U.S. Stocks Finish Higher While Dow Falls Short Of 20,000

By Wallace Witkowski Markets MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks closed higher Monday with the Dow industrials failing to reach the elusive 20,000 mark as investors shied away from big bets in the preholiday week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 39.65 points, or 0.2%, to finish at 19,883.06, led higher by shares of Microsoft Corp. and United Technologies Corp. . The S&P 500 index closed up 4.46 points, or 0.2%, at 2,262.53, with the telecom and real estate sectors the strongest performers. The Nasdaq Composite index finished up 20.28 points, or 0.4%, at 5,457.44.

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