S&P 500 dips as energy shares fall, but financials bounce

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Monday following a drop in oil prices that weighed on energy shares and offset a jump in financials as Bank of America’s results reinforced expectations of a strong U.S. earnings season.

  • FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
  • The S&P energy sector .SPNY fell 1.2 percent, leading percentage declines among the 11 major S&P sectors. Shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) slid 1.0 percent and Chevron (CVX.N) fell 0.9 percent. The stocks were among the biggest drags on the benchmark index, along with Microsoft (MSFT.O), down 0.5 percent.

    Oil prices slumped more than 4 percent as Libyan ports reopened and traders eyed potential supply increases by Russia and other producers.

    Bank stocks rose, reversing their slide on Friday, when JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N), Citigroup (C.N) and Well Fargo (WFC.N) reported results. The S&P 500 financial index .SPSY gained 1.8 percent, leading sector gains.

    Bank of America (BAC.N) rose 4.3 percent after the lender’s quarterly profit beat analysts’ expectations on lower expenses and growth in loans and deposits. Goldman Sachs (GS.N) shares were up 2.2 percent ahead of its results, due Tuesday.

    That wasn’t enough to extend recent gains in the S&P 500, which on Friday had its highest close in more than five months.

    Investors may be reluctant to make big trades ahead of the pickup in earnings reports this week and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s first congressional testimony Tuesday and Wednesday, said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago.

    “We’re taking a bit of a break after a good run last week,” he said.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 44.95 points, or 0.18 percent, to 25,064.36, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 2.88 points, or 0.10 percent, to 2,798.43 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 20.26 points, or 0.26 percent, to 7,805.72.

    After the bell Monday, Netflix (NFLX.O) shares were down more than 12 percent after it reported results. The stock ended the regular session up 1.2 percent ahead of its earnings report due after the market’s close.

    Sixty S&P 500 companies were due to report this week.

    Analysts have forecast second-quarter earnings increased 21.1 percent from a year ago according to Thomson Reuters data.

    Of the companies that have reported earnings through last week, 86.7 percent have topped earnings expectations, above the 75-percent average of the past four quarters.

    The S&P 500 retail index .SPXRT was up 0.3 percent. U.S. retail sales increased a strong 0.5 percent in June, Commerce Department data showed, indicating consumer spending accelerated in the second quarter.

    Among stocks, shares of Arconic (ARNC.N) jumped 10.5 percent on a report that the maker of aluminum parts used in planes, cars and buildings is the subject of takeover interest from private-equity firms.

    Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) edged up 0.5 percent as its ‘Prime Day’ shopping event kicked off.

    Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.05-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.55-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

    The S&P 500 posted 16 new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 59 new highs and 65 new lows.

    Trading volume was light, with about 5.4 billion shares changing hands on U.S. exchanges. That compares with the 6.6 billion daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.

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