The S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock indexes closed at record on Wednesday despite mixed earnings and economic data and antitrust probes into leading U.S. technology stocks.
How are the major benchmarks faring?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.12% fell 79.22 points or 0.3% to 27,269.97, but the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.16% gained 14.09 points or 0.5% to an all-time closing high at 3,019.56, the benchmark also set an intraday peak at 3,019.56. The Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.33% closed up 70.10 points or 0.9% to a fresh high also at 8,321.50, with that tech-heavy gauge setting an intraday record at 8,321.50.
Year-to-date the S&P 500 index is now up 20.45% while the Nasdaq Composite is up 25.41%.
The Russell 2000 /zigman2/quotes/210598147/delayed RUT +0.03% , an index of small-capitalization stocks, rose 1.64% to 1,580.42 and is now up 17.19% for the year.
What’s driving the market?
Chip-related stocks climbed to record highs Wednesday following strong earnings from Texas Instruments Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202237907/composite TXN -2.48% . The PHLX Semiconductor Index /zigman2/quotes/210598361/realtime SOX -0.47% soared 3.1% to 1,622,02, booking its first record finish since April 24.
Over 25% of S&P 500 index companies have reported second-quarter earnings so far and 78% have posted a better-than-expected profit, according to FactSet data.
However, some Dow components reported disappointing earnings. Caterpillar Inc . /zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite CAT +1.24% fell 4.5%, after the manufacturer of construction and mining equipment reported quarterly profit that fell below analyst expectations, continuing a trend of subdued performance in industrial stocks during the second-quarter earnings season. Boeing Co . /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA -4.83% lost 3%, after the aerospace giant swung to a loss in the second quarter.
Facebook /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB +1.98% produced better-than-expected results, Ford Motor’s analysts’ consensus estimates for earnings, PayPal delivered hotter-than-expected results but offered weak guidance, after the bell on Wednesday.
Tesla also was scheduled to report quarterly results late-Wednesday.
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The Justice Department late Tuesday said its antitrust division was reviewing “whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.”
Facebook and Apple Inc . /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -1.16% are seen likely most at risk if government regulators are serious about pursuing antitrust actions, while Google parent Alphabet Inc . /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG -0.03% /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL -0.05% and Amazon.com Inc . /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.70% are also under scrutiny.