During its stretch, the benchmark logged 38 all-time closing highs—the most at the half since 1986 when 52 record closes were tallied.
However, the Nasdaq’s outlook is in question after a week that sees it pacing a roughly 2% drop and 0.9% slide in June, which marks its first monthly loss since a 2.3% fall last October, according to FactSet data.
NFLX, -0.45% and Google-parent Alphabet, collectively known in the parlance of market analysts as FAANG, with some including Microsoft Corp.
equity benchmarks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.29% and the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.15% logged the best performances in the first half since 2013.
By comparison, the equal-weighted S&P Equal Weight Index SPXEW, +0.29% which confers equal weights to all companies in the S&P 500, is up 7.1% to the first six months of 2017.