S&P 500, Dow near record highs on solid forecasts from healthcare firms

By Devik Jain and Shreyashi Sanyal (Reuters) -The S&P 500 and the Dow inched closer to record highs on Wednesday after strong forecasts from healthcare companies Anthem and Abbott, while the Nasdaq lagged as technology stocks took a breather. The Dow Jones Industrials Average was just short of all-time highs reached in mid-August, while the benchmark S&P 500 index traded 0.2% below its early September record. Ten of the 11 major S&P 500 sector indexes were trading higher, led by healthcare stocks, while technology shares were down 0.1%. Financials gained 0.5% to hit a record high. The S&P 500 Value