U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday with the major indexes hitting session highs supported by strong data on new private-sector jobs and the services sphere.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 27.21 points, or 0.23 percent, to 11,718.39. The Standard & Poor's 500 <.SPX> rose 4.34 points, or 0.34 percent, to 1,274.54. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 15.72 points, or 0.59 percent, to 2,696.97.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)