NEW YORK — Stocks ended mostly higher on Wall Street as the market recovered following an afternoon stumble.
The Nasdaq composite index extended its winning streak to a sixth day today and closed at another all-time high.
Several health care companies posted gains. Illumina, which makes genetic testing equipment, soared 17 percent after releasing a solid profit and sales forecast.
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The drugmaker Valeant jumped 7 percent after saying it will sell more than $2 billion in assets.
The Nasdaq composite increased 20 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,551.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended unchanged at 2,268. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 31 points, or 0.2 percent, to 19,855.
More stocks rose than fell on the New York Stock Exchange.
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