Retailers and other consumer companies rose slightly amid deal activity.
Appliance maker Whirlpool agreed to buy Emerson Electric's InSinkErator waste-disposal gadget making unit for about $3 billion.
Poultry processor Tyson Foods said more consumers are choosing to buy chicken and cheaper cuts of beef, a sign shoppers are becoming more cost-conscious as food prices rise.
Australian carrier Qantas Airways is asking managers and executives to help with on-the-ground tasks such as unloading luggage as it grapples with a labor shortage and employees being out sick.
Blue Apron Holdings rallied after the meal-kit maker struck a deal with Walmart to feature its meals at the giant retailer's locations.
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