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The Nasdaq settles above its 6,000 milestone for the first time ever and scores a new record close by the end of the session.
Another big rally made for a day of milestones: the Dow and S&P 500 enjoyed their best back-to-back gains of the year, while the Nasdaq scored a new record.
Better-than-expected earnings from industry leaders including Caterpillar and McDonald's push the Dow to log triple-digit gains for the second day in a row, its best two-day stretch of the year.