Nasdaq finishes above 9,000 points for the first time


USA stocks closed narrowly mixed in light trading on Friday as Nasdaq snapped an 11-day streak of gains but remained above the 9,000 level.

The S&P index recorded 14 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 51 new highs and 15 new lows.

The tech-heavy index has been on its longest winning streak in more than two years, and is on track for its tenth straight record closing high. The S&P 500 advanced 16.53 points, or 0.51 percent, to 3,239.91.

Asian stocks looked set to open higher Friday after technology shares propelled USA benchmarks to fresh record highs.

-China trade relations and gains in shares of after a report signaled robust online holiday sales. The S&P 500 has risen 2.6% this month and 8.2% this quarter, bring the year-to-date gains to 28.6%. That would mark its biggest gain since 2013.

A report by Mastercard Spending Plus estimated that holiday shopping sales rose 3.4 percent this year, which was better than expected, with e-commerce taking a bigger bite of overall sales. Trading volume was lighter than usual as US markets reopened after the Christmas holiday.

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'That's just a confirmation that the consumer is incredibly strong and resilient and helping to power the economy to better numbers, ' said Jeff Kravetz, regional investment director for U.S. Bank Wealth Management.

Energy stocks rose as crude oil prices headed higher.

Consumer discretionary was the biggest victor among the S&P 500 sectors, spurred by Amazon.

Other indexes closed near record highs. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.4%, weighed down by losses in mining and food companies. Amazon climbed 1.3% and Ulta Beauty added 1.4%.

United States stocks hit record highs last night in an end-of-year rally. Brent crude, used to price global oils, advanced 9 cents to $66.85 per barrel in London. Ten-year Treasury yields fluctuated around 1.9 per cent while the dollar slipped versus major peers as US jobless claims data came in close to expectations.

Benchmark U.S. crude gained 56 cents to $61.67 per barrel. The consumer foods company rose 1.5%. India's Sensex lost 0.3% to 41,339.87.