By Julia Edwards
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Friday, extending the previous day's rally, on investor hopes that a solution to end the partial government shutdown and stave off a possible U.S. default would be forthcoming.
One motivation for Friday's buyers was the chance an agreement could come over the weekend. The Senate is expected to vote over the weekend on extending the federal borrowing limit through January 2015.
"People don't want to be short going into a weekend, especially if a deal does get done," said Dennis Dick, proprietary trader at Bright Trading LLC in Las Vegas.
The partial government shutdown is now in its eleventh day and less than a week remains before an October 17 deadline to extend the government's borrowing authority and avoid a debt default.
All S&P sectors were up except consumer staples, which was only slightly down. Energy stocks led the S&P 500, up 1.1 percent after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed lowering the required amount of ethanol to be blended into U.S. gasoline after Thursday's market close on Thursday.
JP Morgan Chase & Co
"If you peel back the onion, J.P. Morgan at the base of this is operating quite well, which comforts investors," said Jeff Morris, head of U.S. equities at Standard Life Investments in Boston.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 87.24 points, or 0.58 percent, at 15,213.31. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 9.23 points, or 0.55 percent, at 1,701.79. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 28.64 points, or 0.76 percent, at 3,789.39.
Wells Fargo & Co
Retail apparel chain Gap
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment fell in October to its weakest in nine months and was below expectations.
(Editing by Bernadette Baum and Kenneth Barry)
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