US STOCKS-Nasdaq breaks record-high set during dotcom boom

jueves 18 de junio de 2015 11:55 GYT

* Nasdaq hits record-high of 5,137.36

* Weekly jobless claims fall to 15-year low

* Fitbit shares soar in IPO debut

* Indexes up: Dow 1.15 pct, S&P 1 pct, Nasdaq 1.34 pct (Updates prices)

By Tanya Agrawal

June 18 (Reuters) - The Nasdaq Composite index surpassed the 15-year all-time high it set during the peak of the dotcom bubble on Thursday as more data showed the U.S. economy was gathering steam.

The index hit 5,137.36, topping the previous high of 5,132.52 it touched on March 10, 2000. The S&P and Dow were at their highest levels since early June.

The Fed said on Wednesday that the U.S. economy was likely strong enough to withstand an interest rate increase later this year but cut its economic growth forecasts for 2015 because of a weak start to the year.

Even though a majority of Fed officials continue to see higher rates by the end of 2015, they expect rates to rise slightly less by the end of 2016 and 2017 than they did in their March forecasts.   Continuación...