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    Tech and consumer companies, including Netflix, lead stocks to more records

    Technology and consumer-focused companies led US stocks to more records Tuesday. Netflix, at the center of both groups, soared after saying it gained more than 8 million subscribers at the end of 2017.

    Bond prices rose and yields fell after the Bank of Japan said it isn’t cutting back its stimulus programs. Yields had reached longtime highs, and the decline helped high-dividend companies like utilities and real estate investment trusts. Health care and household goods companies fell after Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble gave disappointing quarterly reports.

    US solar power companies spiked after President Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components. Some investors were relieved: Analysts said the tariffs will make production more expensive for US companies, but they weren’t as harsh as they could have been. Companies that do their manufacturing overseas finished lower, and some of the US companies gave up their gains before trading ended.


    ‘‘You could probably argue that this particular tariff is the first implementation of the protectionist rhetoric than he ran on,’’ said Randy Frederick, a vice president at Charles Schwab. That didn’t worry investors much, but Frederick said stocks might decline if there are signs other countries are retaliating or that the administration is preparing to take more aggressive steps.

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    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 0.2 percent, to 2,839.13. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 3.79 points to 26,210.81. The 30-stock index was pulled lower by Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble’s losses. The Nasdaq Composite jumped 0.7 percent, to 7,460.29. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 0.3 percent, to 1,610.71.

    Netflix said it picked up 8.3 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, a much stronger result than the company and analysts had expected. The streaming video company’s stock soared 10 percent.

    Big technology companies also rallied. Facebook rose 2.1 percent, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, gained 1 percent. Amazon climbed 2.7 percent.

    The tariff on imported solar-energy components will start at 30 percent and is aimed at cheaper imports from places like South Korea and China. The latter country called the measures an abuse of trade remedies.


    First Solar rose as much as 8.6 percent before falling 0.7 percent. SunPower gained 6.8 percent early on, but later fell 6.4 percent. Sunrun gained 6.1 percent. JinkoSolar Holdings sank 7.9 percent.

    The administration also placed a tariff of 50 percent on large washing machines and some components. Whirlpool climbed 3.2 percent.

    Johnson & Johnson dropped after the health care giant said sharply higher spending canceled out a big jump in sales. A federal appeals court also ruled against Johnson & Johnson, saying a patent on its rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade isn’t valid. Remicade is its biggest-selling drug and the ruling could lead to increased competition. Its stock shed 4.3 percent.

    Procter & Gamble lost 3.1 percent. It reported a bigger profit and better sales than Wall Street expected, but analysts said its profit margins were weak.

    Bond prices turned higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.62 percent from 2.66 percent. For the last few days, the 10-year yield has been at its highest level since September 2014.


    Benchmark US crude rose 1.4 percent, to $64.47 a barrel. Brent crude added 1.3 percent, to $69.96.