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Stock market fails to extend climb to records as energy-sector retreat weighs

Mark DeCambre

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite indexes on Wednesday failed to extend their climb into record territory as a pullback in the mostly buoyant energy sector weighed on the broader market. The S&P 500 index closed off 0.2% at 2.927, with the energy sector , down 1.9%, delivering the biggest headwind for the benchmark, while the Nasdaq slipped 0.2% to 8,102, a day after the equity market pair produced their first records in months. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished off 0.2% at 26,597 (all on a preliminary basis), holding within 1% of its Oct. 3 all-time high. Shares of Caterpillar Inc. exacted a the stiffest toll from the price-weighted Dow after its quarterly results disappointed Wall Street, coming amid a barrage of quarterly results that included reports from Boeing Co. and former Dow-component AT&T .