U.S. stocks finished higher for the third session in a row, after the minutes of the Federal Reserve's January policy meeting suggested that policy makers expressed the need for additional information about the strength of the economy before making any further attempts to raise interest rates in 2016. This is the first three-day winning streak for the main benchmarks since Dec. 23. The S&P 500's energy sector led the gains, jumping 2.9%, following a 5.6% rally in oil futures. The S&P 500 finished 31 points, or 1.6%, higher at 1,926. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished 257 points, or 1.6%, higher at 16,453. The Nasdaq Composite finished 98 points, 2.2%, higher at 4,534.
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