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Another day, another record on Wall Street as stocks inch up

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                                The New York Stock Exchange operated during normal business hours in the Financial District, Oct. 13, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Wall Street clawed its way to more records today, with stock indexes creeping higher after another listless day of trading.

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    The New York Stock Exchange operated during normal business hours in the Financial District, Oct. 13, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Wall Street clawed its way to more records today, with stock indexes creeping higher after another listless day of trading.

NEW YORK >> Wall Street clawed its way to more records today, with stock indexes creeping higher after another listless day of trading.

The S&P 500 inched up by 4.17 points, or 0.1%, to 4,701.70 after drifting between a small loss and gain through the day. It’s the eighth straight day the index has set an all-time high, tying its longest winning streak since April 2019, though most of the gains during this stretch have been only modest.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 104.27, or 0.3%, to 36,432.22, and the Nasdaq composite gained 10.77, or 0.1%, to 15,982.36. They also set records, as did the smaller stocks in the Russell 2000 index, which rose 0.2%.

Stocks of construction-related companies made some of the strongest gains after Congress passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Friday. Vulcan Materials, which sells crushed stone and concrete, rose 4.9%. Equipment-maker Caterpillar rose 4.1%.

More broadly, the stock market has been climbing over the last month as a wave of reports has shown corporate profits were stronger during the summer than analysts expected. That’s helped calm investors’ concerns about inflation and the Federal Reserve starting to pull back on its massive efforts to support markets and the economy.

Slightly more stocks rose in the S&P 500 than fell today, with technology companies among those offsetting losses for utilities and companies that sell directly to consumers.

Advanced Micro Devices jumped 10.1% for the biggest gain in the S&P 500 after announcing that Facebook parent company Meta had chosen to use chips from AMD in its data centers. Chipmaker Nvidia rose 3.5%.

Steelmakers and other companies that stand to benefit from increased infrastructure spending also rallied following Congress’ passage of the infrastructure bill. Nucor gained 3.6%.

Friday’s deal eased some concerns over gridlock in Washington as a potential fight over raising the debt ceiling looms, according to Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group.

“Markets had sort of come to the conclusion that infrastructure was going to take longer,” he said. “But it looks like maybe the logjam is broken; it really reduces the chances we’ll have a fireworks-laden Christmas.”

Social networking company Nextdoor Holdings jumped 17% in its market debut via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

On the losing end was Tesla, which fell 4.8% after CEO Elon Musk said he would sell 10% of his holdings in the company based on the results of a poll he conducted on Twitter over the weekend.

The latest round of corporate earnings is starting to wind down, but investors still have several report cards from some big companies to review. Health care services and products company Cardinal Health will report its financial results on Tuesday and entertainment giant Walt Disney will report earnings on Wednesday.

Wall Street will also get several updates on inflation this week. Rising inflation remains a key concern as companies contend with higher raw materials costs and supply chain problems, while consumers face higher prices.

The Labor Department will release its monthly update on inflation at the wholesale level on Tuesday. The report showing what consumers are paying will come a day later. .

The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.50% from 1.45% late Friday.

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