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Stocks tick up as game makers jump, but banks skid

US stock indexes finished with small gains Wednesday as video game makers gave technology companies a boost and household goods companies rose. But a recent decline in interest rates continued to put pressure on banks. Bank of America fell 1.4 percent, and Comerica shed 1.3 percent. Still, banks are trading around their highest levels in a decade.

‘‘Grand Theft Auto’’ maker Take-Two Interactive Software soared 10.6 percent after it reported better-than-expected sales, while Activision Blizzard jumped 5.9 percent after it said the newest ‘‘Call of Duty’’ game had a strong debut over the weekend.

Technology companies rose for the tenth day in a row. They have climbed almost 40 percent in the past 12 months, including Wednesday’s gains.

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Companies that make and sell household goods, like Colgate-Palmolive and Wal-Mart, gained ground, as well. Energy companies declined and banks fell again; interest rates have weakened since late October, which makes mortgages and other loans less profitable.

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The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.1 percent, to 2,594.38. The Dow Jones industrial average gained less than 0.1 percent, to 23,563.36. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.3 percent, to 6,789.12. All three closed at record highs. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 0.2 percent, to 1,481.73.

Bond prices inched lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.33 percent from 2.32 percent. Yields reached a seven-month high in late October but have slipped since then.

Time Warner Cable slumped after AT&T said it doesn’t know when its purchase of the media company will close. News reports citing unidentified people said the Justice Department wants to require the companies to sell Turner Broadcasting, or else sell satellite TV provider DirecTV, which AT&T bought in 2015. Time Warner Cable has slumped over the last month as investors wonder if the $85 billion deal will still happen. On Wednesday, its stock slid 6.5 percent, while AT&T’s rose 1.1 percent.