Stocks Close Mixed as Dow Hits 2007 High
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Major U.S. stock averages were mixed Tuesday as Pfizer(PFE) shares popped on the drugmaker's quarterly report and Apple(AAPL) jumped following a product announcement. Data released Tuesday showed continued improvement in the housing market.
The Nasdaq slumped as the technology sector edged lower as analysts dissected a number of tech earnings releases, including those from Yahoo!(YHOO) and Seagate(STX) . The index tried to claw higher, paring losses amid Apple's gains.
Earlier Tuesday, Ford(F) provided a downbeat outlook for its European operations and has been seeing its shares sell off.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 72 points, or 0.5%, to 13,954 for its highest close since October 2007.
Pfizer posted fourth-quarter earnings of 47 cents a share on revenue of $15.1 billion, surpassing the average analyst estimate of 44 cents a share on revenue of $14.4 billion, as emerging market sales strengthened. Shares added 3.1%.
The S&P 500 was up 8 points, or 0.5%, to 1,508. The Nasdaq lost less than a point to 3,153.66, but pared earlier losses. Apple shares gained 1.9% as the tech giant announced a fourth-generation iPad with 128 gigabytes of storage and a so-called retina display.
Most sectors in the broad market traded higher, led by energy, health care, consumer non-cyclicals and basic materials. The only sector that traded lower was consumer cyclicals.
Volumes totaled 3.93 billion shares on the New York Stock Exchange and 2.04 billion shares on the Nasdaq. Advancers edged decliners by a ratio of 1.4-to-1 on the Big Board and 1.2-to-1 on the Nasdaq.
Ted Weisberg, president of Seaport Securities, said stocks have performed much better than many investors had expected. That said, he noted that last January was also a good month, and the market fizzled after the first quarter.