Wall Street steady after record highs

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US markets closed flat after quarterly earnings from travel websites Tripadvisor and Priceline disappointed.

Those results weighed on the Nasdaq, but the Dow and the S&P 500 held steady after hitting record highs in the previous session.

The Dow Jones rose 8.8 points, or 0.04% to 23,557, while the broader S&P 500 slipped less than 1 point to 2,590.6.

The Nasdaq fell 18.66 points or 0.27% to 6,767.78.

A report that Canada's Brookfield Asset Management is looking to take private shopping mall property-owner GGP boosted property firm stocks.

Cruise lines also got a boost after Royal Caribbean Cruises said lower fuel costs helped to boost profits, which hit a record $752.8m in the quarter, up 9%.

The gain came despite more than $55m in losses stemming from disruption caused by the major hurricanes that struck in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean earlier this year.

Royal Caribbean shares increased by more than 3%. Optimism also lifted shares of rival cruise line Carnival Corp about 1%.

However, other travel companies did not fare so well.

Shares in Tripadvisor plunged nearly 19% a day after the booking and review website said hotel revenue had fallen 3% year-on-year, hurting profits.

Priceline also fell more than 13% after it said profit growth would be softer than in previous quarters.

The company said it faces tough year-on-year comparisons, but did not think there were broader structural reasons for the downshift.