Stocks jumped on Thursday as expectations of reassuring quarterly results from bellwethers including Google
Google is scheduled to post quarterly results after the bell, and its stock was up 3 percent at $391.03. Hewlett-Packard
Also boosting sentiment were stronger-than-expected quarterly results from Harley-Davidson Inc
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 61.72 points, or 0.77 percent, to 8,091.34. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> climbed 10.92 points, or 1.28 percent, to 862.98. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 35.60 points, or 2.19 percent, to 1,662.40.
(Reporting by Ellis Mnyandu; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)