Stocks Edge Lower On Conflicting Economic Data for Jobs and Services Sector

Michael Teague |

Stocks on Wall Street ended the day’s session slightly lower, as conflicting economic data amid the ongoing earnings season left investors without the necessary fuel to extend the previous day’s rally into a second consecutive session.

The ADP’s private-sector jobs report showed that companies did less hiring than had been expected in the month of January. The news took some of the steam out of another report that saw the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index for the month of January at 54, up one basis point on the month prior and slightly ahead of expectations.


The Final Tally

●     Standard & Poor’s 500: -0.20 percent to 1,751.64

●     Dow Jones Industrial Average: -0.03 percent to 15,440.23

●     Nasdaq: -0.50 percent to 4,011.55


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On the S&P 500:

Healthcare stocks traded down on heavy volume on the benchmark index. Pfizer Inc (PFE) was off by 3.6 percent, paring back gains of the days previous, while Gilead Sciences (GILD) dropped nearly 5 percent. Materials companies also took a hit, with oil and gas refiner Valero Energy (VLO) off by nearly 4 percent, and aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (AA) off by 3.6 percent.

On the Dow:

The Dow was spared the worst of the day’s selling activities, with a small majority of the index’s components ending the day up, led by Walt Disney Co. (DIS) , who added 1 percent. Pfizer took the biggest cut, but was followed by blue-chips Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) , down nearly 1.5 percent each, and with major-integrated oil’s Chevron (CVX) losing nearly as much.

On the Nasdaq:

The exchange bore the brunt of the day’s downward momentum, with tech stocks leading the way. Facebook (FB) , Vodafone Group (VOD) , Frontier Communications (FTR) , Yahoo! (YHOO) , and Groupon (GRPN) were among the day’s most heavily-traded losers. Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) , meanwhile, was off by over 6 percent on high volume, paring back on substantial gains the stock had made in the prior session.

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation 7.70 0.07 0.92 1,885,282 Trade
CVX Chevron Corporation 125.97 1.93 1.56 7,705,775 Trade
FB Facebook Inc. 198.31 2.46 1.26 16,826,023 Trade
AA Alcoa Corporation 45.78 0.44 0.97 2,835,721 Trade
INTC Intel Corporation 53.22 -1.89 -3.43 40,764,444 Trade
VLO Valero Energy Corporation 116.54 1.36 1.18 3,064,017 Trade
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc. 69.06 -1.17 -1.67 6,568,588 Trade
JPM JP Morgan Chase & Co. 108.18 0.28 0.26 9,786,825 Trade
VOD Vodafone Group Plc 24.49 -0.25 -1.01 4,341,589 Trade
DIS The Walt Disney Company 107.06 -1.79 -1.64 9,288,554 Trade
CWEI Clayton Williams Energy Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
PFE Pfizer Inc. 36.16 -0.20 -0.55 22,906,545 Trade
YHOO Yahoo! Inc. n/a n/a n/a 0 Trade
GRPN Groupon Inc. 4.75 0.07 1.50 6,850,527 Trade
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 100.86 0.73 0.73 23,586,037 Trade
PLUG Plug Power Inc. 1.99 0.01 0.51 2,742,762 Trade
FEPTY Far East Pharm Tech S/Adr n/a n/a n/a 0


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