"After an incredibly strong week, today's attention was back on individual company earnings reports, and overall, the price action was mixed," noted Schaeffer's Senior Equity Analyst Joe Bell, CMT. "A bit of consolidation here makes sense, as many market participants may wait for better entry opportunities." Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) closed south of breakeven, while the S&P 500 Index (SPX) reached a new technical milestone.
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Aside from a few brief blips higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 15,392.20) spent most of the day in the red, and touched a session low of 15,362.66 around 11:00 a.m. ET. By the closing bell, the index was off 7.5 points, or 0.1%. General Electric (NYSE:GE) led the Dow's 13 advancers, extending its post-earnings gains with a 2.3% rise, while Boeing (NYSE:BA) paced the 17 decliners with a loss of 0.9%.
The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,744.66) was also parked in negative territory for much of the session, but still managed to tag a record intraday peak of 1,747.79. By day's end, the index was up 0.2 point, or 0.01% -- enough to reach another all-time closing high. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 3,920.05) touched a 13-year intraday high of 3,931.45, and added 5.8 points, or 0.2%, by the close.
Elsewhere, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX - 13.16) spiked higher right out of the gate, but pared its gains throughout the afternoon. Still, the "fear barometer" added 0.1 point, or 0.9%, for the session.
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"Technology stocks once again took a leadership role, something investors are getting used to," Bell went on. "Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) helped boost the sector today, as the equity continues its strong momentum that began in mid-September."
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