AP Business Writer
Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday as investors welcomed another batch of encouraging quarterly results from big companies.
A breakthrough in negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union also helped put traders in a buying mood.
The gains erased the market's modest losses from the day before. Despite a choppy week of trading, the benchmark S&P 500 index is on track for its second straight weekly gain.
Health care, communication services and industrial stocks drove much of the market's gains. Technology was the only laggard. Smaller-company stocks outdid the rest of the market.
Investors have shifted their focus this week to the latest round of corporate earnings after weeks of turbulence on Wall Street as the market rea