Dow Logs 6th Consecutive Record Close

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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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