Wall Street closes mixed

Leading indexes close higher despite significant slowdown in retail growth, tech weakness

US stocks have closed mixed as investors weighed softer-than-expected retail sales numbers against strong M&A activity and a small business report that showed optimism at its highest level since the GFC.

Despite the lacklustre trade, both the Dow and S&P 500 marginally bettered the record closing highs they set on Monday. It represented the third straight trading day record for the Dow.

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