Stocks rose Thursday, Dec. 21, following passage of a $1.5 trillion U.S. tax bill that will slash corporate taxes.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 54.7 points, or 0.22%, on Thursday, the S&P 500 rose 0.32%, and the Nasdaq was up 0.17%. The Dow and S&P 500 were on track for their fifth straight weekly gain.

Financial and energy stocks were leading markets higher on Thursday while utilities lagged. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) - Get Report rose 2.3% while Chevron Corp. (CVX) - Get Report jumped 3.3%.

Banks could be the biggest winners from the tax plan, which now awaits a signature from Donald Trump.

The biggest U.S. banks could see an average 13% increase in earnings per share from a drop in the corporate tax rate to 21%, according to Goldman Sachs. Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) - Get Report and PNC Financial Group Inc. (PNC) - Get Report may have the biggest gains, Goldman said.

Wells Fargo shares closed 2.5% higher Thursday.

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Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) - Get Report and Western Alliance Bancorp (WAL) - Get Report said they would raise the minimum wage for their workers to $15 an hour following passage of the tax bill.

AT&T Inc. (T) - Get Report and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) - Get Report said Wednesday they would give thousands of U.S. employees bonuses of $1,000 each after the tax bill was approved by the Senate and House.

AT&T shares rose 0.88% while Comcast was up 3.5%.

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Boeing Co. (BA) - Get Report slipped 0.94% after The Wall Street Journal reported the aerospace giant has been in takeover talks with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer (ERJ) - Get Report , which jumped 22% Thursday.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) - Get Report shares rose 0.44% after the world's biggest tech company admitted on Wednesday that that it intentionally slows down iPhones as they get older.

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Finish Line Inc. (FINL) reported a third-quarter adjusted loss of 26 cents a share, much narrower than Wall Street's expectations. The company also said same-store sales in the period rose 0.8%; analysts expected a decline of 4.5%. The stock jumped almost 13%.

Conagra Brands Inc. (CAG) - Get Report reported fiscal second-quarter adjusted profit of 55 cents a share, 3 cents above estimates. Shares fell 0.76%.

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) - Get Report fell 12% despite the retailer reporting third-quarter earnings ahead of expectations and same-store sales that fell 0.3%, which was narrower than analysts predicted.

Home Depot Inc. (HD) - Get Report rose 0.42% after the No. 1 home-improvement retailer said it acquired the Company Store, a home decor online retailer.

Biogen Inc. (BIIB) - Get Report fell 3.3% after the company announced that an independent data monitoring committee found BAN2401, its Alzheimer's drug, didn't meet the criteria for success.

In economic news, third-quarter gross domestic product in the U.S. was lowered to 3.2% from its last estimate of 3.3%.

Weekly jobless claims jumped 20,000 to 245,000, rising by the largest amount since early September.

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