The US stock markets closed higher on Thursday ahead of the Christmas holiday. Major indices on the Wall Street witnessed gain for the third day in a row. S&P 500 and Dow Jones both closed 0.6 percent higher, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.8 percent.
Technology companies and retailers performed well, while safe-play sectors such as real estate and utilities lagged behind.
US stock markets on Thursday:
The S&P 500 rose 29.23 points, or 0.6%, to 4,725.79.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 196.67 points, or 0.6%, to 35,950.56.
The Nasdaq rose 131.48 points, or 0.8%, to 15,653.37.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 19.67 points, or 0.9%, to 2,241.58.
US stock markets this week:
The S&P 500 is up 105.15 points, or 2.3%.
The Dow is up 585.12 points, or 1.7%.
The Nasdaq is up 483.69 points, or 3.2%.
The Russell 2000 is up 67.65 points, or 3.1%.
US stock markets for the year:
The S&P 500 is up 969.72 points, or 25.8%.
The Dow is up 5,344.08 points, or 17.5%.
The Nasdaq is up 2,765.09 points, or 21.5%.
The Russell 2000 is up 266.72 points, or 13.5%.
–With agency inputs