Stocks attempt gains as year's end approaches, real estate leads

Traders gather for the IPO of Singapore-based Sea Limited on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 20, 2017.

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Traders gather for the IPO of Singapore-based Sea Limited on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 20, 2017.

Stocks historically tend to post a “Santa Claus” rally in the last week of December through the first two trading days of January. However, as of Wednesday’s close, the Dow was the only major U.S. stock index on pace for slight weekly gains, which would be the index’s sixth straight week. The last time the Dow rose in each of the final six full weeks of the year was in 1954. That does not include weeks encompassing two different years.

If the S&P 500 is able to finish the week higher, the index would close out the year…

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