"It’s earnings coming from the Dow companies, the largest of the large, in particular Caterpillar, really driving on the theme that U.S.
The Nasdaq hit a record level of 6,036.02, breaching 6,000 for the first time, powered by gains in index heavyweights Apple (AAPL.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O).
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 232.23 points, or 1.12 percent, to 20,996.12, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 14.46 points, or 0.61 percent, to 2,388.61 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 41.67 points, or 0.7 percent, to 6,025.49.
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