How the major stock indexes fared Friday (AP)

AP – An encouraging trade report and signs that a tax cut package would pass the Senate sent stocks edging higher Friday. The government reported that the U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in nine months in October. Growing demand for American goods overseas pushed exports to their highest level in more than two years. The S&P 500 index closed at another high for the year, the third straight day it has done so.

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