That is how close the Dow Jones Industrial Average came to smashing the 20,000 mark for the first time in history.
The blue-chip average was lifted on Friday by a jobs report that showed the pace of American wage growth hit the fastest rate since 2009 as the unemployment rate held at less than half of its all-time peak.
The Dow and S&P 500 both notched new all-time peaks. The more tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite also struck a new record high.
The upbeat jobs data also ignited a sell-off in US government bonds. The policy-sensitive two-year Treasury note yield jumped 5.2 basis points to 1.21 per cent, while the 10-year yield was up 7.3 basis points to 2.42 per cent.
The US dollar advanced by 0.7 per cent against a basket of six global currencies, with the UK pound skidding 1 per cent.