Stocks rose Friday, and the NASDAQ and the S&P achieved record closing highs as several pieces of positive news encouraged investors. New reports showed better than expected corporate earnings reports, a surge in home sales and accelerated manufacturing activity. For the week, the Dow rose 0.09 percent to close at 27,930.33. The S&P gained 0.77 percent to finish at 3,397.16, and the NASDAQ climbed 2.69 percent to end the week at 11,311.80.
Stocks ended mostly flat on Friday, with the S&P still failing to achieve a record high. The market appeared to be treading water as investors reacted to modestly improving retail sales and stalled stimulus talks as the Senate adjourned for its August recess. For the week, the Dow rose 1.87 percent to close at 27,931.02. The S&P gained 0.69 percent to finish at 3,372.85, and the NASDAQ climbed 0.09 percent to end the week at 11,019.30
Stocks were mixed Friday, thanks to a slightly better-than-expected July jobs report and gridlock between Democratic leaders and the White House over the next stimulus package. In other news, the Trump administration placed sanctions on 11 government officials in China and Hong Kong, and the President issued restrictions on Chinese social networks TikTok and WeChat in the U.S. over security concerns. For the week, the Dow rose 3.88 percent to close at 27,433.48. The S&P gained 2.49 percent to finish at 3,351.28, and the NASDAQ climbed 2.51 percent to end at 11,010.98.
Stocks closed Friday’s session and the month of July higher after trading lower earlier in the day. Uncertainty over the next stimulus package and falling consumer sentiment weighed on investors while strong quarterly earnings among major tech companies buoyed investors. The S&P achieved its fourth weekly gain, and the three major indices posted their fourth month of gains. For the week, the Dow fell 0.15 percent to close at 26,428.32. The S&P gained 1.75 percent to finish at 3,271.12, and the NASDAQ climbed 3.70 percent to end the week at 10,745.27.