Dow Ends Day Up 164
S&P 500, Nasdaq also close higher
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2016 3:18 PM CDT
Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 11, 2016.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – US stocks closed higher on Wall Street, led by big gains in oil and gas companies as energy prices climb. Southwestern Energy jumped 15% Tuesday and Marathon Oil increased 12%. The price of US crude oil rose 4.5% and natural gas rose 4% in New York. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 164 points, or 0.9%, to 17,721, the AP reports. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 19 points, or 1%, to 2,061. The Nasdaq composite added 38 points, or 0.8%, to 4,872.