US stocks : Dow up 0.5 pct
The winning streak is the longest in eight years and left the S&P 500 about 4.1 percent away from its all-time closing high of 1,565.15 on Oct. 9, 2007.
The equity market's strong start this year has been attributed to solid corporate results, an agreement in Washington to extend the government's borrowing power, encouraging signs from the global economy and seasonal inflows into stocks.
Procter & Gamble shares led the Dow and S&P higher with a 4 percent gain to $73.25 after the world's top household products maker's quarterly profit soared past expectations. The company also raised its sales and earnings outlook for the fiscal year.
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell in December but rose in 2012 to the highest level since 2009, a sign the U.S. housing market turned a corner last year.
"Economic data in the U.S. has been trending higher, albeit modestly. Things are incrementally better," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey.
"The market was able to move forward despite deterioration in Apple and that's also a positive."
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 70.65 points or 0.51 percent, to 13,895.98, the S&P 500 gained 8.14 points or 0.54 percent, to 1,502.96 and the Nasdaq Composite added 19.33 points or 0.62 percent, to 3,149.71.
The S&P 500 closed at its
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