TECH TOPS: The Nasdaq composite index, heavy with technology stocks, briefly cracked 3,000 on Wednesday for the first time since dot-com stocks collapsed more than a decade ago.
APPLE ROCKS: Apple, the Nasdaq's biggest component, topped $500 billion in market value. It's the only company above the half-trillion mark, and only the sixth in U.S. corporate history to grow so big.
TAKING STOCK: Major indexes closed lower but still had their best February since 1998. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 4.1 percent for the month, the Dow Jones industrial average 2.5 percent and the Nasdaq 5.4 percent.