Five Records, One Day: S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq, Russell 2000, S&P Midcap Hit New Highs

It looks like the benchmark U.S. stock indices are pulling out all the stops.

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The S&P 500, as well as the Dow and the Nasdaq have all hit new record highs today, helped along by a sharp increase in oil prices. And joining the party are the small-cap Russell 2000 and the S&P Midcap 400.

It didnt take much to set those records. The S&P 500 climbed almost 13.6 points, or 0.6% in recent market action to trade at 2,195.53 after earlier rising as high as 2,197.53.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.4% today, while the Nasdaq gained 0.8% and the Russell 2000 added 0.3%. The S&P Midcap 400, meanwhile, climbed more than 0.5%.

As CNBC reported earlier:

The benchmark index on Monday hit a new record high for the first time since Aug. 15, breaking above 2,193.81. Leading the S&P higher were energy stocks, which surged around 2 percent on the back of soaring oil prices.

The S&P 500 reached its record on the same day the Dow Jones industrial average, the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite, the Russell 2000 and the S&P Mid Cap 400 all hit record highs. The Dow, Russell, Nasdaq and Mid Cap 400 had also hit record highs last week.

The S&P 500 was also within striking distance of 2,200. In October, a CNBC survey of 15 market strategists showed the average 2016 year-end S&P 500 target was 2,198.

Stocks have leap higher over the past two week, since the U.S. presidential election. Donald Trumps victory caused a race into equities by investors convince his proposed policies would benefit energy companies, banks and industrials.

Todays big winner has been energy stocks, with the iShares U.S. Energy ETF (IYE) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) each climbed more than 2%, lifted by a surge in crude oil prices.

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