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New York (AFP) – U.S. stocks closed at new records Monday after the Dow topped 16,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 breached the 1,800 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 14.06 (0.09 percent) higher at 15,975.76 after reaching 16,030.28 earlier in the session.

The broad-based S&P 500 closed down 6.63 (0.37 percent) at 1,791.55.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index, itself within striking range of 4,000, lost 36.90 (0.93 percent) at 3,949.07.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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