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S&P 500 Closes at All-Time High        10/21 16:02

   A wobbly day of trading on Wall Street left major stock indexes mostly 
higher Thursday, nudging the S&P 500 to an all-time high.

   (AP) -- A wobbly day of trading on Wall Street left major stock indexes 
mostly higher Thursday, nudging the S&P 500 to an all-time high.

   The benchmark index bounced back from an early slide to rise 0.3%, its 
seventh straight gain. The S&P 500 eclipsed the record high it set on Sept. 2 
and is on pace for its third straight weekly gain.

   The Nasdaq also recovered from a sluggish start, adding 0.6%. The Dow Jones 
Industrial Average ended barely in the red for the day, weighed down by a steep 
drop in IBM. The blue-chip index is just below its all-time high set on Aug. 16.

   A mix of companies that rely on direct consumer spending led the gains. 
Tesla rose 3.3% after reporting encouraging third-quarter profits, despite 
parts shortages and shipping delays.

   Technology and health care stocks also helped lift the market. U.S. crude 
oil prices fell 1.1% and weighed down energy stocks. Devon Energy fell 3% and 
Schlumberger fell 1.3%.

   Financial companies also fell broadly. Capital One slid 4.4% and Discover 
Financial Services dropped 6.1%.

   The uneven finish came as investors continued to review the latest company 
earnings reports, with global supply chain problems and the impact from rising 
inflation a key focus. Many companies have warned that the supply chain issues 
and overall higher costs will hurt operations and Wall Street is trying to 
gauge just how much it will sting corporate profit growth and margins.

   Companies seem to be managing those higher costs and encouraging investors 
who had been uncertain in a very choppy market for weeks, said Sam Stovall, 
chief investment strategist at CFRA.

   "Investors were willing to rotate rather than retreat while they waited for 
better news to take bigger and longer-term positions," he said.

   Wall Street is also concerned that rising inflation will force more 
companies to raise prices on goods, which could result in lower consumer 
spending and a stalled economic recovery.

   The S&P 500 rose 13.59 points to 4,549.78. The Dow slipped 6.26 points, or 
less than 0.1%, to 35,603.08. The Nasdaq gained 94.02 points to 15,215.70.

   Smaller stocks edged higher. The Russell 2000 rose 6.42 points, or 0.3%, to 
2,296.18.

   Several carmakers and automotive products companies made gains following 
Tesla's latest earnings. Ford rose 3.2% and AutoZone rose 2.2%.

   IBM slumped 9.6%, the biggest decline in the S&P 500, after reporting 
quarterly revenue that fell shy of analysts' forecasts.

   WeWork rose 13.5% in its second attempt to become a publicly traded company. 
The company, which provides shared workspaces, had a spectacular collapse 
during its first attempt to do so two years ago and is emerging after the 
pandemic closed millions of square feet of office space.

   Shares in a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, that is planning 
on taking a new media company launched by former President Donald Trump public 
soared after news of the venture broke late Wednesday. Digital World 
Acquisition vaulted 356%. The company, which went public Sept. 8, has merged 
with Trump Media & Technology Group, which plans to launch a social media app 
and streaming video service.

   Bond yields moved higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.69% 
from 1.63% late Wednesday.

   European markets closed lower and Asian markets ended mixed.

   Outside of earnings, investors received an encouraging update on the labor 
market. The Labor Department reported that the number of Americans applying for 
unemployment benefits fell last week to a new low point since the pandemic 
erupted.

 
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