The Dow and S&P advanced on Tuesday, with the blue-chip index hitting a record, while another drop in Facebook shares weighed on the Nasdaq.
Dividend-paying sectors such as utilities <.splrcu>, up 1.4 percent and consumer staples <.splrcs>, up 0.6 percent were the best performing of the major S&P sectors. Facebook
The Dow was boosted by names such as Boeing
"This is really a story about dividends, old-line, blue-chip names outperforming what had previously been the market leaders," said Peter Kenny, founder, Kenny’s Commentary LLC and Strategic Board Solutions LLC in New York.
"They have been underperforming the broader market and the FANGs for quite some time and it appears as though that rotation is now taking place."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 154.76 points, or 0.58 percent, to 26,805.97, the S&P 500 <.spx> gained 3.5 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,928.09 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 20.26 points, or 0.25 percent, to 8,017.04.
The NYSE FANG TM index <.nyfang>, an equal-weighted index of five core FANG stocks, was down 4.2 percent for September.
The smallcap Russell 2000 index <.rut> was off 0.82 percent. Smaller names had been viewed as being more insulated to trade pressures and are now down nearly 5 percent from their Aug. 31 high.
Financials <.spsy> were little changed, shaking off earlier losses stemming from a drop in Italian banks after a senior lawmaker in one of Italy`s ruling parties said most of the country`s problems would be resolved if it readopted a national currency.
"That is really a blip, it definitely doesn’t bleed through to the U.S. financial infrastructure," Kenny said.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.19-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.97-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
The S&P 500 posted 20 new 52-week highs and 10 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 31 new highs and 110 new lows.
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