Stocks finished modestly higher Thursday led by strength in energy, materials and tech sectors.
he Dow Jones Industrial Average finished 8 points, or 0.1%, higher at 12,402. The blue-chip index swung wildly during the session, initially falling to a low of 12,317 and then rebounding to a session high of 12,441. The S&P 500 rose by 5 points, or 0.4%, at 1326, and the Nasdaq Composite gained the most during Thursday's session, rising 21 points, or 0.8%, at 2782.
Basic materials and energy stocks saw some of the session's strongest gains as the dollar index declined 0.5%. It was the second straight positive day for the major indexes after severe selling in the three prior sessions.