Dow rises more than 150 points as Wall Street looks to end winning week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose on Friday as Wall Street pushed for solid gains in the holiday-shortened trading week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 166 points, or 0.49%. The S&P 500 gained 0.01% and the Nasdaq Composite slid 0.45%, weighed down by Activision Blizzard shares, which fell more than 4% following news that the FTC may prevent Microsoft to take over the game company.

Concerns over continued lockdowns in China are keeping markets in check. The country is stepping up Covid restrictions after seeing the number of cases climb in recent days. Earlier in the week, China reported its first Covid deaths since May.

Wall Street appears poised to end a holiday-shortened bullish week, after the final minutes of the Federal Reserve meeting added to expectations that monetary policy tightening could slow.

“A substantial majority of participants felt that a slower pace of increase would likely soon be appropriate,” the minutes read.

Shares jumped on the news on Wednesday, marking the second straight day of gains in a week marked by choppy trading and low volumes. For the week, the Dow is up 1.85% and the S&P 500 up 1.61%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq trails the other two indexes, but is still up 0.85% on the week.

Markets were closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday and will close at 1 p.m. ET on Friday.

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