The Dow Jones Industrial average hit a record high on Thursday.
Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election had been expected to rattle investors.
However, after a volatile opening, the Dow climbed for a second day with banking shares the biggest gainers.
The index rose 218 points or 1.18 percent by the close of trade.
It ended Thursday’s session at 18,807.
The S&P 500 was also slightly up although the Nasdaq changed direction due to a steep sell-off of technology shares, with Apple and Amazon both down.
Immediate, post-election statements:
- No reference to trade barriers
- No reference to wall on Mexican border
Long-term policy preferences:
- Conciliatory tone on corporation tax and cutting back regulation
- Stance on climate change targets meant oil and gas shares rose
- A pledge to ease banking rules
- Mining and construction shares rose on pledge to get Americans back to work
- Vague talk about restricting treatment charges was good news for drug companies