Stocks Move To The Upside In Morning Trading

Following the mixed performance seen in the previous session, stocks are seeing modest strength in morning trading on Tuesday. With the upward move on the day, the Dow has reached a new record intraday high.

Currently, the major averages remain in positive territory. The Dow is up 74.08 points or 0.3 percent at 21,965.20, the Nasdaq is up 9.63 points or 0.2 percent at 6,357.75 and the S&P 500 is up 4.62 points or 0.2 percent at 2,474.92.

The strength on Wall Street comes as traders continue to react to the latest batch of earnings news, with most corporate results exceeding economist estimates.

On the U.S. economic front, a report released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday showed U.S. personal income unexpectedly came in unchanged in the month of June.

The report said personal income edged down by less than a tenth of a percent in June after rising by a revised 0.3 percent in May.

Economists had expected income to climb by 0.4 percent compared to the 0.4 percent increase originally reported for the previous month.

Meanwhile, the report said real spending, which is adjusted to remove price changes, was nearly unchanged in June after climbing by 0.2 percent in the previous month.

A separate report from the Institute for Supply Management showed a slowdown in the pace of growth in the manufacturing sector in the month of July.

The ISM said its purchasing managers index dropped to 56.3 in July from 57.8 in June, with a reading above 50 indicating growth in the manufacturing sector. Economists had expected the index to fall to 56.5.

Electronic storage stocks have shown a strong move to the upside, driving the NYSE Arca Disk Drive Index up by 1.6 percent.

Airline and telecom stocks are also seeing notable strength, while weakness is visible among biotechnology and trucking stocks.

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region moved mostly higher during trading on Tuesday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index rose by 0.3 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index advanced by 0.8 percent.

The major European markets have also moved to the upside on the day. While the German DAX Index has jumped by 1.2 percent, the U.K.’s FTSE 100 and the French CAC 40 Index are up by 0.8 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.

In the bond market, treasuries have turned higher after an initial move to the downside. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, is down by 2.6 basis points at 2.266 percent.

by RTT Staff Writer

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