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US Indexes Close Mostly Flat Wednesday

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 27,492.56 on Wednesday with a loss of 0.07 points or -0.01%. The S&P 500 closed at 3,076.77 for a gain of 2.15 points or 0.07%. The Nasdaq Composite closed at 8,410.63 for a loss of 24.05 points or -0.29%. The VIX Volatility Index was lower at 12.70 for a loss of 0.40 points or -3.05%.

Wednesday's market movers


U.S. indexes closed mostly flat on Wednesday as stocks showed resistance to China trade optimism and the House of Representatives advanced its impeachment investigation, announcing public hearings next week. News reports suggested that the U.S. and China may be planning to delay the signing of a final agreement now being targeted for December.

On the earnings calendar, the following companies led earnings release headlines:

Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), CVS, New York Times (NYSE:NYT), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Fox (NASDAQ:FOX), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Office Depot (ODP), Expedia (EXPE), GoDaddy (GDDY), Marathon Oil (MRO), Roku (ROKU), Square (SQ) and TripAdvisor (TRIP).

Economic reports affecting market trading included the following:

  • The MBA Mortgage Applications Index decreased 0.1% following an increase of 0.6%. The MBA's average 30-year mortgage rate decreased to 3.98% from 4.05%.
  • The Productivity and Costs reports showed nonfarm productivity decreasing 0.3% in the third quarter following an increase of 2.5%. Unit labor costs increased 3.6% in the third quarter following an increase of 2.4%.
  • The EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status report showed crude oil inventory up 7.929 million barrels following an increase of 5.702 million.
  • The Treasury held an auction for 10-year notes at a rate of 1.809%



In the S&P 500, real estate led gains and energy led losses. In the S&P 100, the following stocks led gains and losses:

  • CVS (NYSE:CVS) 5.30%
  • Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) 2.47%
  • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) 1.45%
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) -3.01% (news of potential leveraged buyout to private company)
  • Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -1.40% (California information requests)



Small-cap stocks

In small caps, the Russell 2000 closed at 1,590.40 for a loss of 9.21 points or -0.58%. The S&P 600 closed at 984.54 for a loss of 5.64 points or -0.57%. The Dow Jones U.S. Small-Cap Growth Index closed at 10,074.11 for a loss of 64.43 points or -0.64%. The Dow Jones U.S. Small-Cap Value Index closed at 9,822.22 for a loss of 53.40 points or -0.54%.

Other notable indexes

Other notable index closes included the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index at 1,990.50 for a loss of 8.83 points or -0.44%; the S&P 100 at 1,369.77 for a gain of 0.66 points or 0.048%; the Nasdaq 100 at 8,196.03 for a loss of 14.15 points or -0.17%; the Russell 3000 at 1,801.35 for a loss of 0.16 points or -0.0089%; the Russell 1000 at 1,698.39 for a gain of 0.58 points or 0.034%; the Wilshire 5000 at 31,440.40 for a loss of 5.67 points or -0.018%; and the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index at 740.01 for a loss of 2.37 points or -0.32%.

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