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Tax progress propels stock indexes to new records

Stock trader Aaron Ford works at the New

Stock trader Aaron Ford works at the New York Stock Exchange, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday.

Investors welcomed signs that Congressional Republicans were solidifying support for a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws ahead of an expected vote next week.

Technology stocks led the gains, which more than wiped out the market’s losses from the day before. Health care companies and banks also posted solid gains. Energy stocks were the only laggard.

Small-company stocks, which stand to benefit most from lower corporate tax rates, rose more than the rest of the market.

“The tax bill seems to be the driver right now,” said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank. “The market just thinks it will get done.”

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.9 percent, to 2,675.81. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 143.08 points, or 0.6 percent, to 24,651.74. The Nasdaq added 1.2 percent, to 6,936.58. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 1.6 percent, to 1,530.42.

The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all closed at record highs and finished the week with gains. — AP

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