Wall St ends near flat, but financials climb with yields
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* Trump wants tariffs on $200 billion more in China goods
* Indexes: Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P up 0.03 pct, Nasdaq down 0.1
* Financials gain; 10-year Treasury yields earlier top 3 pct
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By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, Sept 14 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended little
changed on Friday as financials rose with bond yields, while
news that President Donald Trump instructed aides to proceed
with tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese products limited
The S&P financial index was up 0.7 percent, leading
percentage gains among sectors. Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields
rose above 3 percent earlier in the day but were
last off those levels.
At the same time, the rate-sensitive S&P utilities index
fell 0.5 percent.
A source familiar with the White House decision also said
the timing for activating the additional tariffs was unclear.
The move came despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's
attempts to restart talks with Beijing.
"There are a lot of headlines that have come out, people
have been pretty active all week, and it's Friday afternoon. You
don't really want to add additional risk when you don't know
what news might hit over the weekend," said Michael O’Rourke,
chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich,
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 8.68 points, or
0.03 percent, to 26,154.67, the S&P 500 gained 0.83
point, or 0.03 percent, to 2,905.01 and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 3.67 points, or 0.05 percent, to 8,010.04.
For the week, the Dow was up 0.9 percent, the S&P 500 was up
1.2 percent and the Nasdaq rose 1.4 percent.
Also weighing on utilities was NiSource, which
tumbled 11.7 percent after fire investigators said they
suspected a unit of the company, Columbia Gas, was linked to a
series of gas explosions in Boston suburbs on Thursday.
Shares of insurer Travelers were up 0.9 percent as
analysts cut loss estimates from Hurricane Florence as the storm
Walmart lost 0.6 percent after Goldman Sachs raised
questions around the purchase of a majority stake in India's
Adobe Systems rose 2.3 percent, a day after the
company topped quarterly revenue and profit expectations.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
1.04-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.12-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 51 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the
Nasdaq Composite recorded 118 new highs and 68 new lows.
About 6.2 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges.
That compares with the 6.1 billion daily average for the past 20
trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.
(Additional reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing
by Susan Thomas and James Dalgleish)
First Published: 2018-09-14 13:52:11
Updated 2018-09-14 22:29:23
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