Dow Ends Day Up 177 S&P 500, Nasdaq also close higher By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Sep 15, 2016 3:04 PM CDT 0 comments Comments In this Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, Specialist Mark Fitzgerald, right, works at the post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange that trades Pandora. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology and health care companies, the AP reports. Apple rose again Thursday as investors became more optimistic about early sales of its newest iPhone models. The stock is up 12% this week. Among health care stocks, Merck gained 2%. Goodyear rose 5% after raising its dividend. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 177 points, or 1%, to 18,212. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 21 points, or 1%, to 2,147. The Nasdaq composite climbed 75 points, or 1.5%, to 5,249. Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 1.70%.