United States stocks end flat to open heavy earnings week

The Aussie dollar just hit its highest level since April 2016

United States market is keeping a close eye on the quarterly earnings given the stock market's latest record run.

In Asia, share markets were mixed on Tuesday in morning session as the dollar dived on headlines related to USA health-care reforms.

Only five of the S&P 500's 11 sectors settled in positive territory, but one of those groups was the top-weighted tech space (+0.5%), highlighted by Apple's eight session winning streak and Facebook's new all-time high.

The Nasdaq is up 31.84 points, or 0.5 percent.

Last week, shares of JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup had taken a beating after their quarterly results and forecasts failed to excite investors.

At 11:04 a.m. ET (1504 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 98.46 points, or 0.46 percent, at 21,531.26, the S&P 500 was down 3.54 points, or 0.14 percent, at 2,455.60.




According to S&P Capital IQ, overall earnings are expected to grow by 6.2 percent in the second quarter. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 1.97 points, or 0.03 percent, to 6,314.43.

Procter & Gamble PG.N rose 0.5 percent to $87.55 as investor Nelson Peltz actively seeks a seat on P&G's board. Earnings in the first quarter rose by approximately 15 percent.

FedEx fell 1.6 percent after it disclosed that the financial impact associated with the June virus attack of its TNT Express unit will "likely" be material.

With no major data due out on Monday, market participants also kept an eye on the oil prices.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by 1,728 to 1,008.

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