S&P and Nasdaq higher, Dow lower

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The S&P 500 index was up 8.22 points at 2,791.52, while the Nasdaq composite was up 32.97 points at 7,591.03.

The major USA equity indexes finished higher on Monday after shrugging off early session weakness.

A boost was also imminent from the tech giants after Nvidia made announcements about buying Mellanox Technologies for $6.8 billion.

"Boeing without any question is going to be the theme for the Dow index, given its enormous weighting, but I don't see a spillover to any other indexes except airlines", said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas.

The stock had its highest daily trading volume since July 2013 and ended well off its session low of $365.55, but it kept a lid on the Dow, which managed only about half the gains of the S&P 500.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners for a 2.62-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and a 2.08-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq. January's headline number unexpectedly rose, helped by an increase in purchases of building materials and discretionary spending, but sales in December were much weaker than previously reported.

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Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology companies and banks.

Boeing went down a spiraling 5.3 percent after their plane 737 MAX 8jet crashed on Sunday.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 96.22 points at 25,554.66 as Boeing weighed. In a note this morning, Nomura Instinet's Frank Cappelleri recommended watching the small-cap Russell 2000 and the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which have dropped 4.3% and 3.3% last week, significantly underperforming the S&P 500.

The wreckage of the ill fated Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft near Bishoftu.[Reuters] News of a Boeing Company's 737 Max crash operated by Ethiopian Airlines is bringing out equity bears. Stocks were helped by a US government report showing retail sales rose slightly in January.

Stocks are moving slightly higher on Wall Street at midday as technology and health care stocks rise.

The S&P 500 moves up and down based on changes in its members' market value, but the Dow bounces around according to changes in its 30 members' stock prices. Notably, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynchupped Apple's stock to trade from neutral. Facebook rose 2.3 per cent and Morgan Stanley rose 1.3 per cent.

The Dow is up 104.42 points, or 0.4 per cent.

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