The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index surged up by 1.7 percent to its best closing level since 2000.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 64.86 points, to 0.3%, to close at 22,268.34, logging its fourth straight record close and its sixth consecutive day of gains. Friday also marked the first time the index broke above 2,500.
Apple added 1.4 percent Friday, while Boeing moved up 1.5 percent.
Health-care and technology stocks have led the S&P 500 in its latest 100-point trip, jumping at least 6 per cent. NRG Energy, Nvidia and Boeing are biggest winners, with shares surging 30 per cent or more.
NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) - A gauge of global equities rose and shares on Wall Street set new highs on Friday as investors shrugged off the latest missile test by North Korea, while the dollar eased on unexpected weak economic data that dimmed the likelihood for a USA rate hike.
Retailers were also expected to come under a bit of pressure after retail sales figures for August fell 0.2%, thanks to a 1.6% decline in sales at auto dealers; strip these out and retail sales rose 0.2%.
DEAL DEAD: Chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor wobbled after the USA government stopped its sale to a firm backed by the Chinese government because of national security concerns. The Nasdaq composite increased 24 points, or 0.4 percent, to 6,453.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.1% but South Korea's Kospi lost 0.4%. "The market can go a lot higher", Morris said.
Volume was unusually high Friday because of a quarterly event known as quadruple witching, when futures and options contracts on indexes and individual stocks expire.
Retail sales decreased -0.2% for the month. "Control retail sales (excludes sales at food services and drinking places, gasoline stations, building materials and auto stores) which factor directly into GDP fell 0.2% m/m in August, after a strong 0.6% gain in the prior month and are running just 1.3% (annualized) above the Q2 pace", the German bank added. The Federal Reserve said the weather and flooding was responsible for nearly all of the loss. Rival TransUnion lost $1.47, or 3.4 percent, to $41.61 and Experian fell 0.9 percent in London. Brent crude, used to price global oils, shed 35 cents to $55.12 barrel in London.
The dollar advanced to 110.88 yen from 110.54 yen. The pound jumped to $1.3354 from $1.3197. The euro rose to $1.1881 from $1.1873.