Investors Await Trade Data, Indexes Cautious

The S&P 500 edged up Tuesday as investors assessed the health of the consumer following weak retail sales data.

The Dow Jones Industrials gained 11.99 points to 38,790.09.

The much-broader index gained 8.71 points to 5,481.94.

The NASDAQ dipped 10.21 points, to 17,846.81.

Nvidia continued its march toward record-setting highs, gaining about 1%. Some semiconductor stocks rose in sympathy, with Qualcomm and Taiwan Semiconductor last up at least 3% each. Micron Technology gained 6%.

Retail sales rose 0.1% in May, versus the 0.2% growth forecast by economists polled by Dow Jones. Sales rose 2.3% on a year-over-year basis.

Prices for the 10-year Treasury strengthened, lowering yields to 4.25% from Monday’s 4.28%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices gained 90 cents to $81.23 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices rose $11.70 to $2,340.70