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(AP Photo/Richard Drew) For the year so far, the Dow has climbed 17.2 percent, while the S&P 500 has gained 16.8 percent and the Nasdaq has advanced 15.9 percent.
Dow, S&P 500 close at record highs, again
First Published May 14 2013 02:25 pm • Last Updated May 14 2013 02:25 pm

New York • The stock market is back in record territory after an upturn in small-company stocks.

A survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business found that small business owners were slightly more optimistic in April.

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That helped send the Russell 2000 index of small company stocks up 1.3 percent, more than other market indexes.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 123 points to close at a record 15,215 Tuesday, a gain of 0.8 percent. It was the 18th straight Tuesday of gains for the Dow.

The Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose 16 points, to 1,650, or 1 percent.

The Nasdaq composite rose 23 points, to 3,462, a gain of 0.7 percent.

Sony jumped 10 percent after a hedge fund manager proposed that the company be broken up.




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