U.S. stocks rose on Friday after the Senate passed a budget resolution, lifting hopes that President Donald Trump`s tax-cut plan may move forward.
The Senate`s approval late Thursday of a 2018 budget blueprint could pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.
The S&P 500 and the Dow, which climbed above 23,000 this week, were on track to post gains for a sixth straight week and the Nasdaq for a fourth straight week.
Some investors saw little reason to worry about the extended climb.
"This has been a healthy advance. It has been a slow, steady grind upward. There`s been extraordinarily low volatility," said Hank Smith, co-chief investment officer at Haverford Trust in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Consumer confidence remains elevated and regulatory relief has helped, he noted.
Financial stocks <.spsy> - expected to benefit from the administration`s proposed policies - rose 1.1 percent and were the best performer of the 11 major S&P sectors.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 129.65 points, or 0.56 percent, to 23,292.69, the S&P 500 <.spx> gained 11.28 points, or 0.44 percent, to 2,573.38 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> added 26.54 points, or 0.4 percent, to 6,631.61.
Third-quarter earnings season is under way and 183 S&P 500 companies are expected to report earnings next week. So far, more than 70 percent of the 88 S&P 500 companies have beaten profit expectations.
Shares of General Electric
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.37-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.52-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.
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