US STOCKS-Nasdaq closes above 4,000 for first time in 13 years


* Luxury store Tiffany & Co rises after results

* Clothier Jos. A. Bank rallies after Men's Wearhouse offer

* Data shows housing strengthens despite higher mortgagerates

* Indexes: Dow flat, S&P up 0.01 pct, Nasdaq up 0.6 pct

By Luke Swiderski

NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq composite indexclosed above 4,000 on Tuesday for the first time since 2000,while the Dow and S&P ended barely changed.

Retailers and homebuilders were among the best performingsectors, responding to stronger-than-expected earnings androbust housing market data.

Big-cap technology stocks helped the Nasdaq the most onFriday to finish above 4,000 for the first time since thedot-com bubble burst in 2000 and sent the tech-heavy indexhurtling.

Tiffany & Co jumped 7 percent to $88.02 and was theS&P 500's top performer after the luxury retailer'sthird-quarter sales topped expectations. The S&P retail index advanced 0.9 percent.

"The wealth effect because the stock market has gone up hasdefinitely helped the upper-end folks," said Gary Bradshaw atHodges Capital Management in Dallas, Texas.

Moreover, Bradshaw said gasoline prices were giving apotential boost to broad-based holiday spending. Wal-Mart StoresInc shares rose 0.3 percent to close at an all-time highof $80.86 a day after the retailer named a new chief executive.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc surged 11.2 percent to$56.29 after Men's Wearhouse offered to buy the companyfor $55 per share in cash, a 9 percent premium to its Mondayclose. Men's Wearhouse jumped 7.5 percent to $50.60.

On the Nasdaq, Apple Inc gained 1.8 percent to$533.40, Google Inc rose 1.2 percent to $1,058.41 Inc shares ended up 1.3 percent to $381.37.

The PHLX Housing Index rose 2.5 percent afterstronger-than-expected figures on building permits for Octoberand a steady rise in housing prices. Ryland Group ledthe index, gaining 5.6 percent to $40.02 a share.

Permits for future U.S. home construction hit a 5-1/2 yearhigh and an index of single-family home prices notched big gainsin September.

"The takeaway here is that the whole partial governmentshutdown thing was a real non-event," said Jay Mueller, seniorportfolio manager for Wells Capital Management.

The Dow Jones industrial average ended up 0.26 pointto 16072.80. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 0.27point, or 0.01 percent, to 1,802.75. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 23.18 points, or 0.58 percent, to 4,017.75.

The S&P 500 has risen nearly 27 percent this year, primarilybolstered by expectations the Federal Reserve's stimulus willcontinue at least until the end of the year.

The Walt Disney Company led the Dow in percentagegain, with shares rising 2.1 percent to $71.18. The companyannounced better-than-expected earnings earlier in the month.[ID: nL2N0IS2CK]

Trading is expected to remain light this week, withfinancial markets closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.Markets will also close early at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Friday.

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