The Nasdaq rose to a fresh record Tuesday, with Apple surpassing $800 billion in market value, but USA equities finished mostly lower on revived worries about North Korea. The US dollar index, which measures the buck against a basket of its peers, added 0.53 per cent to 99.59. A low VIX typically indicates a bullish outlook for stocks.
At 11:03am ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 8.97 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 21,021.25, the S&P 500 was up 2.03 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 2,401.41 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 23.57 points, or 0.39 per cent, at 6,126.23.
The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 11.72 points, or 0.19 percent, at 6,114.38, after hitting an all-time high of 6,116.47.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index dipped 0.3 percent, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong jumped 1.3 percent.
Marriott International jumped $6.13, or 6.4 percent, to $102.50 after reporting stronger-than-expected earnings for the latest quarter. The hotel operator cited improving trends around the world.
The 10-year US Treasury yield rose to its highest in a month, while gold prices fell, indicating a shift in investor preference for riskier assets.
The Russell 2000 is up 34.73 points, or 2.6 percent. Consumer staples and telecommunications services stocks also finished in the red.
Demand for stocks that pay high dividends has dulled as bonds have begun to pay more in interest.
The S&P 500 rose 3.6 points or 0.15% to 2,403.
The S&P 500 index showed 19 52-week highs and no lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 37 highs and 11 lows.
S&P 500 earnings on average have grown 14.4 percent, up from 10.1 percent estimated at the start of the earnings season, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
EVERYONE REMAINS CALM: Markets have been placid, as investors keep crossing off reasons to fear. Last week's solid jobs report gave reassurance that the US economy is improving despite a weak showing at the start of the year. And last weekend's presidential election in France raised confidence that voters may be turning their backs on a nationalistic brand of politics that could hurt global trade.
The market has become so calm that an index used to measure fear among traders is close to its lowest in more than two decades.
"At the same time the VIX index tracking S&P 500 volatility fell to a 24 year low".
The euro fell to $1.0869 from $1.0930 late Monday.
COMMODITIES: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 36 cents to $46.07 per barrel. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, fell 61 cents to $48.73 a barrel. Oil futures fell almost 1% in NY to settle just above $46.00 a barrel.
House Passes Overtime Bill A White House press release said President Trump would sign the legislation if it made it to his desk in its current form. The vote for HR 1180 broke largely along party lines with the Republican majority in support and the Democrats opposing.
Gross domestic product grew at a sluggish 0.7 percent annual pace in the first quarter as consumer spending nearly stalled. The Fed raised rates by a quarter point in March and said it expected two more increases in 2017.
Trump will meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his stop there. Declaring May 4 as the National Day of Prayer, Trump said freedom is not a gift of government.
But he was performing better in the playoffs. "Besides that we're going to miss having him around". "I didn't convert layups". When players like Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza are scoring from long distance, the Rockets are incredibly hard to beat.
He has so far not given any specific reasons for removing Gordhan and replacing him with new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. Zuma argued he was exercising his powers in terms of section 91 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR last rose 1/32 in price to yield 2.3523 percent, from 2.356 percent late on Thursday. OPEC and non-OPEC states initially agreed to cut 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first six months of 2017.
The overall volume in the last trading session was 2.50 million shares, versus the average volume of 7.52 million shares. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its stake in shares of Hertz Global Holdings by 292.0% in the fourth quarter.
Volunteers are creating sandbags in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to prevent floodwaters from damaging homes in the area. Severe flooding on the Mississippi River convinced officials to close a bridge connecting southern IL and Missouri.
Beginning with Russia's first-ever F1 race in October 2014 the trophies of Sochi went to Team Mercedes' drivers only. Valtteri Bottas muscled past both the Ferrari drivers off the line in Sochi to take the lead of the race.
The spokesman said Google "confirms its commitment towards Italy and will continue to help the country's online ecosystem grow". Apple paid 318 million euros at the end of 2015 to settle a dispute over Italian earnings dating back to 2008.
Fears are growing in the White House that Pyongyang is close to developing nuclear warheads capable of hitting the USA mainland. It flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 44 miles before it apparently failed.
Phoenix serial killing suspect arrested in deaths of 7
All but one of the killings took place in a predominantly Latino neighborhood between March and July of 2016. "Thank you. But police on Monday said they had tied Saucedo to nine killings in all - eight random victims and one man that he knew.
Void left by Vinod Khanna's death hard to fill: Naidu
But Khanna returned to cinema in the late 1980s, and courted success again with films such as Insaaf and Satyameva Jayate . Bollywood Superstar Vinod Khanna who is the favorite actor of millions of movie buffs, passed away this morning.
Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega
Jones has won the last two Xfinity races he has competed in and also has two other top-5 finishes on top of that. Cup driver Aric Almirola emerged victorious Saturday and will look for his second career Cup Series win Sunday.
Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby
It was up for grabs in the final furlong with several horses still having a shot. "That's the problem with the auxiliary gate". Once he got in a comfortable position on the turn and we moved to the outside, he got into the bridle really really handsome .
Macron honors man killed by French far-right
The comment was a reference to Macron's time as economy minister under the unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande. May Day protests took a violent turn in Paris on Monday, leaving both citizens and officers injured.
What to Know About the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
Star-gazing New Zealanders are set for a treat this weekend, with our country in ideal position to view a major meteor shower. If you're lucky and the light conditions are right, you should be able to spot up to 30 shooting stars in an hour.
Hit by NASCAR penalty, Logano says team doesn't cheat
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