The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose for a third day, erasing losses for the year, as energy shares surged the most in almost three months and consumer-spending data boosted optimism on the economy.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index increased 1.2 percent to 2,064.29 at 4 p.m. in New York, as a three-day rally of 2.9 percent erased its decline for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 184.93 points, or 1.1 percent, to 17,602.20. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.9 percent. Trading in S&P 500 shares was 16 percent lower than the 30-day average. U.S. exchanges will close early on Thursday for the Christmas holiday and reopen on Dec. 28.
“The gains in oil and materials are certainly helping the market dig itself out of the hole,” said Peter Jankovskis, co- chief investment officer of Lisle, Illinois-based OakBrook Investments LLC. “Consumer spending looks good, and it bodes well for the economy.”
Equities extended a rally in this holiday shortened week, recovering from a slide to a two-month low as data showing consumers’ willingness to spend buoyed optimism toward the outlook for growth. Investors were loading up on some of the year’s biggest losers in search of bargains among energy and raw-materials shares.
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A report today showed an increase in consumer purchases in November was accompanied by rising wages and scant inflation, indicating the biggest part of the U.S. economy will continue to underpin growth. Separate data showed orders for U.S. capital goods dropped in November for the first time in three months, showing businesses began tempering new investment after a third- quarter surge.
The consumer spending data is the latest evidence that the economy is sturdy enough to weather tighter monetary policy from the Federal Reserve. Purchases climbed by the most in three months in November, which follows a report yesterday showing consumer spending bolstered the economy in the third quarter. Other gauges today showed consumer confidence rose to the highest since July, while new homes sold at a slower pace than projected in November.