Stocks close mixed as regulators seek pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Stocks close mixed as regulators seek pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

4/14/2021 10:15:00 AM

Stocks close mixed as regulators seek pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended with indexes mixed Tuesday as a drop in bond yields hurt bank stocks but helped big technology companies.

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The S&P 500 rose 13.60 points to 4,141.59. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 68.13 points, or 0.2%, to 33,677.27. The Nasdaq gained 146.10 points, or 1.1%, to 13,996.10.The divergence between the Dow and Nasdaq was largely due to the fact that the Dow has more bank stocks and also includes Johnson & Johnson, whereas the Nasdaq is heavily weighted with technology companies.

AdvertisementSmall-company stocks also lost ground. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 4.86 points, or 0.2%, to 2,228.92.The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury fell to 1.62% from 1.67% the day before. JPMorgan Chase fell 1.2%, and Wells Fargo lost 2.4%. headtopics.com

Investors will get a chance to look over the books of the big banks starting Wednesday, when JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargoreport their quarterly results. Bank of America and Citigroup report their results Thursday.Big technology stocks, which have fallen when bond yields have risen, closed solidly higher. Apple rose 2.4%, and Microsoft gained 1%. Technology stocks rose sharply in 2020 as investors bet that stay-at-home Americans would shift even more to online buying and electronic entertainment to keep themselves busy in the pandemic.

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