U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 up for a fourth straight session on the back of strong technology shares. News that China may be receptive to overtures from the U.S. on new talks also soothed trade-related jitters.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 147.07 points, or 0.6%, to end at 26,145.99, its first close above 26,000 this month. The S&P 500 rose 15.26 points, or 0.5%, to 2,904.18 and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 59.48 points, or 0.8% to finish at 8,013.71.
Technology stocks were the best performers with Apple Inc. rising 2.4% a day after it unveiled new iPhones. Alphabet Inc, +1.08% added 0.9% and Microsoft Corp. 1.1%.