U.S. stocks close mixed amid various data

Xinhua News Agency | Aug 15, 2019 at 9:25 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks closed mixed on Thursday, as Wall Street digested a batch of mixed data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 99.97 points, or 0.39 percent, to 25,579.39. The S&P 500 increased 7.00 points, or 0.25 percent, to 2,847.60. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 7.32 points, or 0.09 percent, to 7,766.62.

Shares of Walmart rose over 6.11 percent, after the U.S. retail corporation posted second-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street estimates. The retailer also raised its outlook for the full-year sales and earnings.

Seven of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors traded higher around market close with the consumer staples sector up over 1.5 percent, leading the gainers.

On the economic front, U.S. consumers' spending increased in July, as retail and food services sales rose 0.7 percent to 523.5 billion U.S. dollars, following an increase of 0.3 percent in June, said U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

Such gains were shown in various sectors last month, including online retail, grocery stores, clothing retail and electronics and appliance stores.

Business activity in New York State and the Philadelphia region both reported growth in August, according to the latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey and the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey released on Thursday.

U.S. initial jobless claims climbed more than expected last week, reaching 220,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week, said the Labor Department on Thursday.

However, U.S. industrial production declined 0.2 percent in July, the U.S. Federal Reserve reported Thursday. Manufacturing output also decreased 0.4 percent last month, with durables, nondurables, and other manufacturing (publishing and logging) all posting decreases.