Better corporate earnings helped nudge the stock market higher on Thursday in one of the quietest sessions this year. Health-care companies led the major indexes to slight gains, while Berkshire Hathaway crossed another milestone, trading above $200,000 a share for the first time.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 61.78 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,713.58.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8.46 points, or 0.4 per cent, to close at 1,955.18.
The Nasdaq composite rose 18.88 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 4,453.00.
For the week:
The Dow is up 159.65 points, or 1 per cent.
The S&P 500 is up 23.59 points, or 1.2 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 82.10 points, or 1.9 per cent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 136.92 points, or 0.8 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 106.82 points, or 5.8 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 276.41 points, or 6.6 per cent.