US stocks : Dow off 0.5 pct

Nov 09 2012, 02:41 IST
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SummaryThe Dow Jones industrial average was down 66.91 points at 12,865.82.

trade deficit narrowed in September as exports rose while jobless claims dropped, although last week's damaging storm along the U.S. East Coast distorted the data.

Qualcomm Inc was a bright spot, up 6 percent at $61.61 as the biggest boost to both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 after the leading supplier of chips for cell phones reported quarterly revenue Wednesday that beat expectations.

Whole Foods Market Inc reported earnings that met expectations, but said Hurricane Sandy was a drag on sales this quarter. Its shares slid 5 percent to $91.17.

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