US stocks are closing modestly higher as a rebound in the energy sector helped break a three-day losing streak for the market. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 82 points, or 0.5%, to 17,574 Thursday. The S&P 500 index rose four points, or 0.2%, to 2,052. The Nasdaq composite increased 22 points, or 0.4%, to 5,045.
Oil and gas companies rose far more than the rest of the market Thursday. Natural gas and coal producer Consol Energy jumped 10%. It's still the biggest loser in the Standard & Poor's 500 index this year, however, down 78%. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.24%. (Read more Dow Jones stories.)