June 19, 2014 -- 4:15 p.m. ET - 06/19/14
Stocks finished little changed on Thursday. The Dow rose 12 points to 16918. The S&P 500 gained 2 points to an all-time high of 1959. The NASDAQ fell 4 points to 4359.The major averages ended a choppy session mixed as investors weighed todays economic data releases. Before the open, weekly jobless claims fell 6,000 to 312,000,slightly better than the 313,000 consensus estimate. A separate release revealed activity in the Feds Philadelphia region unexpectedly expanded at a faster pace in June. The index of leading indicators rose 0.5% in May versus expectations to increase 0.6%.On the earnings front, Kroger climbed 5.1% to $49.66 after quarterly results beat analyst projections and the company increased its full-year forecast. Blackberryjumped 9.7% to $9.09 as the smartphone maker posted a narrower-than-expected loss. Shares of Coach slumped 8.9% to $35.69 after providing a reduced sales outlook for its North American stores. The defensive utility and consumer staples sectors were the best performing in S&P 500 today. Dominion Resources climbed 1.5% to $71.00. Shares of Philip Morris Internationalgained 1.6% to $91.34. Financials and materials were down the most on the session. JP Morgan declined 0.8% to $57.30. Dow Chemical was 0.9% lower at $52.07. Breadth was positive on the NYSE by 4-3 on both issues and volume. NYSE Composite volume totaled 2.9 billion shares. The NASDAQ was 6-5 negative on issues and evenon volume. Treasuries retreated with the benchmark note falling 12/32 to yield 2.63%. This information is obtained from sources and data considered to be reliable, but its accuracy and completeness is not guaranteed by Wells Fargo Advisors.Wells FargoAdvisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Members SIPC, non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company.