* Valeant ups cash component of Allergan bid; shares fall
* S&P 500 tries for fifth straight day of gains
* Indexes off: Dow 0.2 pct, S&P 0.1 pct, Nasdaq 0.2 pct
(Updates to morning trading, adds comment, Vivus)
By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, May 28 U.S. stocks slipped, with
technicals in focus and scant key items on the U.S. economic
calendar, as the S&P 500 hit yet another intraday record in
early trading Wednesday.
Investors' appetite for equities has been supported by
recent strong U.S. economic data and expectations of monetary
easing by the European Central Bank, while the U.S. 10-year
yield touched its lowest since July, below 2.46
"We made a pretty decisive move above 1,900" on the S&P 500,
said Jim Paulsen, chief investment officer at Wells Capital
Management in Minneapolis.
"Economic momentum is clearly to the upside at the moment,
the surprise index is up and that's pretty powerful for stocks,"
he said, referring to Citi's Economic Surprise Index, which
measures how well data performs relative to forecasts. "We've
had a constant stream of better than expected data and the bond
market has remained supportive."
Dividend payers could get a bump among equities as downward
pressure continues on fixed income yields.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 37.83 points,
or 0.23 percent, to 16,637.67, the S&P 500 lost 1.89
points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,910.02 and the Nasdaq Composite
dropped 10.24 points, or 0.24 percent, to 4,226.83.
If the S&P 500 advances for a fifth straight day, it would
be its second-longest run this year. The index hit 1,913.62, a
fresh intraday record high, and remains in the 1,910 area seen
as technical resistance. Support kicks in at 1,900 and then at
the 14-day moving average, now near 1,889.
U.S.-traded shares of Canadian drugmaker Valeant
Pharmaceuticals fell 3.8 percent to $124.98 after it
raised the cash component of its offer for Botox-maker Allergan
, valuing the U.S. firm at $49.44 billion. Allergan fell
5.1 percent to $156.55.
Shares of Toll Brothers, the largest U.S. luxury
homebuilder, rose 1.2 percent to $36.07 after it reported that
its quarterly profit more than doubled as it sold more homes at
Among retailers, Michael Kors dipped 0.2 percent to
$95.56 after rising earlier in the day following a rosy
quarterly earnings report as sales of its handbags and watches
surged in North America.
But footwear retailer DSW lost more than a fourth of
its market value after missing estimates on both results and
forecasts. The stock fell 26.1 percent to $24.02.
Shares of obesity drug maker Vivus Inc rose 4.3
percent to $4.87 after shareholder Aspen Investment Fund said it
was planning to offer to buy the company for $640 million.
(Editing by Bernadette Baum)