S&P, Nasdaq slip as tech weighs; Dow hits record high

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The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq lost ground in late morning trading on Thursday as tech stocks slipped, while the Dow moved above the 22,000 mark to hit a new record.

The S&P tech index — which has been the best performer in 2017, with a 23 per cent rise — was down 0.39 per cent.

Apple, Amazon and Microsoft were top drags on the S&P and the Nasdaq.

However, Tesla’s 7.20 per cent jump eased some pressure on the tech-heavy index after the luxury electric car maker reported quarterly revenue that more than doubled.

“The tech sector is going through a consolidation phase where people are taking some money away from big names and putting it towards underperformers,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab.

“I don’t see that as a bad thing as it helps broaden out this rally.”

Quarterly earnings remain in the spotlight to see if valuations are justified, especially with the S&P 500 trading at around 18 times earnings estimates for the next 12 months, well above its long-term average of 15 times.

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