MICROSOFT: Microsoft Corp. led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after well-known hedge-fund manager David Einhorn called for the tech giant's board to replace CEO Steve Ballmer.
SLUGGISH: Signs of a sluggish economic recovery sent government bond yields to their lowest level in a year. The government said the economy grew 1.8 percent in the first quarter.
THE INDEXES: The Dow rose 8.10 points to close at 12,402.76. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 5.22, or 0.4 percent, to 1,325.69. The Nasdaq composite rose 21.54, or 0.8 percent, to 2,782.92.