NEW YORK - A two-point gain was enough to push the S&P 500 index to its highest level since June 2008, three months before the collapse of Lehman Bros. and the darkest days of the financial crisis.
The S&P 500 index closed at 1,365.74, beating its 2011 closing high by two points.
For the second day this week, the Dow Jones industrial average nudged above 13,000 then pulled back. The Dow dropped 1.74 points to close at 12,982.95. American Express was the leading stock among the 30 that make up the average, gaining 1.2 percent. The average hasn't closed above 13,000 since May 19, 2008.