By Sinéad Carew
New York (Reuters) - Technology stocks led the market higher on Monday as Apple
Apple unveiled its latest operating system iOS 12 at the conference and even after paring some gains in the afternoon, for a 0.8 percent gain, it still provided the biggest boost to the S&P 500 <.SPX> and helped take the Nasdaq close to its intraday record reached in mid-March.
The technology sector boost added to continued investor optimism after Friday's better-than expected jobs data, according to Kim Forrest, senior portfolio manager at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.
"On Fridays in the summer, there's not a lot of people behind the desk. These are investors that may not have been around to participate at the end of a holiday week," said Forrest.
Forrest also cited Apple's developer conference and Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal to buy privately held coding website GitHub Inc, which sent its shares up 0.6 percent to a record high.
"Microsoft started its life as a company that provided developer tools. This is the next generation of developer tools. It's good they were able to buy it," she said.
At 2:26 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 162.38 points, or 0.66 percent, to 24,797.59, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 11.14 points, or 0.41 percent, to 2,745.76 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 43.22 points, or 0.57 percent, to 7,597.55.
The S&P technology index <.SPLRCT> was up 0.9 percent. Seven of the 11 main S&P indexes were trading higher.
However the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index <.NBI> underperformed the broader market with a 1 percent decline as shares of cancer-focused companies moved after presentations at the ongoing American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) meeting.
Bristol-Myers Squibb was 3.3 percent lower.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.58-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.28-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.
The S&P 500 posted 44 new 52-week highs and 5 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 204 new highs and 37 new lows.
(Additional reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Chizu Nomiyama)
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Updated Date: Jun 05, 2018 01:05:13 IST