At the close, the Dow’s gain was 55.36 points, or 0.2 percent, at 24,271.41. The S&P 500 index edged up 2.06 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,718.37. The Nasdaq composite rose 6.62 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,510.30. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 1.95 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,643.07. All four indexes ended the second three months of the year with gains with the Russell having the strongest showing, up 7.4 percent.
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