NEW YORK: Shares of retailers bounced early Tuesday on positive sentiment about the holiday shopping season, while Apple fell following a report of weak demand for its new smartphone.
Department stores Macy’s and Kohl’s both jumped more than three percent, while Target rose 1.2 percent on indications that the early strength in the holiday shopping season persisted through Christmas.
About 15 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up slightly at 24,757.10.
The broad-based S&P 500 dipped 0.1 percent to 2,680.57, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.6 percent to 6,921.04.
Analysts were anticipating a quiet period of trading after markets were closed Monday. Several international bourses were also closed on Tuesday for “Boxing Day.”
Key data releases this week include the Conference Board’s report on consumer confidence for December.
Home prices in the 20 biggest cities rose 0.2 percent in October from the prior month, according to the S&P Case-Shiller index.