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S&P 500 inches up to a new record close

NEW YORK - U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher as traders looked over a mixed batch of corporate earnings. Still, the meager gains were enough to mark another record high close for the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

The S&P 500 edged up three points, or 0.2 percent, to end at 1,987. That was two points higher than its last record close reached on July 3.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 17,086. The Nasdaq composite rose 17 points, or 0.4 percent, finishing at 4,473.

Boeing (BA) fell 2 percent, the most in the Dow, after reporting disappointing revenue. Apple (AAPL) rose 3 percent after reporting big gains on Tuesday in iPhone sales.

Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.47 percent.