U.S. stocks are little changed after payroll survey


Specialist Brian Egan, foreground left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Stocks are little changed in early trading, a day after setting a record high, as traders were unimpressed by a slight increase in hiring at private companies last month.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)


NEW YORK — Stocks are little changed in midday trading, a day after surging to a record high, as a report of modest hiring gains at U.S. businesses in January failed to excite investors.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 was flat at 1,873 as of noon today. The index closed at an all-time high the day before as tensions eased in Ukraine.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 33 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,361. The Nasdaq composite edged up a point to 4,353.

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Brown-Forman rose 5 percent after the company reported better sales of its flagship Jack Daniel’s brand and other liquors.

Payroll processor ADP said U.S. businesses added 139,000 jobs last month, up slightly from 127,000 in January, however January’s figure was revised sharply lower from ADP’s earlier estimate.