S&P and Dow close at record closing levels....(once again)


Global stock markets rose to record levels today as the Dow Jones Industrial average clocked its ninth straight day of all-time highs.

At 9:38 a.m. ET (1338 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 31.4 points, or 0.14 percent, at 22,087.02, the S&P 500 was down 4.19 points, or 0.16 percent, at 2,476.72.

The S&P 500 climbed 0.16% to close at 2,480.91, its first record close since July 26. Health care and technology companies were among the biggest decliners, outweighing gains in utilities stocks. Micron Technology added 58 cents, or 2 percent, to $29.17, while Western Digital gained$1.33, or 1.6 percent, to $82.30. On the Nasdaq, 1,367 issues fell and 881 advanced. The Cupertino, Calif. -based iPhone maker was trading in record territory, after three consecutive sessions of advances, with a rise from shares of Goldman Sachs combining to contribute about 25 points to the price-weighted Dow.

Investors were mostly focused on the latest company earnings and deal news.

BANK ON THIS: LendingClub surged 16.7 percent after the peer-to-peer lender's second-quarter earnings exceeded financial analysts' forecasts.

Energy stocks were on the other end of the spectrum.

Amid another relatively quiet day on the USA economic front, trading on Tuesday may be driven by reaction to the latest batch of earnings news. Heating oil fell 1 cent to $1.63 a gallon.

NO ALARM: Envision Healthcare was up 4.5 percent after the ambulatory surgery center company said it will sell its medical transportation business to KKR.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.26 percent from 2.27 percent late Friday. The euro slid to $1.1760 from $1.1793.

Markets overseas were mixed Tuesday. KLA-Tencor rose $3.18, or 3.6 percent, to $92.01. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.1 percent.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.82%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index declined 0.15%.