The stock market rallied in the third quarter as the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4.7 percent. That brings its climb so far this year to almost 18 percent.
But there are potential roadblocks that may halt that momentum. Lawmakers in Washington are entrenched in a battle over passing a budget for the new spending year and an even more important battle looms. They must vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling, to permit the government to borrow more money, before Oct. 17 to avert a first-ever default.Associated Press