It was a literal grind for the major indices Thursday, which held to extremely tight trading ranges throughout the day, clinging to modest gains that got extended slightly in the final hour of trading. When it was all said and done, the major indices closed up between 0.2% and 0.3%. There wasn't much trading excitement in the stock market because there was a dearth of market-moving news, as well as a dearth of participants. For the third day running, extremely light trading volume reflected the fact that many market participants have checked out until the new year.
A late burst of buying interest led to the 71st record-high close for the Dow Jones Industrial Average this year.
There were no companies of note scheduled to report earnings after the close.
Futures are modestly lower after hours: S&P 500 futures are -4.50 from the fair value of 2,690 and Nasdaq100 futures are -16.50 from fair value of 6,461.
Tomorrow morning, there are no economic reports scheduled to be released.
There are no companies of note scheduled to report earnings tomorrow morning.
With only one trading day remaining in 2017, there were no notable news or equity movers in extended trading.