Wall St closes higher on Asian, local data

US investors buoyed by surge in Japanese business confidence, strong American manufacturing data.

United States stocks have stayed in positive territory on generally strong manufacturing data, although leading indices closed well below their intraday highs.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 63.82 (0.43%) to 14,973.42 points. The Dow rose as high as 15,083 earlier in the session.

The broad-based S&P 500 added 8.60 (0.54%) to 1,614.88 points.

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