Dow Ends Day Up 217
Stocks see best gain in nearly 2 weeks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2015 3:21 PM CDT
Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly higher following two days of losses as investors respond to some positive earnings surprises.    (Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – Stocks are notching their best gain in nearly two weeks as investors respond to some positive earnings surprises. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 217 points, or 1.3%, to 17,141 Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 29 points, or 1.5%, to 2,023. The Nasdaq composite rose 87 points, or 1.8%, to 4,870.

Financial stocks rose after Citigroup reported better profits for the third quarter than analysts were expecting. Citi climbed 4%. KeyCorp also rose 5% after reporting its earnings. Hospital operator HCA fell 5% after saying its earnings would fall short of projections. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.02%.