Summer doldrums? Not on Wall Street.
The stock market notched another first on Monday as the Standard & Poor’s 500 index nudged briefly past the 2,000-point mark and closed with its second record high in a week.
Investors have put aside those concerns for now, focusing instead on the improving outlook for the U.S. economy and the prospect of rising corporate earnings.
On Monday, traders were encouraged by some high-profile corporate deal news, which overshadowed sluggish sales of new homes.…