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U.S. stocks managed to close out the week with a small gain on Friday making it 11 straight positive closes for the Dow as it ended the day up 11-points, and it needed a 90-point rally in the last hour to get there. The international stocks saw some stiff losses on the day but they may react positively on Monday to Friday's late strength in the U.S. market, unless something changes overnight.
Stocks were mixed this week as we saw gains in large caps (C-fund) while small caps (S-fund) fell slightly. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up again Friday thanks to late buying in the last hour of trading to give the index its 11th consecutive day of gains. Utility stocks kept the S&P 500 in positive territory this week while financial stocks were underperforming as government bond yields dropped.
Talks of potential policies from the Trump administration, including tax cuts,
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Make it 10 for the Dow. The Dow gained 35-points on the day for a 10th straight day of gains. The broader indices were mixed with the S&P 500 up 1 while the Nasdaq, small
It's getting difficult to write these market summaries lately, without sounding like a broken record, but once again stocks got stronger as the day went along. The difference yesterday was that we finally saw a little bit of selling in the broader market indices despite the Dow being up for a 9th straight day gaining another 33-points.
The consistency of strong closes in the stock market over the last several weeks has been remarkable. No matter how much pressure the bears may try to put on during the day, we have seen buying into the close repeatedly. The Dow ended the day up another 119-points with gains at or near 0.50% across the board.