United States stocks end at records again, extending rally

Traders work on the floor of the New York stock exchange on 8 January 2018. Reuters

Shares of Facebook tumbled Friday after it announced an overhaul of its newsfeed, while U.S. stocks added to records following data showing higher retail sales in December.

As the long Q4 earnings season gets underway this morning, records continue to fall, with the Dow up 0.7%, the S&P 500 0.4%, and the Nasdaq 0.5%.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 228.46, or 0.9 percent, to 25,803.19. However, the Nasdaq Composite Index was under pressure, trading flat at 7,213, as Facebook Inc.'s shares (FB) fell 4.5% after late Thursday announcing changes to the news feed on its social-network platform.

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The S&P 500 is up 112.63 points, or 4.2 percent.

It measures the daily stock price movements of 30 large, publicly-owned USA companies. The S&P 500 is now up 3.95% in the year's first few sessions.

Sales at online retailers soared 1.2 percent.

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Wells Fargo fell 0.8 percent after it set aside $3.25 billion in the fourth quarter to cover legal expenses related to probes into its mortgage and sales practices.

"A lot of these companies like Target and Home Depot are getting on with the internet ecosystem of e-commerce", said Josh Jalinski, president of Jalinski Advisory Group. On the Nasdaq, 1,808 issues rose and 1,069 fell.

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When asked to comment on Pakistan's reported move, U.S. under secretary of state Steve Goldstein said: "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan".

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