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Nasdaq notches record as other indexes close mixed

Executives and guests of Pampa Energia, an Argentine

Executives and guests of Pampa Energia, an Argentine electric company, photograph their colleagues during the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.  Photo Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

The Nasdaq composite index notched its fourth record-high close in a row Tuesday, eking out a modest gain on a day when the other major U.S. stock indexes barely budged.

After wavering between small gains and losses for much of the day, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed unchanged, while the Dow Jones industrial average posted a slight loss. More stocks rose than fell on the New York Stock Exchange.

Consumer-focused companies, banks and health care stocks were among the biggest gainers. Real estate companies lagged the most. Energy stocks also fell after a drop in crude oil prices.

ON WALL STREET: At the close, the Nasdaq was up 20 points, about 0.4 percent, at 5,555.8. The Dow Jones industrial average down 31.9, about 0.2 percent, at 19,855.5. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was right where it started at 2,268.9.

OIL PRICES: As markets closed, U.S. benchmark crude oil slipped $1.21 to $51.66 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London on the Intercontinental Exchange Europe, Brent crude, which is used to price oil sold internationally, was down $1.34 at to $53.60 a barrel.

BOND PRICES: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.389.

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