Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday, lifting the S&P 500 to its fourth straight gain and pulling it within 2% of the all-time high it set in February, the AP reports. Companies that rely on consumer spending, banks, industrial, and technology stocks accounted for a big share of the gains, which helped nudge the Nasdaq composite to a record high. Treasury yields and gold prices rose. In detail:
- The S&P 500 rose 21.26 points, or 0.6%, to 3,327.77.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 373.05 points, or 1.4%, to 27,201.52.
- The Nasdaq composite added 57.23 points, or 0.5%, to 10,998.40.
- The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks gained 29.02 points, or 1.9%, to 1,546.24.
But CNBC's Jim Cramer wasn't impressed, saying "clueless" buyers are driving up the market with unfounded enthusiasm: "Sometimes the market rallies and it makes perfect sense," he said, per MarketWatch. "Then there are days like today, when I can't take how stupidly bullish this market can be."
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