Wall Street sets fresh records

United States stocks close higher on better-than-expected US jobless claims data, second day of Bernanke testimony.

United States stocks set fresh closing record highs after US jobless claim data came in above expectations and as investors tracked earnings reports and ongoing testimony from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 78.02 points, or 0.50%, to 15,548.54 points.

The S&P 500 gained 8.46 points, or 0.50%, to close at 1,689.37 points.

The Nasdaq Composite inched up 1.28 points, or 0.04%, to close at 3,611.28 points.

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