Activist investor Carl Icahn filed a lawsuit to try to block Dell Inc from setting a new record date ahead of a crucial shareholders' vote, raising the stakes in a battle to derail a $24.4 billion buyout of the world's No. 3 PC maker.
It's hard to believe, but the S&P 500 went six entire sessions without hitting a fresh, new all-time high. But thanks to the Fed's dovish assessment of the economy, traders were given all the incentive they need.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index broke through the 1,700 mark as data from around the world pointed to improving economic conditions.