Dow finishes at 12th record high close

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NEW YORK Monday's financial markets show Dow Jones industrial closed at a record high for the 12th consecutive time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the benchmark favored by professional investors, also closed at a record high.

The tiny gains came after an indecisive day for U.S. stocks that sent indexes wavering between small gains and losses.

Energy companies rose, but phone companies and utilities fell.

National Oilwell Varco rose 3.3 percent. Verizon lost 1.4 percent.

The Dow gained 15 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 20,837. The S&P 500 index gained 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,367. The Nasdaq composite increased 16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,861.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.36 percent.