Closing Bell: Casino Stocks Climb on Japan's Gambling Bill; Records For Wall Street

Wall Street scores another trifecta of record closes as a rally in the energy and tech sectors drive gains across benchmark indexes.
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Wall Street scored another trifecta of record closes as a rally in the energy and tech sectors drove gains across benchmark indexes. Energy got a big boost after ExxonMobil's (XOM) - Get Report CEO Rex Tillerson was nominated as secretary of state in the Trump administration. Casino stocks including Wynn Resorts (WYNN) - Get Report and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) - Get Report moved higher as Japan's government neared a vote to legalize gambling. A bill passed a parliamentary panel and will make its way through the upper house on Wednesday. Verifone (PAY) moved higher after a better-than-expected fourth quarter. However, the payment tech company did issue 2017 guidance that fell short of analysts' estimates. Amgen (AMGN) - Get Report climbed after Oppenheimer initiated coverage with an OUTPERFORM rating and $166 price target. The firm expects revenue to rise nearly 3% each year over half a decade. TheStreet's Keris Lahiff reports from Wall Street.