How the major stock indexes fared Wednesday

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Posted: Nov 02, 2011 4:48 PM
How the major stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stock indexes closed with broad gains Wednesday as international leaders scramble to save a week-old plan to prevent a financial crisis in Europe. Strong corporate earnings and a bump up in hiring by private companies also helped send markets higher after a steep two-day drop.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 178.08 points, or 1.5 percent, to close at 11,836.04.

The S&P 500 rose 19.62, or 1.6 percent, to 1,237.90.

The Nasdaq composite rose 33.02, or 1.3 percent, to 2,639.98.

For the week to date:

The Dow is down 395.07, or 3.2 percent.

The S&P 500 is down 47.19, or 3.7 percent.

The Nasdaq is down 97.17, or 3.6 percent.

For the year to date:

The Dow is up 258.53, or 2.2 percent.

The S&P 500 is down 19.74, or 1.6 percent.

The Nasdaq is down 12.89, or 0.5 percent.