Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks sharply higher, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points for the first time after President Donald Trump struck a more conciliatory note in a major address Tuesday night.
All three major US equity indices smashed past records, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging 1.4 percent to end at 21,110.83.
Wednesday's gain was the biggest for the blue-chip index so far this year.
Energy companies also rose. Bank of America rose 3.8 percent and ConocoPhillips rose 3.1 percent.
The rally came a day after Trump reaffirmed plans to cut taxes and push for other business-friendly policies.
Bond prices fell and yields rose after New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley said the case for raising interest rates had gotten stronger.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 32 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,395. The Nasdaq composite increased 78 points, or 1.4 percent, to 5,904.