December 26, 2017 / 5:45 PM / a year ago

US STOCKS-Wall St lower as iPhone X concerns hit Apple shares

* Apple down on report of tepid iPhone X demand

* Oil jumps after Libyan pipeline blast

* Bitcoin recovers from last week’s brutal selloff

* Indexes down: Dow 0.08 pct, S&P 0.09 pct, Nasdaq 0.37 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

By Sruthi Shankar

Dec 26 (Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes came under pressure on Tuesday following a 2.5 percent drop in Apple’s shares on a report of weak iPhone X demand.

Apple will slash its sales forecast for its flagship phone in the current quarter to 30 million units, down from what it said was an initial plan of 50 million units, Taiwan’s Economic Daily reported, citing unidentified sources.

That, along with a few bearish brokerage calls on iPhone X demand, put its shares on track for their worst single-day percentage fall since Aug. 10.

Shares of companies that supply parts to Apple, including Broadcom, Skyworks Solutions, Finisar and Lumentum Holdings, fell between 2 percent and 5.5 percent.

The S&P technology index fell 0.7 percent, the biggest loser among the 11 major S&P 500 sectors. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 0.37 percent to 6,934.14 as high-flying names such as Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet and Netflix declined.

“It looks to me that technology sector, already paying the lowest in taxes of around 24 percent, will not get as much of an impact as the financial sector, which pays the highest,” said Sandy Villere, portfolio manager of the Villere Balanced Fund

“Maybe that rotation has begun and the FANGS may see some profit-taking into next year.”

A long-promised Republican bill to cut corporate tax rates to 21 percent from 35 percent was ratified last week.

At 12:26 p.m. ET (1726 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.08 percent to 24,734.98 and the S&P 500 slipped 0.09 percent to 2,680.88.

Most markets around the world, including parts of Europe and Asia, were shut on Tuesday. Trading volumes are also expected to be light in the holiday week.

Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent, helped by an explosion on a crude pipeline in Libya and voluntary OPEC-led supply cuts.

Chevron, EOG Resources, Exxon and ConocoPhillips rose between 0.8 percent and 2.5 percent.

Shares of department store operators Kohl’s, JC Penney and Macy’s got a boost after a report that retail sales in the holiday period rose at their best pace since 2011.

Sucampo Pharma surged 6 percent after Mallinckrodt said it would acquire the drugmaker for $1.2 billion. Mallinckrodt shares rose 2 percent.

Bitcoin traded up more than 14 percent at $15,865, recovering from last week’s selloff that saw the cryptocurrency plunge about 30 percent.

Related stocks such as Riot Blockchain, and Longfin Corp rose between 3 percent and 37 percent.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,702 to 1,117. On the Nasdaq, 1,463 issues fell and 1,386 advanced. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

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