US STOCKS-Wall Street climbs to new highs; transports rally
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* Dow transportation average hits new high
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* Indexes up: Dow 0.2 pct, S&P 0.2 pct, Nasdaq 0.2 pct (Updates to early afternoon)
By Caroline Valetkevitch
NEW YORK, Nov 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher in afternoon trading on Monday, lifting the Dow and S&P 500 to intraday highs after the indexes advanced for a third straight week, helped by railroad shares.
The Dow Jones transportation average was up 1 percent, also hitting another intraday record high, led by gains in railroad shares including Union Pacific, which was up 1.9 percent and among the top gainers on the S&P 500.
Results late Friday from Berkshire Hathaway showed profit from the BNSF railroad rose about 5 percent. Berkshire Class B shares were up 0.7 percent at $144.59, also among the top gainers in the S&P 500.
Oil prices extended recent losses, with U.S. crude oil prices falling below $78 a barrel, helping shares of some consumer companies. Continuación...