Dow posts record closing high for 2nd day

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average has scored a record closing high for a second successive day as financial and industrial shares rallied, while the Nasdaq fell.

The S&P 500 was near flat, with declines in shares of big growth names including Tesla weighing on the index and the Nasdaq Composite.

Energy, financials and industrials were among sectors leading gains in the S&P 500.

Helping sentiment, the World Health Organization cited increasing evidence the Omicron coronavirus variant caused milder symptoms than previous strains.

The S&P 500 bank index was also up sharply.

Some strategists said financials and other value-oriented stocks could lead markets in the near term as investors gear up for interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve by mid-year to curb high inflation. US Treasury yields rose for a second trading day.

Investors are "going to punish growth stocks with high valuations," Robert Phipps, a director at Per Stirling Capital Management in Austin, Texas, said.

"This is a time when defensive stocks and value stocks are likely to outperform."

The S&P 500 value index jumped, while the S&P 500 growth index was down.

According to preliminary data, the S&P 500 lost 3.17 points, or 0.07 per cent, to end at 4,793.39 points, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 209.55 points, or 1.33 per cent, to 15,623.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 213.47 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 36,798.53.

Tesla shares fell, a day after jumping more than 13 per cent on stronger-than-expected quarterly deliveries.

The US central bank said last month it would end its pandemic-era bond buying in 2022, signalling at least three interest rate hikes for the year. Minutes from the meeting are expected to be released on Wednesday.

Ford jumped after the vehicle maker said it would nearly double annual production capacity for its red-hot F-150 Lightning electric pickup to 150,000 vehicles.

Earlier, US manufacturing data for December showed some cooling in demand for goods, but investors took solace in signs of supply constraints easing.

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