The bulls capped off a seesaw week on Wall Street by carrying the Dow to a new all-time record on Friday.
All of the major indices -- the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq -- closed firmly in positive territory today, shedding losses from early in the session. The Dow's close of 16,583.3 narrowly topped a prior record set on April 30 of 16,580.8.
While the Dow eked out a win for the week, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq lost ground. This marked the 10th week that the S&P 500 has alternated between gains and losses. That's the longest such streak in nearly 20 years.
Perhaps traders got into a better groove after throwing on their Beats headphones.
The tech world is buzzing about reports indicating Apple(AAPL) is considering a $3.2 billion takeover of Beats Electronics, a popular headphone maker and streaming music provider. The deal would be Apple's largest ever and create a huge windfall for Beats co-founder Dr. Dre and investor Carlyle Group(CG).
Ralph Lauren(RL) fell more than 2% and touched the lowest levels in almost two years amid disappointment over the company's pessimistic outlook. It continues to struggle to grow as fast as some of its competitors. On the other hand, Gap(GPS) popped 3% on upbeat projected earnings and a 9% jump in April same-store sales.
Investors drove CBS(CBS) 2% lower as the media giant's revenue fell more than feared due in part to the absence of the Super Bowl. News Corp.(NWSA), the publishing giant controlled by Rupert Murdoch, rose more than 5% after logging better-than-expected profits despite a dip in revenue.
Stratasys(SSYS), a 3D printer maker, declined 5% even after swinging to a profit and reporting soaring revenue.
Asian markets ended with muted, mixed results. But India's Sensex index was a standout performer, rising over 2.5% late in the day, with investors feeling optimistic as the end of the Indian elections nears.