(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow edged lower on Thursday as a resurgence of COVID-19 cases globally sapped appetite for stocks, while market participants digested earnings from U.S. airlines and AT&T, along with mixed readings on economic data.
REUTERS/Carlo AllegriInvestor sentiment gradually improved by early afternoon, with seven of the 11 main S&P 500 sectors rising.
The S&P 500 healthcare sector hit a fresh record high, while industrials were the biggest gainers.
ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 64.28 points, or 0.19%, at 34,073.03, the S&P 500 was down 1.51 points, or 0.04%, at 4,171.91 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 29.57 points, or 0.21%, at 13,979.79.
The S&P index recorded 76 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 74 new highs and seven new lows.
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