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(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell on Thursday, weighed down by Amazon.com, Apple and other top-shelf technology stocks, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up to a seventh straight record high.
Stocks lost a little ground late in the session after the Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate allegations of Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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"It's more distraction for the White House and less stability," said Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Financial Partners. "It definitely was market moving."
The S&P 500 information technology index <.SPLRCT>, which has led other sectors in 2017, dipped 0.35 percent. Apple lost 1.0 percent after hitting a record high the day before. It and Amazon.com <AMZN.O>, down 0.90 percent, weighed more than any other stocks on the S&P 500.
Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla <TSLA.O> jumped 6.50 percent after reporting quarterly results above Wall Street's expectations.
Analysts, on average, expect S&P 500 earnings to have grown 11.8 percent and they project earnings up 9.2 percent for the September quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The S&P 500 has risen 11 percent in 2017 and is trading at 18 times expected earnings, pricey compared to its 10-year average of 14, according to Thomson Reuters Datastream.
"Earnings are supporting this market and consumers are supporting it from a macroeconomic standpoint," said Phil Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management. "This is a Goldilocks economy, good enough to push the market higher, no bubbles in sight."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> edged up 0.04 percent, or 9.86 points, to end at 22,026.1, an all-time high.
On Wednesday, the Dow rose above 22,000 for the first time.
"When you hit these major milestones it's not unusual to trade sideways for a few days," Blancato said.
The S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 0.22 percent to 2,472.16 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 0.35 percent to 6,340.34.
Wall Street has shrugged off a recent failure by a Republican-controlled Congress to overhaul healthcare legislation as well as doubts about how easily President Donald Trump will be able to fulfill promises to cut taxes and increase infrastructure spending.
Investors are watching economic data for clues on the health of the economy ahead of the keenly awaited monthly payrolls data on Friday.
Labor Department data on Thursday showed weekly jobless claims fell last week, pointing to a tightening labor market, while a report from the Institute for Supply Management showed its non-manufacturing index fell to 53.9 last month from 57.4 in June.
Yum Brands <YUM.N> fell 2.30 percent, while Dish Network <DISH.O> lost 4.52 percent after releasing their earning reports.
Avon Products <AVP.N> fell 10.71 percent after the cosmetics seller posted an unexpected quarterly loss and said its CEO will step down.
About 6.6 billion shares changed hands in U.S. exchanges, above the 6.1-billion average over the last 20 sessions.
(Additional reporting by Kimberly Chin in New York and Tanya Agrawal in Bengaluru; Editing by Nick Zieminski and James Dalgleish)