Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs

S&P 500, Nasdaq end at record highs as banks lead rally

Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs

After the closing bell, Nordstrom shares jumped 8.8% after reports that the high-end retailer chose private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners to help take the company private.

USA stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday, as investors found few catalysts to keep pushing shares higher with major indexes near record levels.

The gains came on the heels of a solid rally Monday after Hurricane Irma caused less damage in Florida than feared, and as anxiety about North Korea's nuclear program diminished.

XAutoplay: On | OffFutures for the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 traded narrowly below fair value, while Nasdaq 100 futures dipped 0.2%. Apple's release date of 3 November was later than some investors had expected.

Apple saw some of the steepest losses in opening trade.

The S&P 500 is up 249.28 points, or 11.1 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 1,049.15 points, or 19.5 percent. All three indexes closed at new all-time highs.

Banks were big beneficiaries of the improved sentiment, with JPMorgan Chase advancing 1.3 percent and Goldman Sachs 2.2 percent despite statements from bank executives reporting weakness in the trading business.

The S&P Utilities and Real Estate sectors were the laggards of the day, with 1.8 percent and 1.3 percent declines as investors shied away from interest rate- sensitive stocks.

About 5.91 billion shares changed hands on US exchanges, above the 5.79 billion 20-day average.

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