Benchmark indexes extended record highs as Apple rallied and the International Monetary Fund indicated it will raise its outlook for the economy — ‘a cauldron of bullish factors,’ Donald Selkin at National Securities Corp. told Bloomberg News. He noted that the Fed’s saying it will keep interest rates low is also a factor. A report last week indicated the US economy expanded at a 4.1 percent annualized rate in the third quarter. The S&P 500 is up 28% so far in 2013, on course for its biggest annual rally since 1997. Three rounds of monetary stimulus have helped to send the index up more than 168% from a 12-year low in 2009. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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