Closing Update: Stocks Rally as Blue-Chips, S&P 500 Break Records; Nasdaq Recovers 2%

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Some of the leading stock indexes set new records and the broader market held onto strong gains Monday. Investors poured back into equities on the combination of bargain-hunting, upbeat corporate earnings, and a multi-billion dollar merger in the food industry. The S&P 500 closed at its all-time high of 1,896.65, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rallied nearly 2% as advances in biotechs, Twitter ( TWTR ), and Gogo ( GOGO ) helped drive the index, which has been lagging its index counterparts, to a near two-week high.

In economic news, the Treasury reported a $106.9 billion budget surplus in April, reversing a deficit of $36.9 billion the month prior, but falling short of estimates for a $114 billion surplus.

Tomorrow's calendar gives Wall Street more to sink its teeth in to, with retail sales forecast to increase 0.4% in April, while sales excluding autos should improve 0.6%.

Import and export prices should rise 0.2% and 0.4%, respectively. Finally, business will likely report a 0.5% build-up in inventories in March, continuing the trend from the month prior.

Here's where the markets stand at the close:

US MARKETS

Dow Jones Industrial Index was up 112 points (+0.7%) at 16,695

S&P 500 was up 18 points (+1%) at 1,896

Nasdaq Composite Index was up 71 points (+1.8%) at 4,143

GLOBAL SENTIMENT

FTSE 100 was up 0.55%

Nikkei 225 was down 0.35%

Hang Seng Index was up 1.82%

Shanghai China Composite Index was up 2.08%

UPSIDE MOVERS

(+) ARTX Upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley

(+) DRL Asked the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to repay $230 mln in tax receivables owed to the bank

(+) KIN Advances ahead of Q1 earnings

(+) WAVX WidePoint ( WYY ) will use WAVX's EMBASSY Security Center and Cryptographic Service Provider on customer devices

(+) GURE Earnings more than double from same quarter last year

DOWNSIDE MOVERS

(-) HPJ Reported a wider Q1 loss of $0.07 per share

(-) INSY Short-seller Bronte Capital issued a negative blog

(-) DXYN Announced 2.50 million public offering of common shares



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