U.S. Stocks Little Changed With S&P 500, Dow Average at RecordsU.S. equity benchmarks rose to records and the Russell 2000 Index rallied to the highest since April, as European Central Bank stimulus boosted optimism in the global economy before tomorrow��s jobs report.

Twitter Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. soared more than 3 percent after hedge fund manager David Tepper expressed renewed confidence in U.S. equities.

The Standard & Poor��s 500 Index rose 0.6 percent to 1,940.29 at 4 p.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 96.65 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,834.18. Both indexes were trading at all-time highs. The Russell 2000 of smaller companies jumped 2 percent. Trading in S&P 500 companies was 6.5 percent below the 30-day average for this time of day.

ECB President Mario Draghi reduced the deposit rate to minus 0.1 percent from zero, making the institution the world��s first major central bank to use a negative rate. Policy makers lowered the benchmark rate to 0.15 percent from 0.25 percent.

Source : Bloomberg