Futures slightly higher after Dow's record run

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The last time the Dow had nine straight record closes was in February when it boasted 12 in a row.

The energy sector led the laggards with a 0.9% decline as oil prices edged lower on a rebound in production from Libya's largest oil field, along with worries about higher output from OPEC and the US.

Six of the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, with the consumer staples and technology leading the advancers.

"We've had an exceptional second-quarter earnings season which has given investors confidence", said Eric Wiegand, senior portfolio manager at US Bank Private Client Reserve.

But much better data on USA job openings from a survey called JOLTS shocked the market, leading equities on both sides of the Atlantic to push into positive territory.

With the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all topping record highs over the summer and growing by over 10 percent, some market experts are concerned about an impending pullback.

The Dow Jones industrial average hit intraday and closing records on Monday, adding to last week's record-setting performance.

The Labor Department said U.S. job openings, a measure of labor demand, jumped to a record high in June and was at the highest level since December 2000.

Investors continued to concentrate on corporate earnings Monday.

Apple rose 1.4 percent, and Wal-Mart climbed 1 percent. Tyson Foods (TSN.N) rose 5.7% after the No. 1 United States meat processor reported greater-than-expected quarterly profit and sales.

Dean Foods slumped 18.97% after the largest U.S. dairy processor's quarterly results came in below estimates.

SeaWorld Entertainment plunged as much as 18.44 percent to a record low after the theme park company's quarterly revenue missed expectations.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.08-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.07-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

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