Shares of technology companies rose amid optimism about the artificial-intelligence boom. Nvidia shares rose ahead of the graphics-chip maker's earnings report next week.

Nvidia is the largest contributor to aggregate earnings from the tech sector of the S&P 500, said one strategist.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens there," said J.D. Joyce, president of Houston financial advisory Joyce Wealth Management.

Nvidia's popularity is a reflection of "AI, and the power and the significance of it," said Joyce.

Website-development company SquareSpace agreed to a $6.6 billion takeover by private-equity firm Permira.

Intel is in advanced talks for a transaction in which investment firm Apollo Global Management would supply more than $11 billion to help the chip giant build a plant in Ireland.

Electric-car maker Tesla is offering another classic incentive to move metal. It's an attractive, below-market, financing rate available for new Model Y electric vehicle purchases.

The Chinese bargain-hunting app Temu, which has gained spectacular popularity with American consumers, is shifting business priorities beyond the U.S. to Europe and other markets, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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