Stocks rise as surveys show stronger manufacturing

By From page B9 | July 02, 2014

NEW YORK — A better outlook for global manufacturing pushed the stock market to an all-time high on Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed within two points of 17,000 for the first time after separate surveys showed that manufacturing expanded in China and the U.S., the world’s two biggest economies. In China, manufacturing grew in June for the first time in six months and in the U.S. the sector notched its 13th straight month of growth.

General Motors rose the most in almost a month. The automaker reported that its U.S. sales increased 1 percent in June despite a record-setting string of safety recalls. Netflix jumped after analysts at Goldman Sachs raised their outlook on the stock, predicting the company will benefit from its international expansion.

“The economic news, by and large, isn’t bad here,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors. “Maybe investors are starting to think that this thing is going to grind higher.”

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 13.09 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,973.32. The Dow gained 129.47 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,956.07. The index climbed as high as 16,998.70 in early afternoon trading before falling back slightly. Both indexes closed at all-time highs.

The Nasdaq composite rose 50.47, or 1.1 percent, to 4,458.65.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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