Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Market Digest Online WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017: Investors kept an eye on Washington today with optimism thatare some of President Donald Trump's key proposal's coming to fruition — particularly tax reform, deregulation and government spending.

Stocks have rallied significantly since the U.S. election on hopes Trump's proposed policies would become reality. Since Nov. 8, the Dow and Nasdaq have risen more than 12 percent, while the S&P has climbed more than 9 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 150.52 points, or 0.73 percent, to close at 20,701.50, with Apple leading advancers and Johnson & Johnson the top decliner. The S&P 500 gained 16.98 points, or 0.73 percent, to end at 2,358.57, with financials leading all 11 sectors higher. The Nasdaq advanced 34.77 points, or 0.60 percent, to close at 5,875.14.

About three stocks advanced for every decliner at the New York Stock Exchange, with an exchange volume of 823.95 million and a composite volume of 3.332 billion at the close.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 11.5.

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