U.S. stocks fluctuated, after benchmark gauges closed at all-time highs, as gains among retailers on corporate earnings offset declines in Hewlett-Packard Co. and Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Dollar Tree Inc. and TJX Cos. added more than 3 percent to pace gains among retailers. Hewlett-Packard tumbled 9.5 percent after saying earnings will be hurt by the rising dollar. Chesapeake Energy lost 9.7 percent as earnings fell short of analysts™ projections.
The Standard & Poor™s 500 Index rose less than 0.1 percent to 2,115.91 at 12:14 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 15.71 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,224.90. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.1 percent after a 10-day rally brought the gauge to within 1.6 percent of its 2000 record.
The S&P 500 rose last week as minutes from the central bank™s latest meeting showed some policy makers argued for keeping rates low for longer amid risks facing the economy.