COMMENTS jumped after the retailer said it would evaluate a proposal to acquire the company for $1.30 to $1.40 a share.
Benchmarks have surged since the Federal Reserve promised to be patient in looking to increase interest rates in the new year.
Rising for a fourth session to end at a record, theclimbed 154.64 points, or 0.9 percent, to 17,959.44, with leading blue-chip gains that included 27 of 30 components.
Recording its 50th record close for 2014, thegained 7.89 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,078.54, with technology the best performing and health care hardest hit among its 10 major industry groups.
Thegained 16.04 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,781.42.
Trading volume was light ahead of the Christmas holiday on Thursday.
For every two shares sliding, three rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where nearly 791 million shares traded. Composite volume surpassed 3.3 billion.
Thefell against the currencies of major U.S. trading partners; the yield on the used to figure mortgage rates and other consumer loans fell a basis point to 2.1567 percent.
for February delivery dropped $1.87, or 3.3 percent, to $55.26 a barrel; the shed $16.20, or 1.4 percent, to $1,179.80 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.