• Trader Gregory Rowe, left, and specialist Charles Boeddinghaus work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. and expectations of stimulus from Europe's central bank. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Trader Gregory Rowe, left, and specialist Charles Boeddinghaus work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. ... and expectations of stimulus from Europe's central bank. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. and expectations of stimulus from Europe's central bank. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. and expectations of stimulus from Europe's central bank. ... (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

  • Specialist Thomas McArdle, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. and expectations of stimulus from Europe's central bank. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Specialist Thomas McArdle, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. U.S. stocks rose in early trading on Thursday, boosted by a combination of positive economic news from the U.S. and ... expectations of stimulus from Europe's central bank. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press)

US indexes rise sharply for a second day, making up losses from the first few days of the year

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U.S. stocks are sharply higher for a second day in a row, erasing their losses from the first few days of the year.

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Investors were encouraged Thursday by signs of strength in the U.S. job market and more hopes of stimulus from Europe's central bank.

The price of oil was stabilizing after six months of heavy losses.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 287 points, or 1.6 percent, to 17,872 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern.

The Standard & Poor's 500 increased 32 points, also 1.6 percent, to 2,058. The Nasdaq rose 80 points, or 1.7 percent, to 4,731.

Constellation Brands, which makes Corona and Negra Modelo beers, jumped 5 percent after raising its full-year profit outlook.

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Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.01 percent.