US STOCKS-Tech rally helps Wall St push higher, Nasdaq has record close

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street’s three major indexes rose on Monday, led by a rally in tech stocks, pushing the Nasdaq to a record closing high as investors bet on a continuation of strong economic growth, while falling oil prices weighed on the energy sector.

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apple (AAPL.O) shares rose to their highest ever due to investor bets on its annual developers conference and Microsoft (MSFT.O) impressed with an acquisition, pushing the S&P 500 technology index .SPLRCT to a record high, while Amazon.com (AMZN.O) led consumer stocks higher.

Better-than-expected U.S. jobs data for May was still key to investor optimism as traders turned their focus away from recent trade war fears.

“There’s momentum from Friday’s job report that’s spilled into Monday’s trading and helped propel stocks higher,” said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco in New York.

However, while impressed “to see a jobs report so strong late in an economic expansion,” Hooper worried about the U.S. government’s announcement last week of steel and aluminum tariffs for Europe, Canada and Mexico, which ended a two-month exemption.

“The jobs report is looking in the rear-view mirror while the protectionist actions last week will impact the future,” she said. “Investors may be caught off guard if there is a negative impact to economic growth this year from protectionism.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 178.48 points, or 0.72 percent, to 24,813.69, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 12.25 points, or 0.45 percent, to 2,746.87.

The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 52.13 points, or 0.69 percent, to reach 7,606.46, a record closing high.

The S&P 500’s technology sector was the benchmark index’s biggest boost with a 0.8

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