Wall Street ends at record high, led by banks; Apple weighs

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The S&P 500, Dow Jones industrials and Nasdaq Composite clocked record closes, with investors drawn to riskier assets as concerns about United States tensions with North Korea eased and the financial impact from Hurricane Irma appeared less severe than was feared last week.

US stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday, as investors found few catalysts to keep pushing shares higher with major indexes near record levels.

New York- Wall Street stocks jumped to fresh records Tuesday, boosted by financial shares that led a rally on easing fears over North Korea and U.S. hurricanes.

Apple's shares had a volatile afternoon and were last down 0.3 percent at $160.95, below a session high of $163.96, as investors reacted to its unveiling of the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone. Apple's release date of 3 November was later than some investors had expected.

USA benchmarks started lower on Wednesday, to slip from record highs, as traders digested the fallout from the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) launch.

The S&P 500 is up 249.28 points, or 11.1 percent.

Financials rose more than 1 percent, with numerous biggest banks gaining between 1 percent and more than 3 percent. All three indexes closed at new all-time highs. Pfizer (PFE) gained the most on the Dow, while Goldman Sachs (GS) and Caterpillar (CAT) also rose in another day of widely spread gains.

Stocks advanced to record highs today as investors embraced risk for a second day. The Nasdaq Composite Index was off 15 points, or 0.2%, to 6,439.

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