MARKET SNAPSHOT: Nasdaq Carves Out Gains To Lead Stock Market As Tech Climbs

By Wallace Witkowski and Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch Features Dow Jones Newswires

Dow transports notch fresh all-time intraday high

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U.S. equity-index benchmarks gained traction on Monday, holding on to modest gains, as a pair embattled sectors, technology and energy, drew bidders.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 17 points, or 0.1%, at 21,427, led by gains of at least 1% in Visa Inc.(V), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), Nike Inc.(NKE) and Apple Inc.(AAPL)

The S&P 500 index added 4 points, or 0.2%, at 2,429, with the tech sector helping to lead the advance in the broad-market benchmark. The lesser-weighted materials sector rose 0.8% advance, and the energy sector was up 0.3%.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index tacked on about 26 points, or 0.4%, to 6,177, as the tech-heavy gauge added to its Friday rally following a solid reading of U.S. jobs (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-futures-in-holding-pattern-ahead-of-top-tier-jobs-report-2017-07-07).

Also, the Dow Jones Transportation Average hit a fresh intraday record at 9,716.81, before slipping 0.1% lower on the session.

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"All of the conversations right now are about earnings," said Mike Antonelli, equity sales trader at Robert W Baird & Co. "The health-care bill and the tax bill all of that has been put in the back burner as the market moves on to the next catalyst, and what matters right now is earnings," he said, referring to initiatives by Republicans to push through bills to cut corporate taxes and overhaul Obamacare.

Looking ahead to Friday, a trio of banks are expected to report quarterly results, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.(JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), and Citigroup Inc.(C)

Kim Caughey Forrest, senior portfolio manager at Fort Pitt Capital Group, said the market is eager ti garner results on the banking sector, because they are an early read on coming second-quarter results and a bellwether for the health of the economy. As for tech, she described the recent selloff in the sector as likely a pause for the highflying group.

Last week, the Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite ended modestly higher. The three gauges have all tacked on 8% or more so far this year, but they're trading below their record peaks hit in June.

A turn higher in crude-oil prices helped to buttress relatively upbeat sentiment, with oil futures (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-rebound-as-some-see-last-weeks-selloff-as-overdone-2017-07-10) settling 0.4% higher at $44.40 a barrel, following a nearly 4% selloff last week.

Read more:Stock market tracking tech rebound, oil slump ahead of big bank earnings (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-tracking-tech-rebound-oil-slump-ahead-of-big-bank-earnings-2017-07-08)

Treasury yields retreated slightly (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/treasury-yields-retreat-as-ecb-officials-question-taper-timing-2017-07-10) as central bankers in Europe questioned how soon the European Central Bank could start tapering its bond-buying programs. The yield on the 10-Year Treasury slipped nearly 2 basis points to 2.369%, following a rise from around 2.14% in late June.

"Central banks are likely to remain a key focus for investors this week, with the sudden hawkish shift among a number of them in recent weeks pushing bond yields higher and weighing on risk appetite," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, in a note.

Stocks to watch:Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) shares lost a fifth of their value after the embattled retailer early Monday said it terminated a potential buyout of the company, and Best Buy Co. Inc.'s stock (BBY) tumbled 6.2% amid worries about heightened competition (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/best-buys-stock-tumbles-to-pace-sp-500-decliners-amid-concerns-over-amazon-effect-2017-07-10), highlighting the struggles of brick-and-mortar retailers.

Along those lines, Macy's Inc.(M) shares fell 6.8%, Gap Inc.(GPS) dropped 6.4% and Kohl's Corp.(KSS) shares fell 4.3%.

Fertilizer stocks (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fertilizer-stocks-surge-to-lead-sp-500-gainers-as-corn-prices-jump-to-13-month-high-2017-07-10) like Mosaic Co.(MOS) jumped on the S&P 500 as corn prices spiked.

Shares in Tesla Inc.(TSLA) slipped 0.3% after falling 13% last week (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-bad-week-gets-worse-as-elon-musks-credibility-takes-another-hit-2017-07-06), as the first Model 3 sedan rolled off the electric-car maker's assembly line (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/elon-musk-shows-off-first-model-3-to-roll-off-assembly-line-2017-07-09) over the weekend.

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) was in focus as it is set to launch on Tuesday its "prime day" sales event. Shares of the company were up 1.8%. The company also reported that a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla., would create 1,500 new jobs (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-to-create-1500-new-jobs-in-florida-with-new-fulfillment-center-2017-07-10), with benefits.

Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) slumped 3.4% as the company appointed Carl Hauch (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/barnes-noble-appoints-chief-operating-officer-2017-07-10), formerly chief operating officer at CityMD, as its vice president of stores.

Shares of Arconic Inc.(ARNC) rose 3.5% after the maker of aluminum products was upgraded at J.P. Morgan (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/arconic-stock-surges-after-jp-morgan-turns-bullish-2017-07-10), citing improved valuation

Household chemicals seller WD-40 Co.(WDFC) and IT company Barracuda Networks Inc.(CUDA) are due to report after the market's close.

Other markets:European stocks (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-rise-with-dax-marching-higher-as-german-exports-surge-2017-07-10) finished higher, after Asian markets (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asian-markets-bounce-back-after-last-weeks-losses-2017-07-09) mostly closed with gains.

Gold futures (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-slips-heads-toward-fresh-four-month-low-2017-07-10) advanced 0.3% to settle at $1,213.20 an ounce, and a key dollar index traded flat.

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--Victor Reklaitis in London contributed to this article.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 10, 2017 15:30 ET (19:30 GMT)