By Todd White
U.S. stocks fought off a late-session swoon to close at fresh heights Tuesday, amid reports that the Federal Trade Commission is looking into acquisitions by some of the country’s biggest tech companies.
The S&P 500 Index faded from session highs after the FTC news, with Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. among the decliners. Health-care and consumer-discretionary shares led the day’s advancers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq 100 were little changed. Ten-year Treasury yields rose, while the dollar dropped for the first time in five sessions.
Investors have been more bullish lately despite the coronavirus outbreak, signaling some confidence that central banks could ease policy in the event growth slows down. In remarks to Congress Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, while positive about the American economic outlook, said the central bank is keeping a close eye on fallout from the epidemic, which continues to disrupt travel and trade.