Dow ends nearly 340 points higher as lawmakers reach deal to avert debt-ceiling breach

Stocks ended solidly higher Thursday, lifted after lawmakers reached an agreement that would delay a breach of the federal government's debt limit --- and a sovereign default --- until early December, providing time to come up with a longer lasting fix. Investors were also preparing for the September jobs report, due Friday morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: djia] rose around 337 points, or 1%, to finish near 34,754, while the S&P 500 advanced around 36 points, or 0.8%, closing near 4,400. The Nasdaq Composite ended near 14, 654, up 1%, or around 152 points. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Dow ends nearly 340 points higher as lawmakers reach deal to avert debt-ceiling breach
Stocks ended solidly higher Thursday, lifted after lawmakers reached an agreement that would delay a breach of the federal government's debt limit --- and a sovereign default --- until early December, providing time to come up with a longer lasting fix. Investors were also preparing for the September jobs report, due Friday morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: djia] rose around 337 points, or 1%, to finish near 34,754, while the S&P 500 advanced around 36 points, or 0.8%, closing near 4,400. The Nasdaq Composite ended near 14, 654, up 1%, or around 152 points. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.