US stocks keep gaining as tech, industrial companies rise

Technology companies climbed Thursday as stocks rose for the fifth day in a row. They have now recovered about half their losses during the market’s dramatic plunge earlier this month.

Tech bellwether Cisco Systems jumped after it posted strong quarterly results and announced a big stock repurchase, while Apple rose after an analyst said sales of the iPhone X in China are improving.

Most other parts of the market climbed as well, with notable gains for industrial companies and household goods makers.


Energy companies continued to struggle.

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It took stocks just nine days to skid from record highs into a 10 percent drop, known on Wall Street as a correction. Concerns about rising inflation contributed to the fall, but even though investors have seen more signs of inflation in the last few days, major indexes are on a five-day winning streak and have recouped about half of their recent losses.

‘‘The market should never have gone down 10.5 percent,’’ said Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s chief investment officer of global fixed income. Rieder noted that inflation remains low, and the newly passed government budget will push interest rates higher because it creates so much new debt.

After a brief dip late in the morning, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rallied and rose 1.2 percent, to 2,731.20. The Dow Jones industrial average also rose 1.2 percent, to 25,200.37. The Nasdaq climbed 1.6 percent, to 7,256.43.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 1 percent, to 1,537.20.


Cisco reported a bigger profit and better sales than analysts expected and said it will buy back another $25 billion of its own stock. It climbed 4.7 percent. Apple rose 3.4 percent after an analyst for Morgan Stanley said the iPhone X is gaining market share in China. Microsoft jumped 2 percent.

Among industrial companies, Boeing jumped 3.4 percent, and elevator and jet engine maker United Technologies gained 3.2 percent.

The market’s recent moves might look familiar because investors have been ‘‘buying on the dips’’ for years. The last significant drop in the market prior to this month came in June 2016, after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The S&P 500 fell more than 5 percent in just two days, and gained it back almost as quickly.

Trading volumes have returned to more typical levels this week. They spiked in the first two weeks of February as stock indexes took some wild swings.

Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note remained at 2.91 percent, its highest level in four years.


US crude oil turned higher in afternoon trading after a slump in the morning. It rose 1.2 percent to $61.34 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 3 cents to $64.33 in London.