S&P 500 marks 51st record of 2021 matching the most in a calendar year as stocks clamber higher Wednesday

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U.S. stocks closed at or near records Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite booking back-to-back all-time highs, as investors bought financials and energy shares. The S&P 500 index
SPX,
+0.22%
marked its 51st record high this year, matching the greatest number of closing records to this point in a calendar year since 1995, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The S&P 500 rose by about 10 points, or 0.2%, to 4,496, on a preliminary basis, just shy of a round-number level at 4,500. The Nasdaq Composite
COMP,
+0.15%
closed 0.2% higher at around 15,042, marking its 30th record of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.11%,
meanwhile, finished up 0.1% at 35,406, closing within shouting distance of its Aug. 16 closing record at 35,625.40.

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