The Nasdaq composite index climbed 64 points, or 1.60 per cent, to 4,001, jumping past the 4,000 mark for the first time, while the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average surged 200 points, or 1.79 per cent, to 11,403.
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ALL THREE major US stock market indices flew to record highs by midday as computer hardware and software companies led a technology-driven "Santa Rally" on the last trading day ahead of the Christmas holiday.