Dow Ends Day Up 107
S&P 500, Nasdaq also close higher
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2017 3:16 PM CST
In a Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, stock traders follow market activity, at the New York Stock Exchange.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Newser) – Stocks and bond yields punched higher, marking new records for US indexes, following more reports showing the US economy continues to strengthen, the AP reports. The encouraging data out Wednesday could push the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more aggressively than investors were expecting from the record lows marked during the Great Recession. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.50%. Health care stocks rose more than the rest of the market. Endo International jumped 7.9%. Utilities and real estate companies fell. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 11 points, or 0.5%, to 2,349. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 107 points, or 0.5%, to 20,611. The Nasdaq composite increased 36 points, or 0.6%, to 5,819.

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