Major indexes edged higher on Wall Street after a day of muted trading, preserving their gains for the week. Even though most stocks in the S&P 500 fell, gains for several tech heavyweights, including Apple and Microsoft, pushed the benchmark index higher. The Nasdaq and Dow Jones Industrial Average also rose. Trading was subdued as investors reviewed the latest corporate earnings and a surprise increase in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits.
The S&P 500 rose 8.79 points, or 0.2%, to 4,367.48.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 25.35 points, or 0.1%, to 34,823.35.