NEW YORK Oct 17 The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday as investors regained confidence in the market following a last-minute deal to avoid a U.S. default, but weak earnings from IBM and Goldman Sachs pulled the Dow industrials slightly lower.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 3.98 points, or 0.03 percent, at 15,369.85. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 11.36 points, or 0.66 percent, at 1,732.90. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 23.72 points, or 0.62 percent, at 3,863.15.
The S&P's close eclipsed the previous record of 1,725.52, reached on Sept. 18.
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