(USA Today) Stocks defied skeptics again Friday, attracting attention from even the most hardened market-watchers. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at record highs.
The Dow gained 121.18 points, 0.8%, to 15,354.40. The S&P 500 ended up 15.65 points, 1%, to 1,666.12. And the Nasdaq composite index rose 33.72 points, 1%, to 3,498.97. It was the fourth straight week of gains for the indexes.