The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 101.00 points, or 0.90 percent, to 11,356.78. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 12.41 points, or 1.03 percent, to 1,218.48. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 22.01 points, or 0.86 percent, to 2,571.44.
Further supporting banks, Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on financial sector stocks.
(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)