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"The fact that those valuations are high doesn't mean that they're necessarily overvalued," Yellen said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed to a fresh high Friday as investors bet that a tax-overhaul plan before Congress will pass, likely boosting profits for many U.S. companies.
Thank goodness for tax reform. While Americans are divided about the impact of tax reform, as they are about most things these days, other countries aren’t so conflicted. Most notably, China worries about the effect of the U.S. slashing its corporate tax rate from a statutory 35% currently to 21%, which reportedly was agreed to by House-Senate conferees.
Stocks finished the week at all-time highs as the Republicans in Congress inched closer to passing their tax reform bill. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.4% this week after jumped 1.2% to 6936.58 today.
Shares gained worldwide on Friday and Wall Street notched closing record highs on U.S. tax legislation optimism, while the U.S. yield curve turned its flattest in a decade after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates this week. MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.31 percent after a week of central bank meetings that saw the Fed raise U.S. rates yet leave its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged.
When historians look back on the 2017 stock market, it will be weeks like this that they remember. Three up days, two down, volatility nowhere in sight, and a wire-to-wire gain of less than 1 percent.
All three main U.S. stock-market benchmarks close at fresh records on Friday and book weekly gains, as investors grow optimistic about the progress of the Republican-led tax cut bill.