How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Thursday as the benchmark S&P 500 index posted its best monthly gain since 2015.A series of strong earnings helped power January’s monthlong rally, which followed a dismal December that nearly brought the benchmark index into a bear market.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 23.05 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,704.10.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15.19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,999.67.The Nasdaq composite climbed 98.66 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,281.74.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 12.48 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,499.42.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 39.34 points, or 1.5 per cent.The Dow is up 262.47 points, or 1.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 116.87 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 16.56 points, or 1.1 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 197.25 points, or 7.9 per cent.The Dow is up 1,672.21 points, or 7.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 646.46 points, or 9.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 150.86 points, or 11.2 per cent.The Associated Press read more