The major averages ended lower, albeit off of their session lows. Ken Meyers has your stock market report on the Acadiana Business Index.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 40 points to 13,553, the S&P 500 fell 5 points to 1461, and the NASDAQ ended in the red by 5 points to 3179.
  • Stocks moved lower from the opening bell as investors took a breather from the recent Federal Reserve-induced rally.
  • Economic data was also a factor in the session after manufacturing in the New York region contracted more than anticipated.
  • Seven of the 10 sectors on the S&P ended lower, led by losses in material stocks.
  • Steel producers paced the decline with U.S. Steel falling $1.04 to $21.31 and AK Steel giving up 34 cents to $5.53 after both companies received an analyst rating downgrade.
  • Energy stocks were also under pressure after crude oil suddenly fell $2.99 to $96.01 per barrel on speculation of a strategic reserve release. Shares of Exxon fell 39 cents to $91.91 and Transocean shed 79 cents to $45.79.
  • In other news, Apple advanced $8.50 to $699.78 after the company reported record setting sales over the weekend on its new iPhone 5.
  • Composite volume on the NYSE was 3.2 billion shares with declining issues besting advancers by a margin of 2-1. The NASDAQ was 8-5 negative on issues.
  • Turning to fixed income, treasuries are higher along the curve with the benchmark 10-year note up 13/32 to yield 1.84%.

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