NEW YORK U.S. stocks extended gains on Thursday and the S&P 500 followed the Dow Industrials to hit a record intraday high, as results from bellwethers including IBM and Morgan Stanley boosted investor confidence.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 76.15 points or 0.49 percent, to 15,546.67, the S&P 500 ained 7.57 points or 0.45 percent, to 1,688.48 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.06 points or 0.14 percent, to 3,615.06.
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With the Nifty breaching 8,500, sentiments are again bullish. But markets have been in the 8,200-8,600 range for some time and stocks across the board do not give the required confidence except for the liquidity factor. Many frontline stocks are not participating on the upside and the core sector is in a downtrend, writes Ambareesh Baliga. Column