The Dow and S&P 500 gained to finish at five-year highs in choppy trading Tuesday, ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address later this evening.
With the Dow's move higher, the blue-chip average is now about 1 percent from its all-time record close of 14,164.53 hit on October 9, 2007. The Dow is up more than 7 percent so far in 2013.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average [ .DJI 18232.02 -53.72 (-0.29%) ] rose 47.46 points, or 0.34 percent, to close at 14,018.70, led by Bank of America.
The S&P 500 [ .SPX 2126.06 -4.76 (-0.22%) ] added 2.42 points, or 0.16 percent, to finish at 1,519.43. The Nasdaq [ .IXIC 5089.36 -1.43 (-0.03%) ] slid 5.51 points, or 0.17 percent, to end at 3,186.49.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, ended below 13.
Among key S&P sectors, financials climbed to a fresh four-year high, while techs finished in the red. S&P financial stocks that hit new multi-year highs include T.Rowe Price [ TROW 81.57 -0.12 (-0.15%) ], American Express [ AXP 81.25 +0.49 (+0.61%) ] and AIG [ AIG 59.88 -0.34 (-0.56%) ].
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