Posted: Thursday, March 20th 2014 at 4:29pm
Better news on the US economy drives stocks higher; Dow up 108
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market closed higher as encouraging news about the U.S. economy outweighs concerns that interest rates could start climbing sooner than many people had expected.
Major U.S. indexes erased nearly all of their losses from the day before, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested that rates could rise next year.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 11 points, or 0.6 percent, to close at 1,872 Thursday.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 108 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,331. The Nasdaq composite climbed 11 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,319.
An index of economic indicators rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth will accelerate following a severe winter. The Philadelphia branch of the Fed said manufacturing rebounded in that region in March.
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