The S&P 500 gained nearly 0.4% to 1,593.37, also a new record and putting the broad index just 0.4% away from 1,600.
"It's a market that's climbed the walls of worry. When there are pullbacks, the market rebounds quickly," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer at Solaris Asset Management.
The outlier was the Nasdaq , which was dragged down by weakness in the tech sector. Shares of PC-related companies extended the prior day's sell-off following news that PC sales fell 14% worldwide last quarter.
Herbalife ( spiked 3% after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed )insider trading charges against the former KPMG partner who was fired after allegedly leaking insider trading information. KPMG resigned as auditor of the nutritional supplement company on Wednesday.
On the economic front, investors largely shrugged off a better-than-expected weekly report on initial jobless claims.
Retailers also reported a mixed bag of February same-store sales -- a key metric used to gauge consumer spending.
Shares of Yum Brands (Fortune 500) were slightly higher after falling in premarket trading. The restaurant operator revealed that its , same-store sales in China dropped in March amid an ongoing food safety scandal and concerns about bird flu.
Despite the company's recall of 1.7 million vehicles because of airbag defects, Toyota ( shares rose. )Honda ( shares also gained, even after the automaker said it was recalling 1.1 million vehicles with airbag problems. Shares of airbag supplier Takata Corp closed down 9% in Tokyo. )
Meanwhile, corporate results continued to roll in.
Drugstore chain Rite Aid (Fortune 500) swung to a profit in the latest quarter, trouncing forecasts and sending shares up 19%. , Bed Bath & Beyond (Fortune 500) reported earnings in line with forecasts, as sales continued to rise. ,
European markets closed higher, supported by Wall Street's record-breaking run.
Oil prices were lower, while gold prices were slightly higher.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.79% from 1.81% Tuesday.
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