Loading…
Friday, December 19, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Wednesday, 7/3/2013

Stocks drift higher ahead of the July 4th holiday

ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, trader John Panin, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures are sliding along with global markets, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, as hotspots in Europe and the Middle East overshadow what are expected to be positive economic signs at home. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, trader John Panin, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures are sliding along with global markets, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, as hotspots in Europe and the Middle East overshadow what are expected to be positive economic signs at home. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge

NEW YORK — Stock indexes closed slightly higher after a half-day of trading on Wall Street ahead of the July 4th holiday.

Encouraging news about the U.S. job market offset worries about a market sell-off in Portugal and an intensifying political crisis in Egypt.

U.S. markets closed at 1 p.m. today ahead of the Independence Day holiday Thursday. They will reopen Friday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 56 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 14,988.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose a point, or 0.08 percent, to 1,615. Technology stocks rose 0.6 percent, the most in the index.

The Nasdaq rose 10 points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,443.

Trading volume was light at 1.9 billion shares. Three stocks fell for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories