Standard & Poor's 500 Index turns positive for 2016 in the wake of a dovish Federal Reserve that helped the gauge post its longest weekly winning streak since November.
|One of the greatest comeback in the history|
The S&P 500 added 0.4% to 2,049 and is now up 0.3% this year after falling as much as 11%.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Friday’s gains were braced by health-care companies, with the group on the way to ending the longest losing streak in two months. Banks were on pace to halt a three-day slide after also lagging a broader rally in the past two weeks.
The Dow average Thursday wiped out a year-to-date decline that swelled to as much as 10% in February. It’s the fastest that a retreat of that size or more has ever been reversed this early in a year, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
The S&P 500 has climbed 1.3% this week, and is less than 4% away from a record set last May.
Energy and raw-materials have led the S&P 500 over the last five weeks.
A tumble in the dollar Thursday brought on by a more dovish Fed helped push the two groups to three-month highs yesterday.