Major U.S. stock-indexes are little changed on Tuesday, following three straight sessions of losses, on growing speculation that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as soon as September. Concerns about a rate hike pushed the blue-chip Dow index slipped into negative territory for 2015 on Monday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq touched their lowest levels in over a month. Data on Monday showed U.S. small business confidence rose to a five-month high in May, with owners expecting a solid improvement in profits, which bodes well for the economy's prospects in the months ahead.
Most of Dow stocks in positive area (20 of 30). Top looser - Apple Inc. (AAPL, -1.20%). Top gainer - Caterpillar Inc. (CAT, 1.08%).
S&P index sectors mixed. Top gainer - Basic materials ( 0,4%). Top looser - Conglomerates (-0.5%).
At the moment:
Dow 17766.00 -2.00 -0.01%
S&P 500 2078.75 0.50 0.02%
Nasdaq 100 4417.00 -15.25 -0.34%
10-year yield 2.44% 0.05
Oil 59.90 1.76 3.03%
Gold 1176.10 2.50 0.21%