U.S. stocks advanced, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from its biggest drop since June, as investors assessed corporate earnings and data showing factory orders fell less than estimated in December.
The S&P 500 climbed 0.8 percent to 1,755.20 at 4 p.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) added 72.44 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,445.24. About 7.6 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, 21 percent above the three-month average.
“Main Street is still chugging along. Earnings have been fine,” Ethan Anderson, senior portfolio manager at Rehmann Financial in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said in a phone interview. His firm oversees $1.5 billion. “You put all these together and I’m just not seeing anything that’s suggesting that the train is off the track. We’re pretty much in a very healthy pullback. To me, it’s refreshing.”
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