Dow, S&P edge up on trade talk news
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* Apple shares lower; unveils larger iPhones
* Chip shares autumn; Goldman warns on lower prices for memory chips
* Indexes: Dow up 0.1 pct; S&P up 0.04 pct, Nasdaq down 0.2 pct
The Dow and S&P 500 have ended slightly higher after news of a fresh round of US-China trade talks, while the Nasdaq fell following a decline in Apple as it unveiled larger iPhones but made just minor changes to its offerings.
The Trump administration has reached out to China for a new round of trade talks as it prepares to activate punitive US tariffs on $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Trade-sensitive stocks rose, including Boeing, up 2.4 per cent.
Apple shares were down 1.2 per cent. The company also unveiled health-oriented watches based on the design of current models.
"Looks like the Street is yawning at Apple's new iWatch, iOs12 and iPhone offerings," said Daniel Morgan, vice president and senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company in Atlanta on Wednesday. "This adds to the concerns on tariffs, social media testimony and chips to make it a tough day for tech."
Shares of fitness device rival Fitbit fell 6.9 while shares of Garmin lost some earlier gains and were flat after the launch of Apple's latest Apple Watch.
The S&P technology index was down 0.5 per cent, reversing Tuesday's gains, with fears of further deregulation also hurting Apple as well as social media names.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday rose 27.86 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 25,998.92, the S&P 500 gained 1.03 points, or 0.04 per cent, to 2,888.92 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 18.25 points, or 0.23 per cent, to 7,954.23.
Six major web and internet service companies, including Apple, are to detail their consumer data privacy practices to a US Senate panel on September 26, raising the spectre of the possibility of stricter regulation.
Among the six companies to testify later this month, Twitter shares were down 3.7 per cent, while Alphabet was down 1.5 per cent.
Facebook, not among the companies to testify, was down 2.4 per cent.
The Philadelphia Semiconductor index was down 1.2 per cent after Goldman Sachs became the latest brokerage to warn of lower prices for memory chips due to an oversupply of DRAM and NAND chips. Micron slid 4.3 per cent, while Applied Materials was down 2 per cent.
Financial shares lost ground with 10-year bond yields. The S&P financial index was down 0.9 per cent.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.35-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.12-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
The S&P 500 posted 31 new 52-week highs and 6 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 81 new highs and 89 new lows.
About 7.1 billion shares changed hands on US exchanges. That compares with the 6.2 billion daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.
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