Stocks Shrug Off Bank Earnings, Shoot To New Highs

The broad-based S&P 500 advanced 0.2 percent to close at 2,447.83, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 0.2 percent to 6,274.44.

Quarterly earnings kick off on Friday with three of the biggest U.S. banks - JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup - reporting results.

Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies at 72
His lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan, issued a statement which did not provide details or the circumstances of his death. Soccer also created a national women's team that would eventually dominate the sport during Blazer's time there.

The Dow and S&P 500 ended the week with fresh highs, even as bank earnings weighed on financials.

Yellen will stand before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. The Nasdaq posted its high of the day just ahead of Yellen's testimony. The company declined to deny the report.

Marines, 1 Navy corpsman killed in MS plane crash
Debris from the crash covered both sides of Highway 82 in the MS delta, between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorehead, Miss. The station covers 45 square miles (115 square kilometers) and has almost 14,000 Marines, sailors and civilian employees.

Trader Peter Tuchman wears a "Dow 21,000" hat as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The 30-stock index also notched an intraday record.

China posted better-than-expected trade data for June, with exports rising 11.3 per cent and imports expanding 17.2 per cent, suggesting the economy is holding up well thanks to firmer global demand.

Jimmy Carter OK after collapsing from dehydration in Winnipeg
WXIA in Atlanta reports that he was heard saying "I'm exhausted ", but continued working. President Jimmy Carter's motorcade parked outside the emergency entrance to St.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said policymakers plan to continue to raise interest rates to reach a neutral policy stance.

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