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By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Dow industrials hit a record high on Friday as stocks rallied on Wall Street after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its own package of U.S. economic incentives.
The S&P 500 came within 0.25 percent of its record and the December e-minis contract hit an intraday record earlier.
Gains were broad, with close to 90 S&P 500 components hitting new 52-week highs and around 90 more trading within 2 percent of a record.
The BOJ's board voted 5-4 to accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds while tripling its purchases of exchange-traded funds and real-estate investment trusts.
At the same time, Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund announced new allocations for its portfolio, including raising its holdings of domestic and foreign stock holdings to 25 percent each from 12 percent. A Nikkei newspaper report on this announcement on Thursday contributed to an afternoon move higher in U.S. stocks. Continuación...