S&P 500, Dow achieve record closes as stocks rise NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks advanced on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average scoring record closes after better-than-expected reports on consumer sentiment, employment and Chicago-area business conditions. The S&P 500 gained 4.48 points, or nearly 0.3%, to finish at 1,807.23, topping Friday's record close. The Dow jumped 24.53 points, or almost 0.2%, to end at 16,097.33 for its fifth straight record close. The Nasdaq Composite tacked on 27 points, or 0.7%, to finish at 4,044.75. The Nasdaq moved further above 4,000 after closing above that milestone level for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday.