US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St ends up; materials shares gain

NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended higher on
Wednesday as materials shares rose, but rising commodities
prices due to turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa could
keep rallies modest.

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones
industrial average (.DJI: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 67.47 points, or 0.56 percent,
to end unofficially at 12,086.10. The Standard & Poor’s 500
Index (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research) added 3.77 points, or 0.29 percent, to finish
unofficially at 1,297.54. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC: Quote, Profile, Research)
gained 14.43 points, or 0.54 percent, to close unofficially at
2,698.30.
(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Jan Paschal)

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St ends up; materials shares gain