Stocks – Dow Sidesteps Tech Weakness as Financials, Energy Rally

© Reuters. The Dow closed higher on Monday – The Dow closed higher Monday as energy and financials offset losses in tech led by Apple.

The rose 0.76%, the rose 0.54%, while the fell 0.38%.

Energy stocks powered the broader market higher, led by a rally in Chevron Corp (NYSE:) as analysts said the company was on track to deliver strong growth.

“Chevron, which saw its output in the Permian basin grow by about 80% to more than 330,000 barrels of oil and gas a day, appears likely to raise its production guidance for growth early next year,” said Piper Jaffray’s Simmons & Co. The company’s output, excluding asset sales, is on track to be at the upper end of its 4% to 7% growth expectations, Simmons added.

The rally in energy arrived even as U.S. oil prices gave up their intraday gains to settle lower after the US granted waivers to several Iranian crude customers as sanctions on Iran .

Financials also extended the rally on the back of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE:) strong 5% rally in the wake of the conglomerate’s blowout quarterly results released over the weekend.

Tech, however, threatened to spoil the upbeat day on Wall Street, led by a slump in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) after Rosenblatt Securities downgraded Apple to neutral from a buy, owing to expectations of lower iPhone sales.

“Calendar fourth-quarter guidance reflects our cautious view on weaker than expected sell-through and production reductions for iPhone XS/XR,” Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said in a note.

The S&P 500 tech sector closed 0.18% lower, while the communication services sector, which includes Netflix, Facebook, Alphabet and telecom companies fell 0.32%.

Investor sentiment on stocks was also challenged by expectations that the U.S. mid-term elections on Tuesday, will result in divided Congress, with Democrats

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