Stocks up on glimpse of manufacturing
ASSOCIATED PRESS January 28, 2013 8:52AM
In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, photo, Trader Michael Urkonis, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street appeared headed for a day of trade without drama Monday Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Updated: January 28, 2013 9:24AM
NEW YORK — Stocks are rising with investors getting a peek into the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 70 points to 13,895 and the Nasdaq added 1 point to 3,152.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 shed less than a point to 1,502 after closing at a five-year record on Friday.
U.S. companies placed more orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in December, a good sign for the economy heading into 2013.
Orders for durable goods increased 4.6 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, driven by a 10 percent gain in aircraft orders.
Also on Monday, Caterpillar beat Wall Street expectations when a new purchase in China is discounted.
Shares of the manufacturer rose 3 percent in morning trading.