US stocks : Economic data bolsters shares, but Apple plunges, S&P crosses 1,500 after 2007
Apple Inc dropped 12 percent to $452.26 after the technology icon missed Wall Street's revenue forecast for a third straight quarter and threatened to topple it from its ranking as the most valuable U.S. company.
The strong downward push from Apple was partially offset by surprisingly strong economic signals. U.S. factory activity grew the most in nearly two years in January and the number of new claims for jobless benefits dropped to a five-year low last week.
A third report showed the Conference Board's Leading Economic Index rose last month, pointing to improved U.S. growth ahead.
"You have Apple and technology on the one side and the rest of the market on the other side," said Hugh Johnson, chief investment officer of Hugh Johnson Advisors LLC in Albany, New York.
Initial U.S. stock gains pushed the S&P 500 to rise above the 1,500 mark for the first time since Dec. 12, 2007 and put the benchmark index on pace for its seventh straight advance, its longest streak since October 2006.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 48.85 points, or 0.35 percent, at 13,828.18. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 0.18 points, or 0.01 percent, at 1,494.99. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 22.44 points, or 0.71 percent, at 3,131.23.
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