New York City: The Dow industrials shut at a record high up on Thursday, improved by gains in Wal-Mart, but the S&P 500 was little transformed as power shares tracked unrefined futures costs lower.The energy sector cut its losses late in the session after Dow Jones reported Halliburton is in talk with buy Baker Hughes Halliburton wound up one each cent after earlier falling as much as 4.6 each cent, while Baker Hughes rallied to shut up 15.3 each cent at US$ 58.75. They were, however, the only 2 stocks to complete higher in the energy sector of the S&P 500, which closed down 1.3 per cent. Power shares dropped as Brent unrefined moved listed below US$ 78 a barrel while US crude rolled 3.6 each cent to US$ 74.39, both at their most affordable in even more compared to four years.Wal-Mart closed up 4.7 per cent at US$ 82.94 after posting greater same-store sales for the first time in 7 quarters. It previously hit a high of US$ 83.06.”Wal-Mart is showing toughness, revealing the natural relationship it should have with (reduced) power prices,” said Fine art Hogan, main market planner at Wunderlich Securities in New York.Consumer-related firms are expected to view more demand as reduced fuel expenses cost-free up cash money.”Yet while we’re hanging around for (various other) customer stocks to rise, lesser energy rates continue to be a headwind,” Hogan said.The Dow Jones commercial standard increased 40.59 points, or 0.23 per cent, to 17,652.79, the S&P 500 got 1.08 factors, or 0.05 each cent, to 2,039.33 as well as the Nasdaq Composite included 5.01 points, or 0.11 each cent, to 4,680.14. Despite the small gains, declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE 1,974 to 1,085, for a 1.82-to-1 ratio on the disadvantage; on the Nasdaq, 1,800 concerns fell as well as 893 progressed for a 2.02-to-1 ratio.Apple increased as high as US$ 113.45 to a fresh record while Microsoft, up 1.7 percent to US$ 49.61, swelled to a market cap over US$ 408 billion. It overtook Exxon Mobil as the second-largest openly traded US company, behind Apple.DreamWorks Animation shares hopped 14.1 per cent to US$ 25.52 after the New York Times claimed toymaker Hasbro Inc was in speak with get the Hollywood workshop. Hasbro shares lost 4.3 per cent to US$ 54.98.US-traded BlackBerry shares leapt 7 per cent to US$ 12.06 after it revealed its new mobile-device management and also safety and security platform as well as struck wide-ranging partnerships.The S&P 500 published 67 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite videotaped 139 new highs and 63 new lows.Volume on US exchanges attacked 6.4 billion, listed below the month-to-date average of 6.55 billion, baseding on BATS Global Markets data.– ReutersFinanceInvestment & & Company InformationDow JonesDowWal-MartBaker Hughes.