Markets Right Now: Stocks waver; market nears bull record

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Stocks are wavering between small gains and losses as the U.S. market is poised to mark its longest bull run in history.

The S&P 500 is on track to record its longest bull market Wednesday, beating the bull market of the 1990s.

Retailers were in focus again and several of them were moving after reporting their latest quarterly results. Target rose 4.8 percent and Lowe’s jumped 7.5 percent.

Hartford Financial Services fell 4.2 percent after announcing an acquisition.

The S&P 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,866.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down 16 points, or 0.1 percent, to 25,805. The Nasdaq composite rose 30 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,889.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.83 percent.

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9:35 a.m.

Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as the U.S. market is poised to reach its longest-ever bull run.

Retailers were in focus again early Wednesday and several of them were moving after reporting their latest quarterly results.

Target rose 4.5 percent and Lowe’s jumped 8.1 percent after both released earnings that came in ahead of analysts’ forecasts.

Hartford Financial Services fell 3.6 percent after announcing an acquisition.

The S&P 500 index fell 1 point to 2,861.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 8 points to 25,828. The Nasdaq composite rose 7 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,866.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.82 percent.