U.S. stock indexes closed higher Thursday as big companies turned in encouraging quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 200 points thanks in large part to a big gain in Visa, the Dow's highest-priced stock.
The Dow rose 221.11 points, or 1.3 percent, to 17,195.42.
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The S&P 500 rose 12.35 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,994.65
The Nasdaq composite rose 16.91 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,566.14.
For the week:
The Dow is up 390.01 points, or 2.3 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 30.07 points, or 1.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 82.42 points, or 1.8 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 618.76 points, or 3.7 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 146.29 points, or 7.9 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 389.55 points, or 9.3 percent.