UPDATE: All 3 stock-market benchmarks log records for a second straight session
By Anneken Tappe and Ryan Vlastelica
Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite (and Russell 2000) register all-time highs
U.S. stock benchmarks booked another round of records on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 notching its sixth positive session in a row, as the market took its cues from upbeat data, including reports on vehicle sales.
What stock benchmarks are doing
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished 84.07 points, or 0.4%, higher at 22,641.47, marking its fifth daily gain in a row. The S&P 500 rose 5.46 points to 2,534.58, an increase of 0.2%, in its longest string of gains since a six-session advance that ended Sept. 1.
The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 15 points, or 0.2%, to 6,531.71, making Tuesday its sixth gain in a row.
The Russell 2000 Index , meanwhile, closed at an all-time peak for a second day in a row with a gain of 2.49 points, or 0.2%, to 1,511.97, after trading the small-cap index traded in fits and starts throughout the session. The index of small companies has trounced its larger-benchmark peers over the past 30 days, up nearly 7%, compared with a 3% rise for the Dow and a 2.3% gain for the S&P in that same period.
What was driving markets?