Tech, financials help drive S&P, Nasdaq to record


The major USA stock indices are ending the day with gains (of varying amounts).

S&P index closed up 3.02 points or 0.12% at 2510.06. Among the day's notable gainers, Facebook Inc. The S&P is the only one to make a record close.

"It really sums up kind of what we saw all month and all quarter, another calm day", said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"You see the market giving back a bit from yesterday, it's taking some profits off the reflation move", said Jeff Zipper, managing director at the U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve in Palm Beach, Florida.

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For September, the Dow gained 2.1 percent, the S&P rose 1.9 percent and the Nasdaq advanced 1.05 percent. The Chicago purchasing managers' index for September and the final reading of consumer sentiment will also be published.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with modest gains, up zero.2 percent at 22,381.2, pushed up by McDonald's, whose shares rose sharply.

In Europe, the pan-European Stoxx-600 index was around 0.03 percent. For the week, the Dow rose 0.2% and the S&P rose 0.7% in their third straight weekly advance.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.50-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.35-to-1 ratio favored advancers.