U.S. stocks changed course again Thursday and climbed as Apple led a big gain for technology companies and energy companies recovered some of their recent losses. Investors looked over a series of mixed economic reports as they sought clues about the Federal Reserve's intentions and the health of the economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 177.71 points, or 1 percent, to 18,212.48.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed 21.49 points, or 1 percent, to 2,147.26.
The Nasdaq composite added 75.92 points, or 1.5 percent, to 5,249.69.
For the week:
The Dow is up 127.03 points, or 0.7 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 19.45 points, or 0.9 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 123.78 points, or 2.4 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 787.45 points, or 4.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 103.32 points, or 5.1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 242.28 points, or 4.8 percent.
This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings