Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index climbing to an all-time high, as health care companies rallied and small-cap shares rebounded from Monday's declines.Medtronic Inc. and Actavis Plc rallied more than 3.8 percent to pace gains among health care companies. Urban Outfitters Inc. dropped 8.5 percent after the clothing retailer posted third-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates. The Russell 2000 Index of small-cap shares added 0.8 percent. Trading in S&P 500 companies was 21 percent below the 30-day average for this time of the day.Health care companies jumped 1.3 percent, while raw material producers climbed 0.9 percent.Actavis rose 6.5 percent, the most in the S&P 500, to a record $263.98 . Covidien Plc, which is being acquired by Medtronic, climbed 2.9 percent.
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