The Standard & Poor's 500 Index declined on Wednesday following a four-day rally after Procter & Gamble slashed its outlook, though some positive earnings limited the decline optimism about economic growth.
The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 31 points, or 0.19%, to end at 15,964. The S&P 500 Index closed flat at 1,819. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 10 points, or 0.24%, to close at 4,201.
The Dow felt the pressure when Procter & Gamble declared lower full-year earnings and sales outlook due to the devaluation of currencies in various developing markets. Shares of P&G (PG.N) lost 1.7%.
Optimism the economy can weather further stimulus cuts after comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen limited the decline.
The Nasdaq gained for a fifth straight session after TripAdvisor Inc (TRIP.O) climbed 7.2% a day after the travel website company reported revenue that beat expectations.
In other earnings news, Owens Corning (OC.N) shares surged 8.7% after the building products maker reported adjusted fourth-quarter profits that more than tripled, driven by a rebound in the US housing market.
After the market closed, Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) shares fell 4.2% after the network equipment maker reported a decline in revenue, though the decline was less than expected.
Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM.O) shares lost 6.4% after the largest US natural and organic grocery chain cut its full-year sales and profit view.
NetApp Inc (NTAP.O) shares fell 3.7% in extended-hours trading following the company's release of quarterly results after the market closed.
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) was down 3.5% after UBS downgraded the stock of the world's largest online retailer to "neutral".
In Asia, shares declined on Thursday in late morning trade after the regional benchmark index climbed for a sixth day yesterday to cap its longest run of advances this year.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slipped 0.6% to 136 as of 11:25 a.m. in Tokyo after rising as much as 0.1%. Japan’s Topix index fell 0.8%. South Korea’s Kospi index swung between gains and losses. Taiwan’s Taiex index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index both lost 0.4%. China’s Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.3%.
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index slipped 0.1%, erasing gains of as much as 0.4%. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index fell 0.2%. Singapore’s Straits Times Index added 0.2%.