Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds at 2,000 points

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds at 2,000 points

U.S. stock indexes edged higher in midday trading Wednesday, drifting slightly from a record high set the day before.

Trading was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday as investors sifted through company earnings and deal news.

Express rose 12 percent after the clothing retailer's results beat financial analysts' expectations. Tiffany rose 1 percent after its latest quarterly income also exceeded forecasts.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged up half a point to 2,000 as of noon Eastern time Wednesday. It closed above 2,000 points for the first time the day before.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,119. The Nasdaq rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,572.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.37 percent.