By Gina Lee
By Yasin Ebrahim
Stocks stretched into record territory on Thursday, a familiar theme to investors a day after the Federal Reserve assured the markets it wasn’t about to let its foot off the economic gas pedal anytime soon. On Thursday, data on real gross domestic product showed the economy grew at 6.5% annual rate in the second quarter, missing expectations for nearly 8.5% growth. The upside surprise in consumer spending offset weekly jobless claims data and gave a boost to economically-linked cyclical stocks including energy, materials and financials.