S&P, Nasdaq hit record on gains in tech, financials

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The major USA stock indices are ending the day with gains (of varying amounts).

The tech sector (+0.8%) topped today's standings, followed closely by health care (+0.6%); on the flip side, the energy sector ended unchanged but led for the full week, up 1.9%.

Technology stocks slipped after gaining for two straight days and Apple's 0.76 percent fall weighed on the S&P and the Nasdaq.

Facebook's (FB.O) 1.15-percent gain provided the biggest lift to both the Nasdaq and the S&P to help pace the advance.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded about half a percent lower around $56.90, while US crude traded slightly lower near $51.42. The S&P 500 added 9.30 points, or 0.37 percent, to 2,519.36. The S&P 500 edged up about one-tenth of a percent to finish at 2,510.0-6. The sector was last up 0.27 percent.

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Daily December E-mini S&P 500 Index

Rising expectations for another interest rate hike by the year-end and Trump's tax-cut plan have dominated markets for most of the week.

"You see the market giving back a bit from yesterday, it's taking some profits off the reflation move", said Jeff Zipper, managing director at the U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Dow rose 40.49 points or 0.18% to 22381.20.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.47-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.54-to-1 ratio favoured advancers.

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