US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Dow hits record close; Fed signals gradual approach to rate hikes

NEW YORK, July 12 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday,
pushing the Dow to a record high close, after Federal Reserve
Chair Janet Yellen said interest rates hikes would be gradual
and rates will not have to rise much further to reach a neutral

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 123.72 points, or 0.58 percent, to
21,532.79, the S&P 500 gained 17.88 points, or 0.74
percent, to 2,443.41 and the Nasdaq Composite added
67.87 points, or 1.1 percent, to 6,261.17.
(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Nick Zieminski)