaq composite lost five points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,288.

CONSUMERS SHAKEY: The Conference Board’s index of consumer confidence fell to 78.1 in February from 80.7 the month before, less than the 80.1 level economists were expecting. The report is a closely watched indicator of how likely consumers are to spend money and keep the economy moving forward.

SICKLY TENET: Hospital management company Tenet Healthcare fell $2.71, or 6 percent, to $45.62 after the company reported a quarterly loss in the fourth quarter. Tenet took on more debt because of an acquisition and a stock repurchase.

HOME DEPOT, IMPROVING: The nation’s largest home improvement chain rose $1.94, or 3 percent, to $79.78. While Home Depot reported a decline in net income from a year earlier, the results still beat analysts’ expectations. Home Depot also raised its dividend 21 percent.

BACK NEAR A RECORD HIGH: The S&P 500 barely missed hitting another record high on Monday. It closed at 1,847.61, less than a point from its record close of 1,848.38 set on Jan. 15. Both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 are positive for 2014, while the Dow is still down 2 percent.

 

1
Text Only
Business
Poll

Amendment 8 in Missouri proposes a special lottery ticket to help fund state veterans homes. How will you vote?

For it.
Against it.
     View Results
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record