U.S. stocks on Wednesday opened firmly lower, with weak results from Boeing Co. /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA -0.17% and Caterpillar Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite CAT +0.21% , weighing on the Dow and the broader market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.40% declined 140 points , or 0.5%, to reach 27,205, the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.47% slipped 0.3% to 2,997, while the Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.87% retreated 0.3% to hit 8,230. Aerospace giant Boeing Co. swung to a loss in the second quarter, while Caterpillar, the manufacturing and construction-equipment giant produced weaker-than-expected results. Both companies are constituents of the Dow. ahead to renewed trade talks between the U.S. and China next week. Shares of Boeing and Caterpillar were shaving a combined 55 points from the Dow. In other news, regulators said they were increasing pressure on Facebook Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB -0.14% and Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +1.45% , which may put the tech and social-media giants at risk of antitrust actions. Early Wednesday, Facebook shares fell after the it formally announced a $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for deceiving users about its privacy practices. Facebook is due to report second-quarter earnings after the close of trade Wednesday.
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S&P 500, Nasdaq stock indexes close at record but Dow grounded by Boeing