Stocks Climb Ahead of Tech Earnings

U.S. stocks rose Thursday, putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average on course for a fifth consecutive day higher, as shares of companies from technology to financials to the consumer sectors advanced.

The blue chips added 1.6%, or about 660 points, while the S&P 500 gained 1.9%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite climbed 2.6%, helped by gains in shares of

Apple,

Microsoft,

Amazon.com

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