(CNBC) U.S. stocks closed about 1 percent higher on Thursday, with the Nasdaq briefly topping its intraday high from March 2000. The Fed's dovish statement from Wednesday afternoon boosted investor sentiment amid the Greece debt talks. (Tweet This)
There's "confidence the Fed is not going to be moving aggressively," said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Boston Private Wealth. He said without the Greek overhang, "I think the markets do even better."
The Nasdaq Composite gained more than 1 percent to end above its closing high set in late May. Earlier, the index traded above its all-time record high of 5,132.52 set in intraday trade on March 10, 2000, during the tech bubble.
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