U.S. stocks little changed at the end of trading on Monday


Moscow. 2 February. Us stock indices almost unchanged in Monday, investors evaluated the statistical data from China and the USA and corporate news, reports Bloomberg.

Chinese data once again pointed to the weakening of the economy. Manufacturing PMI calculated by the State statistical office of the PRC, fell in January to the lowest in three years to 49.4 points from 49.7 points in December. The indicator is in the negative (below 50 points) area for six months.

Such low PMI indicator is one of the largest oil consumers in the world and also news about increase in production in OPEC in January led to the decline in oil prices, which is also a negative factor for the stock market.

In addition, the index of business activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector (ISM Manufacturing) in January rose only slightly, to 48.2 points from 48 points the previous month. A value below 50, signaling contraction in the sector, recorded the fourth consecutive month, the worst since mid-2009.

“Weak statistical data from China and falling oil prices put pressure on stocks, said trader Luzerner Kantonalbank Benno Galliker. – I expect a positive start of February, but the market is still reeling. Investors ‘attention is focused on China, oil and corporate reporting”.

With the decline in oil prices has depreciated the paper of oil and gas companies. Quotes ExxonMobil dropped 2%.

Quotations of securities of Questar gas pipeline operator rose by 23%. Dominion Resources agreed to purchase it for $4.4 billion

The price of papers of the generating company Duke Energy rose by 2.3%. Lockheed Martin has signed a final contract to supply 30 MW of the electricity produced from solar panels.

Shares of Twitter jumped on Monday by 6.6% on rumors about a possible deal with the investment Fund Silver Lake Partners and investor mark Andressen.

Capitalization of food distributor Sysco Corp. jumped by 8.4%, up to a maximum of two months, on strong quarterly earnings reports.

The market value of the insurer Aetna rose by 1.4% on the back of strong quarterly reports. Net profit of the insurer in the fourth quarter of 2015 jumped 38%, but the adjusted figure exceeded the average market forecast.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average February 1 decreased by 17.12 points (0.1%) and amounted to 16449,18 item.

Standard & Poor’s 500 has decreased on 0,86 points (0,04%) – to 1939,38 item.

The Nasdaq Composite was up 6,41 points (0.14 per cent) and amounted to 4620,37 item.