Dow Logs 6th Consecutive Record Close

By Joseph Adinolfi Markets MarketWatch Pulse

The Dow Jones Industrial Average notched its sixth consecutive record close on Monday, even as the other main stock-market benchmarks finished lower. The blue-chip gauge [s:djia] gained 39.37 points, or 0.2%, to 19,796.22, led by Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc. . Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index shed 2.57 points, or 0.1%, to 2,256.96 as a selloff in financials and consumer discretionary shares offset gains by telecommunications and utilities firms. The Nasdaq Composite Index slid 31.96 points, or 0.6%, to 5,412.54. Both the S&P and Nasdaq snapped six-session winning streaks. Surging oil prices helped support energy shares. U.S.-traded crude oil futures settled at their highest levels since July 2015.

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