Tuesday's Closing Bell: Ahead of iPhone Release, Stocks Close Higher
A day before Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) unveils the iPhone 5, the latest version of the wildly popular smartphone, U.S. equities closed modestly higher. The S&P 500 added almost 4.5 points, or 0.3 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite was little changed with a gain of half a point. By comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average impressed with a gain of half a percent to close near a five-year high.
Apple closed lower by 0.3 percent and is now down almost two percent in the last five sessions. Other high-flying tech names such as Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) also closed modestly lower on the session.
The luxury retail space was in focus after U.K-based Burberry (OTCBB: BURBY) issued a profit warning that triggered an 18.2 percent sell-off in the shares. Burberry's news weighed on U.S.-based luxury goods firms, as Coach (NYSE: COH), Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) and Tiffany (NYSE: TIF) all closed in the red.
In earnings news, shares of retailer Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE) slipped 3.6 percent after the company said its second-quarter loss widened to $64.2 million, or $3.41 per share, from $1.7 million, or 10 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue jumped 43% to $86.8 million. On an adjusted basis, the company earned 4 cents a share. Analysts expected a profit of a penny per share on revenue of $82.1 million.
Shares of Shuffle Master (NASDAQ: SHFL) fell 4.7 percent after the company posted a fiscal third-quarter profit of $10.4 million, or 18 cents per share, from $9.1 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue increased to $63.4 million from $58.3 million. Analysts expected a profit of 20 cents per share and $68.3 million in revenue.
In addition to the debut of the iPhone 5, Wednesday will bring a ruling from Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on the country's ability to approve the $640 billion European Stability Mechanism. The Federal Open Market Committee also commences a two-day meeting on Wednesday.
Oil futures rose for the fifth consecutive day and gold gained for the third of four days on speculation that the Fed will unveil another round of quantitative easing. That speculation plagued the U.S. dollar as the PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish (NYSE: UUP), an ETF that tracks the Dollar Index, fell by almost 0.8 percent on above average turnover.
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