U.S. stock indexes closed higher Friday, despite economic reports indicating the U.S. economy began the year more sluggish than expected.
The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 126.80 points, 0.79 percent, to close at 16,154.39, its sixth gain in the past seven sessions.
The Standard & Poor's 500 added 8.80 points, 0.48 percent, to close at 1,838.63.
The Nasdaq composite index rose to 4,244.03 points, 0.08 percent, a gain of 3.35 points.
Two reports issued Friday indicated the price of U.S. imports rose while industrial production slipped.
Economic data indicated a soft jobs market, manufacturing sector and consumer spending, but many investors have dismissed the information as at least somewhat affected by bad weather.
"The weather is muddying up the ability to analyze the true strength of the economy,"
The 10-year U.S. treasury was yielding 2.749 percent.
The euro traded at
Crude oil lost
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