U.S. equities ended higher Wednesday, with the Nasdaq composite hitting a new all-time high.

The technology sector led the gains. This comes as the president announced no lives were lost in the recent attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq.

Volume on the New York Stock Exchange was high, with 954 million shares traded. Advancers outnumbered decliners.

Gold fell $14.80 to $1,559.50, and crude oil prices fell $2.38 to $60.32 a barrel.

The 30-year Treasury yield closed higher at 2.36 percent, and the 10-year Treasury yield finished higher at 1.87 percent.

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