- Markets in US closed higher on Friday on hopes for tax reform with the Dow Jones notching its first weekly gain in last three weeks.
- Markets also got a boost from speeches by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and ECB President Mario Draghi. Yellen said the financial system is safer now than it was in the years surrounding the housing crisis, while Draghi said the global recovery is “firming up.”
- The Dow closed 30.27 points higher to end at 21,813.67. The S&P 500 ended 0.17% higher to close at 2,443.05, after energy and telecommunications stocks gained. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.09% to end at 6,265.64.