Asian Stocks Climb on Strong Dow Close, US Service Report

It hit a record high of 19,592.95 - its 10th since the Nov.8 election. While stocks traded lower overall last week, banks are on a four-week winning streak since the election. Wall Street is hopeful that the Trump administration will offer policies that stimulate economic growth.

The small cap Russell 2000 .RUT index also hit a record high.

The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 1.1% to 5393.76 while Standard & Poor's 500 Index surged 1.3%, also to a new high. On Wednesday the S&P 500 rose 1.3% to a fresh record high close of 2,241.35, its biggest one-day gain since November 7, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.6%, adding almost 300 points to hit a record closing high of 19,549.62.

At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rocketed 297.84 points, or 1.55% to 19,549.62, the biggest one-day rise since Donald Trump was elected to the White House.

The market bellwether S&P 500 closed up 0.2% at 2246, off its record high during the day, and led by Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NASDAQ:EW), up 6.7% to $89.30. Cote said his price target for 2016 was 2250.

U.S. stocks optimistic ahead of European Central Bank meeting.

"In the United Kingdom but also more broadly, people are rotating into financials on expectations of higher inflation and higher yields", said Jasper Lawler, senior market analyst at London Capital Group, adding that the European Central Bank could help to support the sector when it meets on Thursday. Azzarello said investors expect that trend to continue.

While the ECB said its asset purchase program is being extended longer than anticipated, the bank also said it will slow the pace of purchases.

"Things were already improving before the election", Jeremy Zirin, chief equity strategist at UBS Wealth Management Americas, told the Wall Street Journal.

One area of volatility for the market on Thursday was in currencies.

Status quo in CFP rankings this week -- but chaos still could ensue gives the Badgers an 86 percent chance to make the playoff if they win their final two games. As a result, the Wolverines may have a tough time scoring against OSU's fourth-ranked defense in the country.

The euro initially gained against the dollar, but quickly reversed course.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 10 cents to $51.03 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

BONDS: U.S. government bond prices recovered from a sharp drop earlier in the day and were little changed in afternoon trading. A stronger dollar can serve as a drag for the domestic economy, eroding revenue for companies selling products overseas.

While reports on consumer sentiment and wholesale inventories are due to be released on Friday, traders may be reluctant to make significant moves ahead of next week's Federal Reserve meeting.

KEEPING SCORE: European shares opened generally higher. Visit for more information on this news.

Shares of Tailored Brands Inc.

Express Scripts plunged 6.6 per cent after it was targeted by short seller Citron Research, which accused it on Twitter of price gouging and called on Trump to take action against the pharmacy benefit manager. Similarly, shares of CVS Health Corp.(CVS) fell 3%. Shares jumped in response.

Data on initial jobless claims for the latest week is schedule for release at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The Fed has entered a self-imposed blackout period until its news conference on Dec.14.

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