US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St up on earnigs bets, more gains seen

NEW YORK, March 24 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks advanced on
Thursday as optimism about upcoming earnings and investor
buying of the quarter’s top performers lifted the S&P 500
above a key technical level.

The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI: Quote, Profile, Research) added 84.54
points, or 0.70 percent, to end unofficially at 12,170.56. The
Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX: Quote, Profile, Research) gained 12.12 points, or
0.93 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,309.66. The Nasdaq
Composite Index (.IXIC: Quote, Profile, Research) rose 38.12 points, or 1.41 percent, to
close unofficially at 2,736.42.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Jan Paschal)

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St up on earnigs bets, more gains seen