The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results from Apple and other big companies.
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The Dow rose 215.14 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,614.81.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 37.27 points, or 2 percent, to 1,941.28.
The Nasdaq composite gained 103.40 points, or 2.4 percent, to 4,419.48.
For the week:
The Dow is up 234.40 points, or 1.4 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 54.52, or 2.9 percent.
The Nasdaq has added 161.04 points, or 3.8 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 234.40 points, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 92.92 points, or 5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 242.89 points, or 5.8 percent.