Stocks end lower amid wave of earnings

U.S. stocks slipped amid another busy day for corporate earnings, which featured mixed results from industrial heavyweights Caterpillar and Boeing.

The S&P 500 (^GSPC) fell 0.22%, or 6.43 points, as of market close. The Dow (^DJI) fell 0.22%, or 59.34 points, while the Nasdaq (^IXIC) edged down 0.23%, or 18.81 points.

On Tuesday, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted record closing highs, while the Dow came within 1% of an all-time record close, on the heels of stronger-than-expected results from consumer and tech names including Coca-Cola (KO) and Twitter (TWTR).

Wednesday morning, quarterly results from Boeing and Caterpillar took centerstage, with a more than 3% decline in the latter’s stock weighing on the Dow. After the closing bell, tech names including Microsoft (MSFT), Facebook (FB), PayPay (PYPL) and Tesla (TSLA) report results.

Industrial earnings

Boeing (BA) Wednesday morning missed consensus estimates for quarterly earnings and said it would be placing a halt on issuing new guidance. Core earnings per share totaled $3.16 for the quarter, missing consensus estimates by 9 cents, while revenues of $22.9 billion were in-line with expectations. This comes in the wake of two deadly crashes involving the company’s 737 Max-8 aircraft, which spurred individual airlines and governments across the globe to ground the planes as ongoing investigations into the causes of the crashes take place.

The Chicago, Illinois–based company said Wednesday that its previously issued 2019 guidance “does not reflect 737 Max impacts.” In January, Boeing issued guidance stating that it anticipated revenues of between $109.5 to $111.5 billion for the full-year 2019, along with core earnings per share of between $19.90 and $20.10 per share.

Shares wavered in early trading and ended slightly higher as investors considered solid results in the company’s closely watched defense, space and security segment, which rose 2% in the first quarter.

The logo for Boeing appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. President Donald Trump says the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian Airliner. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Meanwhile, peer industrial company Caterpillar (CAT) raised its 2019 earnings outlook on Wednesday to between $12.06 to $13.06 in account of a first-quarter tax benefit. The company previously saw earnings of between $11.75 and $12.75 per share for the full fiscal year.

Caterpillar’s adjusted earnings per share in the first quarter topped consensus estimates, coming in at $2.94, versus $2.86 expected. Quarterly revenue of $13.5 billion exceeded expectations of $13.4 billion, and rose 5% over last year. Caterpillar said this increase was “primarily due to higher sales volume driven by improved demand for both equipment and services,” led by an 18% revenue increase in its resource industries segment, which includes its mining business.

Operating profit of $2.207 billion grew 4.7% from last year, however, Caterpillar noted that gains were capped due to cost pressures in labor, freight expenses and “material costs, including tariffs.”

Shares of Caterpillar wavered in early trading before falling 3% to $137.68 as of market close.

Emily McCormick is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @emily_mcck

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