U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, marking the third straight week of gains for the market. Investors mostly focused on the latest company earnings news as they searched for insight into how the global economy is doing. Health care and consumer staple stocks were among the biggest risers.
For the day:
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 74.22 points, or 0.4 per cent, to close at 17,215.97.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 9.25 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,033.11.
The Nasdaq composite climbed 16.59 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,886.69.
For the week:
The Dow is up 131.48 points, or 0.8 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 18.22 points, or 0.9 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 56.22 points, or 1.2 per cent.
For the year:
The Dow is down 607.10 points, or 3.4 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is down 25.79 points, or 1.3 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 150.63 points, or 3.2 per cent.