* Nvidia rally pushes Nasdaq to record-high close
* Walt Disney drops after results, weighs on Dow
* Allergan falls after reporting quarterly loss
* Indexes end: Dow -0.16 pct, S&P +0.11 pct, Nasdaq +0.14
(Updates to close)
By Noel Randewich
May 10 U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday as
investors digested President Donald Trump's abrupt dismissal of
his FBI chief as well as corporate earnings from Walt Disney and
The Dow Jones industrial average lost ground, while the
Nasdaq closed at a record high.
Trump said he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director
James Comey over his handling of an email scandal involving
then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
However, Comey had also been leading an investigation into
whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia.
Wall Street viewed the turmoil in Washington as the latest
of several distractions from Trump's promises to cut taxes and
boost spending on infrastructure. The stock market has surged to
record highs under Trump due to expectations he will stimulate
the economy and boost corporate earnings.
"This certainly is not reducing that contentious
environment," said Eric Wiegand, a New York-based senior
portfolio manager at the Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank.
"The focal point for investors is tax reform."
With first-quarter earnings season nearly over, investors
were looking toward April retail sales data, due out on Friday,
for new clues about the economy's health.
"A lot of us have Q2 significantly stronger. Economic data
really needs to show they can support our forecasts," said Paul
Christopher, head global market strategist for Wells Fargo
Investment Institute in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.16 percent to
end at 20,943.11 while the S&P 500 gained 0.11 percent to
The Nasdaq Composite added 0.14 percent to reach a
record high close 6,129.14.
After the bell, Snap slumped 18 percent as the
Snapchat-owner's first quarterly report disappointed investors.
Eight of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors rose during the
session, with energy jumping 1.06 percent, helped by a
3.5-percent jump in oil prices . Consumer
discretionary lost 0.28 percent and industrials
dropped 0.39 percent.
Fueling the Nasdaq's record high, Nvidia surged
17.83 percent after the chipmaker reported a
better-than-expected jump in quarterly revenue. Shares of rival
AMD rose 5.99 percent.
Disney fell 2.15 percent and was the strongest drag
on the Dow after the media company reported lower-than-expected
quarterly revenue and a decline in the number of ESPN
Allergan dropped 3.69 percent after the Botox-maker
posted a quarterly loss as it took a writedown on the value of
its stake in Teva Pharmaceutical.
Priceline tumbled 4.54 percent after the travel
website operator forecast current-quarter earnings below
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
1.89-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.26-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 29 new 52-week highs and two new lows;
the Nasdaq Composite recorded 131 new highs and 68 new lows.
About 6.7 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, in
line with the daily average over the last 20 sessions.
(Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru,
and Rodrigo Campos and Sinead Carew in New York; Editing by