U.S. stocks advanced leading the S&P 500 near its all-time high. The Nasdaq extended gains for the fifth straight day hitting another 14-year high. Investors rallied on better-than-expected earnings, upbeat housing data along with tame inflation numbers. Apple (AAPL) hit $100 a share for the first time since its seven-for-one split in June. Aeropostale (ARO) closed better than 19 percent higher.
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