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U.S. stocks flipped between small gains and losses on Friday but were on track for weekly gains, as investors struggled to find fresh reasons to push shares to records after a six-session winning streak ahead of a holiday weekend.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded within a 42-point range and was last up 2 points at 21,084. Walt Disney Co.(DIS) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.(GS) led gainers, while Home Depot Inc. (HD) was the largest decliner.
The S&P 500 index traded near break-even levels at 2,415, with the real-estate sector the largest decliner and the materials sector the biggest gainer. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 3 points to 6,208.
For the week, the Dow is up 1.3%, the S&P 500 has gained 1.4%, and the Nasdaq has advanced 2%.
Both the S&P and the Nasdaq are coming off record closes; Thursday marked the 19th such record of the year for the S&P, surpassing the number of records set by the index in 2016. Double-digit gains in large technology names have been among Wall Street's biggest catalysts this year.
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Stock markets will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/when-do-markets-close-for-memorial-day-2017-05-24), but will see a regular day of trading Friday.
"It has been another great week for U.S. markets, notching up further highs, although the prospect of long weekend in the U.S. might well prompt some hesitancy this afternoon," said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, in a note.
Data: In the latest economic data, orders for durable goods fell to a five-month low in April (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/orders-for-durable-goods-fall-to-5-month-low-2017-05-26), though the decline was slightly narrower than had been expected. Separately, the latest estimate on first-quarter gross domestic product was revised higher (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/economy-wasnt-as-bad-as-it-looked-in-first-quarter-gdp-shows-2017-05-26), moving to 1.2% from 0.7%. The University of Michigan's read on consumer sentiment (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumer-sentiment-edges-up-in-may-as-americans-remain-politically-polarized-2017-05-26) came in at 97.1 in May.
"The data was a little better than expected, especially on the consumer side, but this isn't anything to change the outlook," said Eric Green, senior portfolio manager and director of research at Penn Capital Management.
Green added that the market was presenting a mixed picture for valuation, with some recent trading favorites--including consumer staples and companies that pay a high dividend--looking expensive, while others--including energy and industrials--looked cheap.
"Because the economy is still growing, these are still attractive even if we don't get things like tax reform or infrastructure spending" out of the Trump administration, he said. "But if we do, they're even more attractive."
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard, speaking in Tokyo on Friday, warned that the Fed and financial markets are on different pages when it comes to the direction of interest rates, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/feds-bullard-says-markets-have-more-dovish-view-on-interest-rate-path-1495765216). Markets have a more dovish view of the rate path, he said.
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Moving stocks: Shares of Nutanix Inc.(NTNX) rose 11% after the cloud-computing company posted better-than-expected financial results late Thursday.
U.S.-listed shares of BlackBerry Ltd. (BB.T) rose 0.7% after the company said the final award in its arbitration with Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) was $940 million--above the $815 million that had been announced in an interim ruling in April. Shares of Qualcomm lost 0.1%.
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Deckers Outdoor Corp.(DECK) surged 17% a day after the Ugg boots maker posted a surprise quarterly profit (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/deckers-outdoor-shares-surge-on-surprise-profit-outlook-2017-05-25).
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Other markets:European stocks (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/european-stocks-struggle-as-oil-auto-shares-pull-back-2017-05-26) finished lower, though the FTSE 100 index (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ftse-100-at-all-time-high-with-the-pound-knocked-below-129-2017-05-26) rose to a record as the British pound fell below $1.29 after a poll showed a further narrowing of the Conservative Party's lead before the June general election.
Oil prices traded higher (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-rise-slightly-as-some-investors-buy-in-wake-of-opecrelated-plunge-2017-05-26) but were lately up about 0.3% a day after crude tumbled nearly 5% on disappointment that OPEC didn't take more aggressive measures to cut production. Gold prices settled up (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-gets-a-lift-from-fresh-north-korea-jitters-2017-05-26) 0.9% at $1,268.10 an ounce, for a 1.2% weekly gain.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
May 26, 2017 14:26 ET (18:26 GMT)