Stocks posted modest gains Friday, driven by budding optimism among traders that Washington's bickering politicians can reach an agreement on the budget and on increasing the government's borrowing limit soon.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 76.10 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 15,072.58.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 11.84 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,690.50.
The Nasdaq composite rose 33.41 points, or 0.9 percent, to 3,807.75.
For the week:
The Dow fell 185.66 points, or 1.2 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 1.33 points, or 0.07 percent.
The Nasdaq rose 26.16 points, or 0.7 percent
For the year so far:
The Dow is up 1,968.44 points, or 15 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 264.31 points, or 18.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 788.24 points, or 26.1 percent.