NEW YORK – Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:
Dow Chemical Co. rose $.20 or .4 percent, to $53.08.
DuPont Co. rose $.42 or .6 percent, to $66.29.
The Nasdaq Composite crossed the 5000 mark for the first time in 2000, the height of the dot com bubble. Meanwhile, the broader U.S. averages also had a strong showing, with the Dow and S&P 500 setting new closing highs.