New York • Stocks rose, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index toward its third straight week of gains. Online travel booking company Priceline.com climbed after reporting strong earnings.
KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,844 as of 11:07 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 38 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,172. The Nasdaq composite rose 13 points, or 0.9 percent, 4,280.
ALMOST BACK: After a 3.5 percent climb this month, the S&P 500 has reversed almost all of its loss this year. The stock market has been boosted by decent corporate earnings reports for the fourth quarter and optimism that the economy will start to pull out of its winter slump as the weather improves. Stocks dropped in the first five weeks of the year amid concern about slowing growth in China and other emerging markets.