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Stocks rise after $19 billion acquisition flurry

Google, Time Warner Cable, Cargill, and Transocean announced purchases, which drove stocks up. The Dow closed up 213 points, the S&P 500 rose 25 points, and the Nasdaq gained 47.

By Stan ChoeAssociated Press / August 15, 2011

Joe Mastrolia, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last week. World stocks started the week solidly Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, amid hopes that the recent sharp volatility in the markets may have run its course following a run of stronger than anticipated economic data.

Richard Drew / AP

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U.S. stocks have closed higher for the third straight day after a $19 billion buying spree by corporations.

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The Dow Jones industrial average is up 213 points, or 1.9 percent, at 11,483. It has erased all its losses from last week, when it swung more than 400 points four straight days on worries about a weakening economy. Investors were also concerned about the country's loss of its top credit rating and Europe's debt problems. This is the Dow's first three-day gain since July 1.

The S&P 500 is up 25, or 2.2 percent, at 1,204. The Nasdaq is up 47, or 1.9 percent, at 2,555.

Google led Monday's deals with its $12.5 billion purchases of Motorola Mobility Holdings. Time Warner Cable, Cargill and Transocean also announced purchases of more than $1 billion each.

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