Stocks Close Higher For 6th Straight Day As Nasdaq, S&P 500 Notch Records

By Wallace Witkowski Markets MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday for a sixth straight day of gains with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq notching closing records. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 70.53 points, or 0.3%, to close at 21,082.95, less than 40 points shy of its March 1 closing record, led by more than 1% gains in shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. , Microsoft Corp. , and Travelers Cos. . The S&P 500 index finished up 10.68 points, or 0.4%, at a record 2,415.07, led by gains in tech and consumer-discretionary stocks with a 21% gain in shares of Best Buy Co. a big standout. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 42.23 points, or 0.7%, at a record 6,205.26.

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