Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday for the second straight day as traders turned hopeful that meetings in Washington will yield progress on the long-running U.S.-China trade dispute.
Markets were encouraged after President Donald Trump said he would meet with China’s lead negotiator on Friday. Technology and financial stocks powered much of the rally.
The S&P 500 rose 18.73 points, or 0.6%, to 2,938.13.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 150.66 points, or 0.6%, to 26,496.67.
The Nasdaq added 47.04 points, or 0.6%, to 7,950.78.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 5.90 points, or 0.4%, to 1,485.36.
For the week:
The S&P 500 is down 13.88 points, or 0.5%.
The Dow is down 77.05 points, or 0.3%.
The Nasdaq is down 31.69 points, or 0.4%.
The Russell 2000 is down 15.34 points, or 1%.
For the year:
The S&P 500 is up 431.28 points, or 17.2%.
The Dow is up 3,169.21 points, or 13.6%.
The Nasdaq is up 1,315.51 points, or 19.8%.
The Russell 2000 is up 136.80 points, or 10.1%.