(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks shrugged off Wednesday night’s overnight rout in Japan and posted strong gains on Thursday. Positive news about the economy helped to break a three-day slump for the major averages.
The Dow Jones Industrials rallied to finish Thursday’s trading session at 15,176.08, up around 181 points, despite a weak start. The S&P 500 gained 24 points to close at 1,636.36. The Nasdaq Composite closed the day up 45 points, closing at 3,445.36.
The biggest winners Thursday on the Dow were Caterpillar, Merck & Pfizer.
Investors were pleased with several reports Thursday showing that unemployment benefits fell last week, while retail sales increased 0.6 percent in May.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN