Earnings reports boost US stock indexes | Business

Earnings reports boost US stock indexes | Business

The major U.S. stock indexes finished mostly higher Tuesday as investors welcomed strong corporate earnings reports from Google parent Alphabet and other companies.

Gains by technology companies and health care stocks outweighed losses in consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and other sectors.

Smaller-company stocks, which have been beating the rest of the market this year, turned sharply lower as investors weighed the implications of the Trump administration’s decision to send billions in emergency aid to farmers hurting from tariffs stemming from the U.S. trade dispute with China.

Tariffs also weighed on Whirlpool’s latest quarterly results, giving the appliance maker its worst day in more than 30 years.

“Investors are focused on the good news on earnings and the economy, but they’re still a bit cautious when it comes to the market moving higher, and that’s because of all the news flow on geopolitical events and tariffs,” said Jeff Kravetz, regional investment strategist at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management.

The S&P 500 index rose 13.42 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,820.40. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 197.65 points, or 0.8 percent, to 25,241.94. The Nasdaq composite lost 1.11 points to 7,840.77. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks had its worst day in a month, sliding 18.22 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,680.20.

More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500, the market’s benchmark index, is on a three-week winning streak.

Alphabet gained 3.9 percent to $1,258.15 after the company reported second-quarter earnings late Monday that topped Wall Street’s expectations, even as it booked a $5.1 billion charge to cover a fine levied by European regulators.

This is the busiest week for the second-quarter earnings season, with roughly a third of companies in the S&P 500 scheduled to report, including Amazon, Facebook, Boeing and Ford.

Of the 17.4 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 that had issued quarterly results as of Monday, some 71 percent reported earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ forecasts, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

That’s reinforced the underlying perception in the financial markets that the U.S. economy is performing strongly and that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again next month.

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