S&P, Nasdaq hit record highs as volatility drops

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S&P, Nasdaq hit record highs as volatility drops

The Nasdaq Composite was down 9.19 points, or 0.15 per cent, at 6,091.57, after hitting a record high of 6,106.11.

Dow e-minis 1YMc1 were up 26 points, or 0.12 percent, with 14,411 contracts changing hands.

In the commodities market, benchmark US crude rose 21 cents to settle at $46.43 per barrel.

The index has not moved more than 0.4 percent in either direction in the past 11 trading days. Reports that North Korea's ambassador to the United Kingdom said his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test, threatening to intensify tensions between Pyongyang and the USA, nudged stocks to sessions lows before paring those declines.

Endo International ENDP.O , Office Depot ODP.O and Marriott MAR.O also rose after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings.

Demand has dulled for high income-paying stocks as bonds have begun to pay more in interest.

Energy stocks in the S&P 500 sank 0.9%, tied for the day's biggest drop among the 11 sectors that make up the index. The hotel operator cited improving trends around the world. With the USA job market continuing to improve, along with economies around the world, Orlando says he expects profits to keep rising through the year. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, rose 24 cents to settle at $49.34 a barrel. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.39 percent Tuesday, but it's up from a low of 2.17 percent three weeks ago.

After the market closed Monday, Pandora Media Inc announced a board shake-up and an investment from private equity firm KKR, but shares sunk 4 percent Tuesday.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International leaped 24% to $12.05 after the drugmaker reported earnings that investors found encouraging and raised its full-year guidance.

European stock markets were mostly higher. According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at the end of last week, USA non-farm payrolls rose by 211,000 in April-higher than the expected gain of 185,000 jobs in April. The S&P/ASX 200, Australia's benchmark index, fell 0.47%. The euro slipped to $1.0943 from $1.0990 late Friday. The dollar rose to 113.07 Japanese yen from 112.61 yen.

Natural gas rose 3 cents to $3.21 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil fell a penny to $1.45 per gallon and wholesale gasoline slipped 1 cent to $1.51 per gallon.

Gold rose $2.70 to $1,229.60 per ounce, silver gained 2 cents to $16.30 per ounce and copper fell 5 cents to $2.48 per pound.

This article was originally published at 6:55 a.m.

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