S&P 500 index ekes out another record high close

5:23 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
Traders John Panin, left, and Andrew O'Connor work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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NEW YORK (AP) - It was a squeaker, but the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed at its first all-time high of 2014.

The S&P 500 closed up nine points Wednesday, or 0.5 percent, at 1,848.38. That's just two-hundredths of a point above its previous high set on Dec. 31, 2013.

Other indexes also rose.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 108 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,481. That's 94 points short of the Dow's own record high, also from Dec. 31.

The Nasdaq rose 31 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,214.

Bank of America led other bank stocks higher with a 2 percent gain. It reported a surge in profit in the fourth quarter.

Technology stocks also rose sharply. Microsoft rose 2.7 percent and Apple gained 2 percent.


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