The Dow rose about 80 points, the S&P 500 rose about 11 points, and Nasdaq rose about 31 points. At closing, stocks were near session highs.
The Dow fell about 3 points, ending a four-day winning streak
Stocks rise to highest levels since 2008. Dow gains 490 points for the month of April. S&P is up nearly 38 points.
After Standard & Poor's downgraded its outlook on US debt Monday and sent stocks downward, stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow gaining about 65 points
US debt outlook was lowered to negative by Standard & Poor's, sending world markets down April 19. Other events to watch: Goldman earnings and how to hire 50,000 restaurant workers in a single day.
The market rallied late in the afternoon, with the Dow closing 14 points up
Patents ruling to be reviewed by International Trade Commission, renewing Kodak's hopes of getting royalties agreements with Apple and RIM. Kodak is using its 1,000 digital-imaging patents to boost revenue.
iPad 2: While the disaster in Japan may cause delays in production, the iPad 2 was rolled out overseas, Friday to much fanfare. Will Apple be able to meet the demand?
The US stock market gained for the week, with the Dow up 3 percent. Investors are regaining confidence in stocks despite developments in Japan, Libya, and Europe.