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S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials Close at Record Highs on Vaccine and Stimulus Optimism


The S&P 500 Index ($SPX) on Friday closed up +0.88%, the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) closed up +0.83%, and the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) closed up +0.49%.

U.S. stock indexes on Friday settled moderately higher, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials at new record highs. Stocks rallied on Covid vaccine optimism along with hopes for additional fiscal stimulus. Strength in energy stocks also lifted the overall market after crude oil prices rose more than +1% Friday to a 9-month high.

Stocks are seeing support from improved prospects for U.S. lawmakers to pass a pandemic relief package after House Speaker Pelosi on Friday said "there is momentum building" toward a compromise on the $908 billion fiscal stimulus plan.

Hopes for additional Fed stimulus also supported gains in stocks Friday on dovish Fed comments. Chicago Fed President Evans said the U.S. November jobs report was "a little disappointing." Also, Minneapolis Fed Preside... Read more

As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — By late morning on Oct. 28, staff at the University of Vermont Medical Center noticed the hospital’s phone system wasn’t working.

Iowa's contact-tracing firm helped Trump, Reynolds campaigns

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After facing a workforce shortage for months, Iowa awarded an emergency $2.3 million contact-tracing contract to a company that has worked for the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Gov. Kim Reynolds and is owned by a Republican insider.

Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias concerns

Prominent artificial intelligence scholar Timnit Gebru helped improve Google's public image as a company that elevates Black computer scientists and questions harmful uses of AI technology.

GOOGL : 1,823.76 (+0.11%)
AAPL : 122.25 (-0.56%)
Biden predicts 'bleak future' if Congress doesn't act on aid

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is predicting a “bleak future” if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the country's economic recovery.

Officials: Rodents likely destroyed rare plants at mine

RENO, Nev. (AP) — DNA evidence suggests rodents destroyed part of an area of an extremely rare desert wildflower being considered for endangered species protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday.

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks returned to record highs on Wall Street Friday as traders took a discouraging jobs report as a sign that Congress may finally move on delivering more aid for the pandemic-stricken economy.

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Today's New Highs & Lows

HIGHS LOWS DIFF
5-Day 2,340 449 1,891
1-Month 1,366 95 1,271
3-Month 1,122 30 1,092
6-Month 776 16 760
52-Week 358 2 356
YTD 369 2 367

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Issues Up 1,609 137 2,056
Issues Down 324 54 690
Issues Unch 26 14 52

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