Dow Up 153 in Strong Q2 Start

Improved manufacturing report lifts indices
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 3:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Stocks kicked the second quarter off strong today as good manufacturing news lifted confidence, the Wall Street Journal reports. Stocks initially fell after a worse-than-expected jobs report, but rose after an index had March manufacturing as better than February’s, though still signaling contraction. The Dow rose 152.68 to close at 7,761.60. The Nasdaq gained 23.01, settling at 1,551.60, and the S&P 500 added 13.21 to close at 811.08.