A rare run for the S&P 500 matches the advance at its all-time high

The S&P 500 index has not fallen more than 1% during 38 consecutive sessionsa Rbullish ax that was equaled for the last time at the end of 2021 when investor optimism fueled the recovery to its all-time high.

The hype around artificial intelligence has been spurring demand for growth stocksand the technology sector was initially the main driver of the S&P’s rally, driven by gains this year of more than 220% to Nvidia Corp.; about 60% for Amazon.com Inc.; 50% to Apple Inc.; and double-digit gains for Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

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The breadth has now improved significantly, as 168 stocks in the index are trading just 5% off their 52-week high. About 327 stocks are within 15% of their one-year high.