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Yellen keeps the markets calm

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The regular session saw a fairly broad rally. If Janet Yellen's goal was to keep the markets calm while still talking about rate increases down the road, she accomplished that goal.

There were almost two stocks advancing for every one declining at the NYSE.

Once again, all the major indices hit new intraday highs. The S&P 500, Dow Industrials, S&P Midcap, Russell 2000, and Wilshire 5000 all at historic highs again.

The only shortfall is the Dow Transports, still not at new highs.

And while the NASDAQ is still just short of its historic closing high (5,048 on March 10, 2000), the NASDAQ--I mean the stock-- is at an historic high. In fact, Intercontinental Exchange , owner of the NYSE, is also at an historic high. CME is at the highest level since 2008.

Among sectors, many of the biggest names in the S&P 500 are at least at 52-week highs:

Industrials: Illinois Tool Works, 3M, Tractor Supply, Textron, Lockheed Martin

Retail: Kohls, Stanley Black & Decker, Ross Stores, AutoZone, Home Depot, Lowe's

Tech: Texas Instruments, Apple, Cisco

Home builders: Pulte, Lennar

  • Bob Pisani

    A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani covers Wall Street from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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