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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly before the closing of the market in New York, August 15, 2013.
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly before the closing of the market in New York, August 15, 2013.
(LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

S&P 500 back to record high: A look at winners and losers

The S&P 500 broke above 1,850 earlier today, which puts it on track for a new record-high close and erases the dip earlier this month that had threatened to give the January indicator – as goes January, so goes the rest of the year – a bearish tinge.

But if January does say anything about the stock market for 2014, expect a continuation of 2013: Last year showed a clear preference for economically sensitive areas of the market as the U.S. economy showed signs of improvement – along with health-care stocks – and this year is showing a similar tendency.