US STOCKS-Wall St pares gains sharply after Dow hits 22,000 mark

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US STOCKS-Wall St pares gains sharply after Dow hits 22,000 mark
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* Apple hits all-time high on strong results, iPhone sales

* 178,000 private jobs added in June vs. est. 185,000 - ADP

* Garmin, Humana (NYSE: HUM ) rise after strong quarterly reports

* Dow up 0.10 pct, S&P down 0.31 pct, Nasdaq down 0.58 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The Dow breached the 22,000 mark briefly in early trading on Wednesday, powered by Apple's stellar results, before stocks retreated sharply across sectors as investors locked in gains.

Apple AAPL.O jumped as much as 6.46 percent to a record high, after the world's largest publicly listed company reported strong results and iPhone sales, and signaled its upcoming 10th-anniversary phone is on schedule. The stock is up about 30 percent this year. S&P 500 information technology index .SPLRCT is up about 22 percent year to date, leading other sectors, as investors look for growth in an otherwise low-growth environment.

Microsoft MSFT.O and Facebook FB.O were among the top drags on both the S&P and the Nasdaq.

"Typically at those big round numbers the market seems to hesitate ... I'm looking at this as a situation where the underlying evidence as to why the stock market has responded well is the fertile climate for corporate profits which is likely to remain," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott.

The Dow has risen 11 percent in 2017, even as Wall Street is losing confidence that President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress would be able to cut taxes and increase infrastructure spending this year.

The Dow hit the 20,000 mark in late January and crossed the 21,000 mark in just over a month on March 1.

Two-thirds of S&P 500 companies have reported their second-quarter earnings so far and 72 percent of them have beaten Wall Street's expectations, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. In a typical quarter, 64 percent of the companies beat expectations.

At 11:00 a.m. ET (1500 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 21.52 points, or 0.1 percent, at 21,985.44, the S&P 500 .SPX was down 7.69 points, or 0.31 percent, at 2,468.66.

The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 36.63 points, or 0.58 percent, at 6,326.31.

Nine of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with the energy index's .SNY 0.98 percent loss leading the decliners.

Data showed U.S. private employers added 178,000 jobs in July, after adding 191,000 jobs in June. Economists polled by Reuters expected an addition of 185,000 jobs. The data comes ahead of the more comprehensive non-farm payrolls data on Friday.

Garmin GRMN.O rose 3.80 percent and Humana HUM.N 4.39 percent after posting strong corporate reports. Health CAH.N fell 8.53 percent after the drug distributor's 2018 profit forecast missed analysts' estimate. issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by 1,871 to 866. On the Nasdaq, 2,114 issues fell and 601 advanced.

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