Markets Close With Solid Gains
S&P 500 comes close to record high
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Specialist Mario Picone works on a keyboard at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew))

(Newser) – Major US stock indexes are closing with solid gains, bringing the Standard & Poor's 500 and another key index just short of setting all-time highs, the AP reports. Companies that make basic materials and consumer-focused stocks like retailers posted the biggest gains Wednesday. Automakers Ford and General Motors each rose 5% after posting strong December sales numbers. Gap rose 3%. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60 points, or 0.3%, to 19,942. The S&P 500 gained 12 points, or 0.6%, to 2,270, one point short of its record high close from last month. The Nasdaq composite rose 47 points, or 0.9%, to 5,477. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks rose 1.6% and was just shy of its own all-time high close.

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