How the major stock indexes fared Thursday

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Posted: May 12, 2011 5:35 PM
How the major stock indexes fared Thursday

A small recovery in commodities and a rally in companies that make consumer staples like toilet paper and pasta helped financial markets reverse a decline Thursday to end the day with modest gains.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 65.89 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 12,695.92.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 6.57, or 0.5 percent, to 1,348.65.

The Nasdaq composite rose 17.98, or 0.6 percent, 2,836.04.

For the week:

The Dow is up 57.18 points, or 0.5 percent.

The S&P is up 8.45, or 0.6 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 35.48, or 1.3 percent.

For the year to date:

The Dow is up 1,118.41, or 9.7 percent.

The S&P is up 91.01, or 7.2 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 210.17, or 7.9 percent.