The Dow Jones Industrial Average marked a third straight record close, again with just small gains. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq weren't as lucky, holding in the red until close and snapping their own record-breaking streak.
Boeing Co. (BA) ended at an all-time high as its shares rose for a second day in a row. The aerospace company got a lift after a pleasingly upbeat outlook a day earlier in which the company said it would increase production of its 787 Dreamliner to 14 a month by 2019.
A surge in crude oil drove energy stocks higher for their second straight day. West Texas Intermediate traded above $50 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in more than one month.
Morgan Stanley is bullish on Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) after being bought out by Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) . The firm forecasts that the supermarket chain can more than double its number of customers by 2020.
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