Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 11, 2016 in New York City. Following news of a European Central Bank stimulus and a rise in global oil prices, stocks surged on Friday with the Dow finishing up over 200 points.
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By Kerri Anne Renzulli
March 11, 2016

The U.S. stock market closed Friday afternoon with four straight weeks of gains — something not seen since November.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded more than 200 points higher and the S&P 500 topped 2,000 on Friday, highs for both indexes that have not been seen since early January, CNBC reports. The S&P was also only 1.3% lower when compared to its performance a year ago. The Dow closed at 17,213 for the week.

Rising oil prices and increased investor confidence following European Central Bank announcements on stimulus helped the markets close high.

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