Dow ekes out another record even as other indexes struggle

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split decision on Wall Street on Thursday as gains in a handful of industrial and health care companies largely outweighed sluggishness elsewhere in the market, including the technology sector.

Sizable gains by Boeing and United Technology were enough to push the Dow Jones industrial average to another record, but other major indexes fell.

Retailers were also weak after the government said prices paid by consumers jumped in August. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected in order to cool the economy and stave off inflation. That would be bad for companies like retailers that depend on shoppers spending money.

Energy companies rose as U.S. crude oil climbed to its highest price in six weeks.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slid 2.75 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,495.62. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 45.30 points, or 0.2 percent, to 22,203.48. It was the Dow’s third straight record high close.

The Nasdaq composite slumped 31.10 points, or 0.5 percent, to 6,429.08 as big names like Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, lost ground. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 1.87 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,425.02.

On the New York Stock Exchange, there were slightly more winners than losers.

The Labor Department reported that U.S. consumer prices grew 0.4 percent in August as gas and housing costs rose. Prices are up 1.9 percent over the last year. That could show inflation is speeding up, though it’s not clear how much of the recent increase in gas prices was due to Hurricane Harvey, which deluged the Gulf Coast region in late August and caused many drilling rigs and refineries to shut down.

The Federal Reserve will meet next week and investors wondered if Thursday’s report makes it more likely the Fed will raise interest rates later in the year. Higher interest rates reduce growth because they make borrowing more expensive.

Michael Scanlon, a portfolio manager for Manulife Asset Management, said if inflation does get stronger over the next few months, “it would be a sign of more health in the economy overall,” he said.

Urban Outfitters fell 77 cents, or 3.3 percent, to $22.77 and discount retailer Ross Stores lost 81 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $60.60. Amazon shed $7.39 to $992.21. Coca-Cola lost 38 cents to $46.11 and grocery store operator Kroger fell 47 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $21.26.

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