USA stocks open higher on strong corporate earnings

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The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 26,000 for the first time.

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF has a fifty-two week low of $196.69 and a fifty-two week high of $257.97.

The Nasdaq fell 37.38 (-0.51 percent) to close at 7,223.69, while the S&P 500 finished trading at 2,776.42, down 9.82 (-0.35 percent) for the day.

The Nasdaq added 35 points, or 0.5 percent, to 7,296. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 16 points, or 1 percent, to 1,575.

Energizer Holdings surged 15.6 percent after the company said it will acquire the battery and lighting assets of Spectrum Brands, which includes the Varta and Rayovac battery brands.

Viacom fell 5.4 percent after sources told Reuters CBS Corp and the company were not in active merger discussions.

United States crude -West Texas Intermediate - is down 0.28% to US$64.12 a barrel, while the gold price is down 0.04% to US$1,334.40 an ounce.

Amazon rose more than 2%, extending gains from last week when data showed USA holiday spending surged to 12-year high, prompting price target hikes.

General Motors rose 2.7% after the company said it expected earnings in 2018 to be largely flat, compared with 2017, but that profits should pick up pace in 2019. Range Resources was down 65 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $16.93.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 110.30 yen from 111.09 yen on Friday.

Supporting the blue-chip index, UnitedHealth Group rose 4.26, or 1.9%, to 232.90 after the health insurer beat analyst estimates and raised its guidance.

Bitcoin futures on the Cboe Futures Exchange were down 12.1 percent to $12,130. The price of the digital currency, which soared previous year after starting 2017 under $1,000, has been hurt amid signs of potentially increased scrutiny from governments. South Korea's top financial policymaker said Tuesday that banning trading in digital currencies was an option, adding such a move still needed to be reviewed by government ministries.

BP slid 2.9 per cent after the energy company said it would take a charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth-quarter results as part of the settlement of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Copper was little changed at $3.22 a pound.

"You'd typically see and expect the markets to interpret that in a positive manner, but a lot of indices have moved back". London's FTSE 100 shed 0.3 percent. Cadinha & Co. LLC lifted its stake in shares of SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF by 4,964.0% in the 3rd quarter.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed 1.8% higher, hitting a fresh record. Seoul's Kospi rose 0.7 percent.

India's Sensex was unchanged, while markets in New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia gained.