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U.S. stocks climb as energy sector rallies a second straight session


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 23:26 WIB

Standard & Poor's 500Saham AS


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U.S. stock-market indexes were trading higher on Wednesday, driven by gains in energy and materials shares following a jump in oil prices.

The modest gains come as the market is awaiting the Federal Reserve’s sixth interest-rate increase since the end of 2015, and the central bank’s economic forecast could give investors clues to the pace of future increases.

The S&P 500 was up by 12 points, or 0.5%, to 2,729, with six of the 11 main sectors trading higher. Energy shares were leading gains, trading up more than 2.6%, as oil futures hit the highest levels in seven weeks. Consumer-staples shares were the worst performers, down about 1%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 135 points higher at 24,852, or 0.5%. The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 27 points, or 0.4%, to 7,390.

The cautious trade on Wednesday comes after stocks closed with gains on Tuesday.


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