US STOCKS-Energy, tech push stocks up; Nasdaq 100 sets record

martes 3 de noviembre de 2015 17:40 GYT

* S&P energy sector up for 5th straight day

* AIG, Sprint fall after lower-than-expected results

* King Digital jumps after Activision's buyout offer

* Indexes up: Dow 0.5 pct, S&P 0.27 pct, Nasdaq 0.35 pct (Updates to close)

By Lewis Krauskopf

Nov 3 (Reuters) - Big tech and energy sector gains drove U.S. stocks higher on Tuesday, as an index of 100 major Nasdaq companies finished at a record closing high.

The three major indexes continued a positive start for November, after posting their best monthly performances in four years in October. The Nasdaq 100 index closed up 0.3 percent at 4,719.05, surpassing for the first time levels reached during the dot-com boom in 2000.

The S&P energy sector rose 2.5 percent, its fifth straight daily increase, as crude prices rallied. Oil majors Exxon and Chevron rose 1.8 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, making both stocks among the top influences on the Dow and S&P.

While energy stocks have risen about 22 percent since late August, the sector is still down roughly 10 percent year to date.   Continuación...