Dow ends at 71st record close of 2017 as U.S. stocks end modestly higher
U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, as a broad rally helped power the Dow to a record-breaking number of all-time closing peaks in a single year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 60 points, or 0.2%, to 24,834. The blue-chip average logged its 71st record close of the year. That extends the Dow's record-setting streak; prior to 2017, the most closing records it had ever posted in a year was 69. The S&P 500 rose 5 points to 2,687, a gain of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 11 points, or 0.2%, to 6,950. The day's gains were broad, with ten of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors ending up on the day. Financials were particularly strong, with the sector up 0.4%. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. rose 0.5% on the day while Wells Fargo & Co. ended up 0.6%.