MARKET SNAPSHOT: Stock-market Indexes Post Another Round Of Records After Strong Earnings

By Anora M. Gaudiano and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch Features Dow Jones Newswires

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U.S. stock-market indexes ended at records and near session highs on Tuesday, finding support on another round of strong earnings, with technology shares leading the way.

Investors focused on a number of corporate earnings and positive economic data. Trading volumes were expected to thin out this week as investors prepare for the long weekend following Thanksgiving holiday.

What are the main benchmarks doing?

The S&P 500 index rose 16.89 points, or 0.7%, to close at a record 2,599.03. Nearly all the main sectors traded higher, with the technology and health-care stocks leading the gains.

The Nasdaq Composite advanced 71.76 points, or 1.1%, to finish at 6,862.48, also setting a record.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 160.5 points, or 0.7%, to post an all-time closing high of 23,590.83, with 26 of its 30 components trading higher. Apple Inc.(AAPL) was leading the gains, up 1.9%.

The three equity benchmarks are up between 16% and nearly 28% for the year, helped by factors such as an expanding U.S. economy, growth in corporate profits and bets that the Trump administration will deliver tax cuts and other business-friendly policies.

What are strategists saying?

"Today's gains have all of the hallmarks of short covering by traders who positioned conservatively after two weeks of declines," said Michael Antonelli, equity sales trader at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Antonelli noted that historically the week of Thanksgiving is positive.

What could help drive markets?

The Chicago Fed national activity index rose to 0.65 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/chicago-fed-national-economic-index-shows-strong-rebound-from-summer-slump-2017-11-21) in October from 0.36 in September.

Sales of previously-owned homes jumped (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/existing-home-sales-rebound-in-october-even-as-inventory-crunch-worsens-2017-11-21) to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.48 million in October.

Read:Will millenials give housing shares and the broader stock market a boost (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/will-millennials-give-housing-shares-a-boost-2017-11-18)

It appeared investors shrugged off news that Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen would leave (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/janet-yellen-announces-shes-leaving-the-fed-2017-11-20) the central bank, rather than stay on as a Fed governor after the confirmation of Jerome Powell. Yellen's decision was widely expected.

Check out:MarketWatch's Economic Calendar (http://www.marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic)

At 6 p.m. Eastern, Yellen is scheduled to take part in an event with former Bank of England Gov. Mervyn King at New York University's business school.

Which stocks look like key movers?

Technology stocks were the biggest winner on Wall Street. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) rose 1.1%.

Specialty retailer (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/signet-jewelers-shares-sink-after-earnings-miss-and-profit-warning-2017-11-21)Signet Jewelers Ltd.(SIG) tumbled more than 30% after posting weaker-than-expected earnings before the open.

Home-improvement chain (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lowes-beats-profit-expectations-coo-to-retire-2017-11-21)Lowe's Cos.(LOW) shares fell 1.1% after disappointing results.

Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc.(DLTR) gained 2.4% after its stronger-than-anticipated results (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dollar-tree-earnings-and-sales-beat-expectations-2017-11-21).

Packaged-foods heavyweights Hormel Foods Corp.(HRL) and Campbell Soup Co.(CPB) also released results. Campbell shed more than 8% (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/campbell-soup-shares-fall-after-earnings-miss-and-profit-warning-2017-11-21), while Hormel jumped 3.4% (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hormel-revenue-drops-as-turkey-troubles-remain-2017-11-21). (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/campbell-soup-shares-fall-after-earnings-miss-and-profit-warning-2017-11-21)

Medical-device maker Medtronic PLC(MDT) posted earnings before the open as well, beating forecasts (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/medtronic-beats-second-quarter-profit-and-sales-estimates-2017-11-21). The stock rallied 4.8%.

Shares in Intuit Inc.(INTU) traded 3.8% lower. The maker of TurboTax and other accounting software posted better-than-expected quarterly results (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/intuit-beats-on-first-quarter-earnings-but-stock-falls-2017-11-20) late Monday, but some analysts said the company's guidance was disappointing.

Agilent Technologies Inc.(A) fell 0.1% after the maker of scientific equipment late Monday posted better-than-anticipated quarterly earnings (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/agilent-falls-from-record-highs-after-forecast-comes-up-short-2017-11-20) but gave a profit forecast that fell short of expectations.

Earnings preview:Analyst surveys point to a strong quarter for Salesforce (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/salesforce-earnings-analyst-surveys-pointing-to-a-strong-quarter-2017-11-20)

Shares in AmerisourceBergen Corp.(ABC) rose 2.6% after the drug distributor late Monday agreed to buy independent wholesaler H.D. Smith for $815 million (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amerisourcebergen-to-acquire-hd-smith-for-815-million-2017-11-20).

What are other assets doing?

European stocks ended higher (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-look-for-2nd-straight-win-despite-choppy-trade-2017-11-21), with Germany's DAX index closing at a two-week high. Asian markets mostly closed with gains (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tech-stocks-lead-broad-gains-by-asian-markets-2017-11-20). Gold futures (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-crawls-higher-bucking-inverse-dollar-relationship-2017-11-21) regained some ground lost in a steep Monday selloff, while oil futures (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-regains-some-ground-lost-at-the-start-of-the-week-2017-11-21) rose modestly. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index was slightly weaker.

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November 22, 2017 04:43 ET (09:43 GMT)