US stocks close lower amid economic data

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 07:19 hrs

New York, Nov 15 (IANS) US stocks ended lower as investors were digesting the latest economic data from the country.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday decreased 30.23 points, or 0.13 per cent, to 23,409.47, Xinhua news agency reported.

The S&P 500 erased 5.97 points, or 0.23 per cent, to 2,578.87. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 19.72 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 6,737.87.

The US Labor Department on Tuesday said its producer price index (PPI) for final demand increased 0.4 percent last month after a similar gain in September, driven by a surge in the cost of services.

In the 12 months through October, the PPI jumped 2.8 per cent, which was the largest increase since February 2012 and also beat market expectations. The PPI rose 2.6 per cent year-on-year in September.

Meanwhile, traders kept an eye on the latest developments of US multinational General Electric (GE).

Shares of GE slumped 5.91 per cent on Tuesday to its lowest level since 2011, after the company unveiled a massive restructuring plan and slashed its dividend by 50 per cent at an investor meeting on Monday.



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