US STOCKS-S&P 500 jumps more than 1%, again close to record high

The S&P 500 jumped on Wednesday, putting it just points away from its record closing high in a broad rally led by tech stocks. After closing lower on Tuesday amid worries over a stalemate in U.S. fiscal stimulus bill talks, the S&P 500 was up more than 1% in afternoon trading and once again within striking distance of its record high close of 3,386.15 from Feb. 19, before the onset of the coronavirus crisis in the United States that caused one of Wall Street’s most dramatic crashes in history. Heavyweights Microsoft Corp, Inc and Apple Inc were the top boosts to the S&P 500.

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