Stocks capped a solid opening week of the year with big gains for technology, materials, and energy companies on Friday, the AP reports. Tech stocks, which were the biggest stars of the market last year, continued in that role in the opening week of 2018. Cisco Systems rose 1.4%, and Apple gained 1.1%. For the week, tech stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 index are up 4.2%. The four-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index this week marked the longest string of consecutive gains to start a year since 2010.
On Friday, the S&P 500 index rose 19 points, or 0.7%, to 2,743. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 220 points, or 0.9%, to 25,295. The Nasdaq composite climbed 58 points, or 0.8%, to 7,136.