How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday

AP News
Posted: Sep 04, 2013 5:05 PM

A jump in U.S. auto sales and other good news on the economy helped drive the stock market higher Wednesday.

General Motors and other carmakers surged after posting strong sales in August, giving the industry its best month in six years

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 96.91 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 14,930.87.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 13.31 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,653.08.

The Nasdaq composite gained 36.43 points, or 1 percent, to 3,649.04.

For the week:

The Dow is up 120.56, or 0.8 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 20.11, or 1.2 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 59.17, or 1.7 percent.

For the year:

The Dow is up 1,826.73 points, or 13.9 percent.

The S&P 500 is up 226.89 points, or 15.9 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 629.53 points, or 20.9 percent.