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.