Wall St lifts on data, Syria

United States stocks close higher as S&P posts sixth straight gain, Nasdaq sees highest close since September 2000.

United States stocks have closed solidly higher for a second day running on strong Chinese economic data and greater confidence that a US military strike on Syria might be avoided.

The gains saw the S&P 500 post its sixth straight positive gain, marking its longest winning streak since an eight-session stretch ended July 15.

The Nasdaq Composite posted its highest close since September 2000.

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