WINDERMERE, Fla. ( Stockpickr) -- U.S. stocks are advancing modestly on Friday, as traders continued to buy stocks into one of the strongest first quarters of trading in recent history. The Dow is up close to 8%, the S&P 500 is up just about 12%, and the Nasdaq has gained an eye-catching 19% since the start of 2012.At last check, the Dow was trading up 57 points on Friday, and the S&P 500 was advancing by 5.4 points. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was up around 3 points. All major indices are trading within range of fresh multi-year highs. That said, the market has seen some selling pressure the last few days. For example, the S&P 500 has fallen for three straight days heading into today.
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