(Via the AP) The stock market finished its second-best week in a year Friday as Europe’s debt problems appeared to get closer to a resolution.
Stocks ended higher for a fifth straight day, the longest winning streak in 2 1/2 months. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75 points after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called on European finance ministers at a meeting in Poland to reach a solution on Greece’s debt problems.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 finished the week with a 5.4 percent gain. It was the biggest increase for the broad market index since the first week of July.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75.91 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 11,509.09. The Dow jumped 186 points Thursday, its biggest gain of the week, after five central banks said they would act together to support European lenders with unlimited dollar loans.
The S&P index gained 6.90, or 0.6 percent, to 1,216.01. The Nasdaq added 15.24, or 0.6 percent to 2,622.31.