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Dow Comes Within a Whisker of Hitting 20,000 Friday

The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 90 points, with Goldman Sachs and Walt Disney contributing the most gains

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    Dow Comes Within a Whisker of Hitting 20,000 Friday
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    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on December 19, 2016, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hovering just under 20,000 points.

    U.S. equities rose to all-time highs on Friday as the technology sector led, while investors parsed through key employment data, CNBC reported.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 75 points, with Goldman Sachs and Walt Disney contributing the most gains, and reached a new all-time high. The Dow also came within 0.37 points of hitting 20,000 for the first time. The S&P 500 gained 0.4 percent and hit a new all-time high, with information technology advancing 1 percent.

    The Nasdaq composite outperformed, trading 0.7 percent higher, also hitting a new all-time high. Leading the tech-heavy index higher were Apple and the so-called FANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet), which all rose.