US stocks push higher; Dow in fresh record

US stocks brushed off an early move toward a correction and added to the bull run, with the Dow setting a fresh record for the fifth day straight.

A late thrust upward by Apple shares, which finished 1.4 percent higher, also took the S&P 500 tantalizingly close to its all-time record.

At the close the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 50.22 points (0.35 percent) at 14,447.29.

The broader S&P 500 gained 5.04 (0.32 percent) to 1,556.22, still nine points below the all-time closing high set on October 9, 2007.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite meanwhile gained 8.50 points (0.26 percent) to 3,252.87.