Traders continued to watch the political situation in
Geopolitical concerns may take on a bigger role next week, when there will be few U.S. earnings and data releases to otherwise drive trading.
A report showed existing home sales fell more than expected to an 18-month low in January, the latest metric to indicate softness, though many analysts pin the weakness to weather instead of worsening fundamentals.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 33.06 points, or 0.20 percent, at 16,166.29. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 3.83 points, or 0.21 percent, at 1,843.61. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 10.70 points, or 0.25 percent, at 4,278.24.
For the week, the Dow is up less than 0.1 percent, the S&P 500 is up 0.3 percent and the Nasdaq is up 0.8 percent. All three indexes are gunning for a third week of advances, and the S&P is 0.2 percent away from an all-time high of 1,848.38 reached
-- SPA 19:50 LOCAL TIME
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