Tech stocks, retailers push indexes up

Opioid medication companies fall after government report




NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose Monday as a mix of smaller, U.S.-focused companies, technology firms and banks climbed. Drugmakers struggled, which limited those gains.

Retailers and smaller companies rose for the third day in a row as their latest quarterly reports have investors feeling better about the U.S. economy and the amount of shopping people are likely to do over the holidays. Technology companies rose following another deal between chipmakers, and industrial companies also posted gains.

Companies that sell opioid pain medications tumbled after the government released a new, much higher estimate of the costs of the ongoing addiction crisis. Merck fell after a good report from competitor Roche about a drug that competes with Merck’s cancer medication Keytruda.

Trading was relatively light. That’s probably going to be the case throughout the week as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and investors turn their attention to 2018. Jeff Kravetz, regional investment strategist for U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, expects more gains for U.S. stocks, but thinks indexes in other parts of the world will do better, as they’ve done this year.

“We’ve got developed markets working and we’ve got emerging markets working,” he said. “This is just a wonderful year for international markets after a bit of a drought.”

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 3.29 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,582.14. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 72.09 points, or 0.3 percent, to 23,430.33. The Nasdaq composite advanced 7.92 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,790.71. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 10.57 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,503.40.

Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group said it will buy competitor Cavium for $6 billion. Cavium jumped $8.19, or 10.8 percent, to $84.02 and it’s up 22 percent over the last two weeks on reports Marvell would make a bid. Marvell rose $1.30, or 6.4 percent, to $21.59.

Other technology companies also rose. IBM added $1.54, or 1 percent, to $150.51 and Cisco Systems gained 60 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $36.50.

A White House group said the opioid drug epidemic cost the U.S. $504 billion in 2016, far larger than other recent estimates, and companies that make those pain medications traded sharply lower.

Last year a separate estimate said the crisis cost the country $78.5 billion in 2013, including lost productivity and health care and criminal justice spending. The Council of Economic Advisers said the new figure reflects the worsening crisis and that earlier figures didn’t calculate deaths or include the use of illegal drugs.

Gold slumped $21.20, or 1.6 percent, to $1,275.30 an ounce. Silver sank 53 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $16.84 an ounce. Copper gained 3 cents to $3.09 a pound.