Dow industrials, S&P 500 rally mightily on Friday but fail to avoid longest weekly losing streak in over a year

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U.S. stocks finished a weekly trading stretch, marked by wild swings, on a higher note, shrugging off uncertainty about additional coronavirus stimulus from Washington, rising cases of coronavirus and a stall-out in some components of economic data. Investors still turned to the perceived safety of technology stocks, helping the Nasdaq Composite avoid a fourth consecutive weekly slide, but the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average booked their fourth weekly drop, matching their longest such losing skid since Aug. 23, 2019, FactSet data show. The Dow finished the session up by about 360 points, or 1.3%, at about 27,174, while the S&P 500 closed 1.6% higher at around 3,298, on a preliminary basis. For the week, the Dow booked a 1.8% decline while the S&P 500 lost 0.6% over the five-session stretch. The Nasdaq Composite, however, closed up 2.3% on the session to reach 10,913, on a preliminary basis. That helped the tech-laden benchmark record a 1.1% weekly gain erasing a fall of that magnitude, from which it started Friday trade.
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