U.S. stocks drifted mostly higher Wednesday as the Standard & Poor's 500 index set a record for the third day in a row. Trading volume was about one-third below average ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S. with many investors away on vacation.

On Wednesday:

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 15.31 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,122.01.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.10 of a point to close at 2,000.12.

The Nasdaq composite fell 1.02 points, or 0.02 percent, to 4,569.62.

For the week:

The Dow is up 120.79 points, or 0.7 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 11.72 points, or 0.6 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 31.07 points, or 0.7 percent

For the year:

The Dow is up 545.35 points, or 3.3 percent.

The S&P 500 index is up 151.76 points, or 8.2 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 393.03 points, or 9.4 percent.



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