Wall Street ends higher as Dow edges to latest record

The Dow was up 0.1 percent at 22,118.42 (record high); the S&P 500 was up 0.2 percent at 2,480.91 at close and; Nasdaq was up 0.5 percent at 6,383.77 at close. Momentum is strong, investor confidence in Dow stocks is high and the average's ascent shows no real sign of trouble.

The question now: Which of the price-weighted index's holdings will push the Dow Jones over the next hurdle?

Dow e-minis were up 34 points, or 0.15 percent, with 13,064 contracts changing hands. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

Meanwhile, investors will continue to closely track the second-quarter earnings season to see if pricey valuations are justified.

S&P 500 e-minis were up 2.25 points, or 0.09 percent, with 85,693 contracts traded.

In Europe, London's commodities-heavy FTSE 100 index of major blue-chip firms stocks ended the day with a 0.1 percent gain. The Nasdaq composite rose 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,362.


In deal news, medical device company NxStage Medical jumped 28.2% after it agreed to be bought by Fresenius Medical Care.

Shares of United Technologies were down 1.23 percent in premarket trading following a report that the company has submitted an offer to buy aircraft component manufacturer Rockwell Collins.

Another consumer stock to look forward to is Tyson Foods Inc.; it manages to increase by tremendous 5.7% after revenues topped forecasts on recent quarter performance report.

"We have strong earnings that is helping the market", said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group.

SeaWorld Entertainment plunged as much as 18.44 percent to a record low after the theme park company's quarterly revenue missed expectations.

Apple rose 1.60 percent to an all-time high and provided the biggest boost to all three major indexes.


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