U.S stocks were slightly higher in choppy trading on Wednesday, supported by technology shares as early signs of an economic rebound offset concern about further lockdowns due to a jump in coronavirus cases across the country.
Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp provided the biggest boost to all three indexes. The technology index .SPLRCT rose 0.9%.
The number of confirmed U.S. cases surpassed 3 million, affecting nearly one of every 100 Americans. California, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas broke their previous daily record highs for new infections.
Investors have been weighing a string of upbeat economic data including record job additions and a rebound in the service sector in June, against the surge in U.S. coronavirus cases recently, but the S&P 500 is still up about 40% from its March closing low.
There still seems to be a focus on the reopenings rather than the increase in cases, said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.
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