(CNBC) Stocks rose on Friday, the first day of March, as investors built on the market's strongest start to a year in nearly three decades.
The S&P 500 ended the day up 0.7 percent at 2,803.69, closing above 2,800 for the first time since Nov. 8. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 110.32 points higher at 26,026.32 as Nike and Chevron outperformed. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.8 percent to 7,595.35, led by gains in Amazon.
The S&P 500 traded around the key 2,800 level for most of this week, briefly breaking above it on Monday and Tuesday on an intraday basis.
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