NEW YORK, N.Y. – Technology companies are leading the stock market higher, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to another record high.
A pair of strong economic reports also encouraged investors Monday. Wages and spending rose in the U.S. last month, and pending home sales hit their highest level in three years.
The S&P 500 closed at 1,593, a fraction above its previous record high reached on April 11. It rose 11 points Monday, or 0.7 per cent.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 106 points at 14,818, a gain of 0.7 per cent.
Major tech companies had the biggest gains in the Dow: Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and IBM.
Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was light at 2.8 billion shares.