Retailers push Dow, S&P to record highs on Black Friday
The Dow Jones U.S. retailers index .DJUSRT was up 0.34 percent, led by a 0.5 percent gain in Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Wal-Mart's (WMT.N) 1 percent increase. Amazon gave the biggest boost to the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.
Since the U.S. election, the three main U.S. indexes have hit all-time highs and closed at record levels multiple times in the past few days, most recently on Wednesday, when industrials boosted the Dow and S&P to record-high closes.
"Trump's stock market honeymoon continues as the indices push higher this morning, and the focus now shifts to holiday sales," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial in New York.
The holiday shopping season is crucial for retailer as it accounts for as much as 40 percent of their annual sales. But they have been struggling to pull shoppers into stores as people increasingly prefer the ease and year-long deals available online.
The National Retail Federation, which has been overly optimistic with projections in the past, expects holiday sales to grow 3.6 percent this year to $655.8 billion.
Online spending surged almost 14 percent to top $1 billion by Thanksgiving evening, according to Adobe Digital Index.
At 9:42 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 42.66 points, or 0.22 percent, at 19,125.84, after hitting 19,138.51.
The S&P 500 .SPX was up 3.33 points, or 0.15 percent, at 2,208.05. It hit a high of 2,209.39
The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 2.15 points, or 0.04 percent, at 5,382.83. The index is about 10 points away from its all-time high.
"At one point or another this market is going run into a brick wall, but right now it's still being supported by the enthusiasm of Trump's pro-growth program," Cardillo said.
Nine of the 11 major S&P sectors were trading higher, led by a 1.08 percent rise in utilities .SPLRCU.