Stock indexes opened solidly higher Friday, with Wall Street looking to produce a third consecutive gain to end a volatile week that has led to a number of historic performances for equity benchmarks, as stocks attempt to close out December on a high note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 90 points, or 0.3%, at 23,219, the S&P 500 index
advanced 0.3% at 2,497, while the Nasdaq Composite Index
picked up 0.1% at 6,587. On Thursday, the Dow industrials rose 260.37 points, or 1.1%, to end at 23,138.82, after dropping as many as 611 points in a session low. The turnaround by some measures marked one of the largest on record for blue chips. And the Dow’s biggest ever one-day point rise came Wednesday, when it ended with a gain of 1,086.25 points, or 5%, to 22,878.45. In corporate news, shares of Tesla Inc.
rose after the company added Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison to its board.
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