S&P 500 index notches another record close
Monday, December 9, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market notched another record close Monday after a big acquisition in the food industry. Hope for a longer-term budget deal in Washington also helped.
Food distributor Sysco rose the most in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index after the company announced an agreement to buy rival US Foods in an $8.2 billion deal. Sysco’s stock jumped $3.31, or 9.7 percent, to $37.62.
Stocks extended a rally from Friday that was driven by a report of solid U.S. job gains. That boosted investor confidence that the economy was growing strongly enough to handle any pullback in the Federal Reserve’s economic stimulus.
The S&P 500 index climbed 3.28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,808.37. That put the index a point above its previous record close of 1,807.23 set November 27.
Other indexes also made small gains. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.33 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 16,025.53. The Nasdaq composite increased 6.23 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,068.75.
The stock market stuttered in October after political wrangling over the budget caused a 16-day partial government shutdown that crimped economic growth and hurt consumer confidence.
A budget deal “could be viewed as positive, in the sense that it is putting to bed one more possible disruption,” Stone said.
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