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Banks, tech lead stocks slightly higher

Trader John Santiago works on the floor of

Trader John Santiago works on the floor of the NYSE, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Banks and technology companies posted modest gains on Wall Street, leaving indexes slightly higher at the closing bell.

The tiny gains Thursday were enough to mark another all-time closing high for the Dow Jones industrial average. Goldman Sachs and Apple contributed the most to the Dow’s gain.

Consumer-focused stocks also rose. Target jumped 4.8 percent after raising its second-quarter forecasts, citing higher sales and customer traffic.

Delta Air Lines fell 1.8 percent after reporting a smaller profit than analysts expected.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,447.

The Dow climbed 20 points, or 0.1 percent, to 21,553.

The Nasdaq composite rose 13 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,274.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.34 percent.

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