Dow, S&P gain but Nasdaq dips as healthcare lags

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27:  The New York Stock Exchange stands on Wall Street on August 27, 2013 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 170 points on fears of a possible U.S. attack on Syria.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: The New York Stock Exchange stands on Wall Street on August 27, 2013 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 170 points on fears of a possible U.S. attack on Syria. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The Dow and S&P 500 advanced on Thursday after a round of positive corporate earnings announcements, but gains were curbed and the Nasdaq lost ground on a drop in the healthcare sector.

DowDuPont was up 2.8 percent as the biggest boost to the S&P 500. It forecast third-quarter profit well above Wall Street’s expectations ahead of the combined company’s first earnings report next week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 71.61 points, or 0.31 percent, to 23,401.07, the S&P 500 gained 3.26 points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,560.41 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 7.12 points, or 0.11 percent, to 6,556.77.

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