- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Big gains for technology and health care companies and the rising price of oil helped U.S. stocks set records again Wednesday. Rising crude and heating oil prices both gave energy companies a boost.

On Wednesday:

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 17.25 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,713.06.

The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 98.67 points, or 0.4 percent, to 24,922.68.

The Nasdaq composite jumped 58.63 points, or 0.8 percent, to 7,065.53.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks inched up 2.56 points, or 0.2 percent, 1,552.58.

For the week:

The S&P; 500 is up 39.45 points, or 1.5 percent.

The Dow is up 203.46 points, or 0.8 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 162.14 points, or 2.3 percent.

The Russell 2000 is up 17.07 points, or 1.1 percent.


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