Consumer Discretionary Stocks Outpace Staples

Consumer stocks still were mostly on positive ground this afternoon, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 gaining about 0.1%, reversing an earlier decline, while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 increased nearly 0.4%.

In company news, Toyota Motor Corp (TM) declined Tuesday after the automaker reportedly issued a voluntary recall of 18,757 Lexus vehicles sold in Russia because of a possible fault in their braking systems.

The recall affects NX 200, NX 200t and NX 300h models sold after Sept. 11 2014, according to a Reuters report, citing a statement by the Rosstandart Russian standards agency. TM shares were down about 1.2% at $119.40 apiece, easing from an earlier rise to an intra-day high of $119.96 a share.