U.S. stocks trade mixed as correction pondered
U.S. stocks traded mixed Thursday, with the
“People are waiting for that correction that just doesn’t seem to happen,” said Chip Cobb, senior vice president of Bryn Mawr Trust Management. Read David Callaway’s column on correction in the cards .
After climbing to 17-month highs early on, the Dow industrials (^DJI – News) was lately up 30.68 points, or 0.3%, at 10,764.35, with 15 of its 30 components trading higher, with gains led by
“This is just a very long recovery and businesses have gotten very good about being more efficient with less people,” said Cobb of the troubled labor market, who noted the positive but minor trend to the downside in the latest report from the Labor Department, which said its count of those filing for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to 457,000 last week.
Consumer prices held unchanged in February, with declining energy costs offsetting price hikes in medical care and food. See more about the consumer-price index .
The tentative stance of investors comes as many market experts play a waiting game of sorts, along with the
“If you look at inflation as a whole, it’s still well in check. We’re all waiting for inflation to pick up, we just don’t know when it will happen. We’re all waiting for interest rates to go up, but we don’t know when that will happen,” commented Cobb.
The dollar’s rise on Thursday proved part of the stock market’s undoing, as crude futures fell 73 cents to end at $82.20 a barrel as the commodity became more costly for holders of foreign currencies. Read Futures Movers .
For every two stocks on the rise, three fell on the
“One reason we don’t see a huge rise in the market going forward is the volume isn’t there,” said Paul Nolte, managing director at Dearborn Partners.
Noting trading volume has been heavier when stocks are falling, Nolte believes should equities start to correct more than the 5% to 10% already seen, “we could see everyone rush for the door at the same time.”
On Thursday, economic reports did little to sway investors one way or the other.
Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region improved for a seventh consecutive month, according to the
“The market needs to take a breather, but when you take a look at the underlying data that was out today, it’s not bad, but it’s not good enough to charge higher either,” according to Nolte.
Shares of FedEx were up 2.9%. See story detailing overnight-delivery profits .
Nike Inc. (NKE – News) stock also jumped, recently up 4.9%, after the athletic-shoe maker reported quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations. Read about results that highlighted strong demand