USA stock indexes mixed in afternoon trading; oil rebounds

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02 April, 2017

Economic data may continue to attract attention on Friday, with traders likely to keep an eye on reports on personal income and spending, consumer sentiment, and Chicago-area business activity. Real estate companies led the gainers.

For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 20663.22 for a loss of -65.27 points or -0.31%.

The S&P 500 Information Technology Sector has gained almost 12.5% since January, making it the best-performing sector over the past three months.

At 11:327 a.m ET, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 11.48 points, or 0.07 per cent, to 15,567.28. The Nasdaq was coming off its latest all-time high. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3 points, or 2 per cent, to 2,364.

The Dow Jones closed up 69 at 20,728, while the S&P500 added nearly seven points to stand at 2,368.

The Nasdaq Composite, up 10 of the past 12 sessions, set a record closing high.

Economic data earlier in the day showed that the domestic economy grew at a faster pace in the fourth quarter than previously estimated.

-Yields on 10-year Treasuries climbed four basis points to 2.42 percent.

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But the rally may be near its peak, according to a Reuters poll of strategists, who forecast USA shares will gain less than 3 percent between now and year-end. Meanwhile, an inflation gauge closely watched by the Federal Reserve increased 2.1 per cent in February compared to a year ago, a five-year high.

Official stats earlier showed the U.S. economy, or GDP - the overall value of all goods and services produced by a country- rose at a 2.1% annualized pace in the fourth quarter, which was faster than the 1.9% rate - so it was an upwards revision.

Amazon.com was the top stock on the S&P and the Nasdaq, with a 0.5-per-cent gain.

ConocoPhillips COP.N rose 7.2 percent to $49.24 after the company said it agreed to sell oil sands and western Canadian natural gas assets to Cenovus Energy CVE.N . CarMax slid 79 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $59.27. AutoNation fell $1.33, or 3.1 per cent, to $42.16, the biggest decliner in the S&P 500. CIBC said it offered about US$4.9 billion in cash and stock, up from the earlier US$3.8 billion offer.

Yoga and athletic attire company Lululemon Athletica sank 23.4 per cent as it projected first-quarter sales and profits well below analyst expectations and said it experienced a "slow" start to 2017.

Also higher was Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX), the world's largest theme park operator, whose shares gained 1.25% to stand at $59.25 a pop.

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