US STOCKS-Tesla lifts Nasdaq to record-high close, S&P 500 dips


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    * Tesla rallies after opening solar charging station 
    * Retail darlings Alfi, Torchlight extend declines 
    * Indexes end: Dow -0.21%, S&P 500 -0.11%, Nasdaq +0.13%    

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    By Noel Randewich and Devik Jain
    June 23 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq climbed to a record-high
close on Wednesday, fueled by a rally in Tesla Inc  TSLA.O ,
while the S&P 500 dipped, even as investors cheered data that
showed a record peak for U.S. factory activity in June.  
    Gains in Nvidia Corp  NVDA.O  and Facebook Inc  FB.O 
extended a recent rebound in top-shelf growth stocks that fell
out of favor in recent months as investors focused on companies
expected to do well as the economy recovers from the pandemic.
    Data firm IHS Markit said its flash U.S. manufacturing
Purchasing Managers' Index rose to a reading of 62.6 this month,
beating estimates of 61.5, but manufacturers are still
struggling to secure raw materials and qualified workers,
substantially raising prices.*:nL2N2O42C6
    The "high level of today's surveys will provide some
confirmation for the Fed that the time to begin taking its foot
off the accelerator is not far away," said Jai Malhi, global
market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
    On Tuesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell reaffirmed the central
bank's intent not to raise interest rates too quickly, based
only on the fear of coming inflation.*:nL2N2O31WU
    Powell's comments follow the Fed's projection a week ago of
an increase in interest rates as soon as 2023, sooner than
anticipated. Since then, growth stocks, including major tech
names like Tesla and Nvidia, have mostly rallied and
outperformed value stocks, like banks and materials companies.
    "People are plowing money into what has worked. People are
basically momentum-chasing and they're using the last three
years of performance to figure out what to chase," said Mike
Zigmont, head of trading and research at Harvest Volatility
Management in New York.
    Eight of the 11 major S&P sector indexes fell, with
utilities  .SPLRCU  down about 1% and leading the way lower,
followed by a 0.6% dip in materials  .SPLRCM .
   Tesla jumped 5.3% after the electric vehicle maker said it
had opened a solar-powered charging station with on-site power
storage in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, its first such facility in
China. That trimmed the stock's loss in 2021 to about
    Extending investors' recent preference for growth stocks,
the S&P 500 growth index  .IGX  edged up 0.01%, while the value
index  .IVX  dipped 0.24%.
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average  .DJI  fell 0.21% to end at
33,874.24 points, while the S&P 500  .SPX  lost 0.11% to
    The Nasdaq Composite  .IXIC  climbed 0.13% to 14,271.73.
    The S&P 500 has gained about 13% in 2021, while the Nasdaq
and Dow are up about 11%. 
    Nikola Corp  NKLA.O  rallied 4.3% after the electric and
hydrogen vehicle maker said it is investing $50 million in
Wabash Valley Resources LLC to produce clean hydrogen in the
U.S. Midwest for its zero-emission trucks.*:nL3N2O52UH
    Among so-called meme stocks, software firm Alfi Inc  ALF.O 
tumbled 26% after more than doubling in value in the prior
session, while Torchlight Energy Resources Inc  TRCH.O  slumped
30%, tumbling for a second day after announcing an upsized stock
    Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a
1.14-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.42-to-1 ratio favored advancers.
    The S&P 500 posted 33 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the
Nasdaq Composite recorded 91 new highs and 28 new lows.  
    Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.3 billion shares, compared
with the 11.1 billion average over the last 20 trading days.

 (Reporting by Noel Randewich in Oakland, Calif., and Devik Jain
and Medha Singh in Bengaluru
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