S&P 500 finishes within points of record high close
By Caroline Valetkevitch (Reuters) - The S&P 500 jumped on Wednesday but finished just short of its February record closing high, in a broad rally led by tech stocks. The index during the session traded above its record high close of 3,386.15 from Feb. 19, before the onset of the coronavirus crisis in the United States that caused one of Wall Street's most dramatic crashes in history
By Caroline Valetkevitch
(Reuters) - The S&P 500 jumped on Wednesday but finished just short of its February record closing high, in a broad rally led by tech stocks.
The index during the session traded above its record high close of 3,386.15 from Feb. 19, before the onset of the coronavirus crisis in the United States that caused one of Wall Street's most dramatic crashes in history.
Heavyweights Microsoft Corp
The Nasdaq and Dow also rose sharply. The Nasdaq was the first of the three major indexes to bounce back to an all-time high in June. The Dow remains below its February peak.
With a better-than-feared second-quarter earnings season largely over, investors are preparing for the risk of a closely contested U.S. presidential election in the fall.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Senator Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president.
Investors also awaited news on stimulus talks. A breakdown in bipartisan talks over the next federal aid bill to help tens of millions of Americans suffering in the coronavirus pandemic entered a fifth day, with neither side ready to resume negotiations.
Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 1.03% to end at 27,971.9 points, while the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 1.38% to 3,379.81. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> climbed 2.1% to 11,009.76.
(Additional reporting by Medha Singh and Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur, Uttaresh.V and Tom Brown)
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