The Dow gained 42.32 points, or 0.15%, to close at 28,164.00. The S&P 500 advanced 0.42% to 3,153.64. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.66% to 8,705.18. Stocks notched fresh record highs following the release of strong economic data.
The Commerce Department said durable goods orders rose 0.6% in October after a 1.4% drop in September. Weekly jobless claims, meanwhile, posted a surprise drop. Those positive data sets helped maintain the positive market sentiment that has been building in recent weeks. To be sure, Wednesday's session was more quiet than usual as many traders had already left for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Apple shares rose 1.34% and were among the biggest points contributors on the Dow. Under Armour shares gained 6.17% to push the S&P 500 consumer discretionary sector higher after a Raymond James analyst upgraded them.
The market will be closed on Thursday and Friday's session ends at 1 p.m. However, investors will keep an eye on consumer stocks such as Macy's, Kohl's and Gap as Black Friday sales rage. The S&P 500 could also notch its biggest one-month gain since June on Friday. Read more here.