Tech rally sends Nasdaq 100 to record high, with broader Nasdaq not far behind

The Nasdaq 100 rallied to a record high on Thursday, supported as large-capitalization technology and internet stocks extended their massive year-to-date rally. The index NDX, +1.47% which is heavily concentrated with major tech stocks, gained 1.4% in midday trading, hitting an intraday record of 7,347.07. Supporting the index was Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +2.09% which added 2.2%, and Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, which was up 2.3%. Tech shares rose broadly, with Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.78% advancing 1.6% and Facebook Inc. FB, +1.73% up 1.9%. Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +1.97% which is classified in the consumer discretionary sector, rose 1.8%. The online retail giant has been the biggest boost to the index in 2018, having gained more than 50% thus far this year. According to Ben Carlson, a portfolio manager at Ritholtz Wealth Management, Amazon has by itself contributed 41% of the Nasdaq 100’s 14.9% year-to-date return. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.93% rose 0.9% on Thursday while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.84% rose 0.7% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +1.23% rose 1.1%, moving within 0.1% of a record of its own. At current levels, the Nasdaq is on track to close at a record.

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