US stocks hold modest gain on final day of volatile year

US stocks hold modest gain on final day of volatile year

Stocks were moving higher Monday as Wall Street drew closer to ending the final day of trading in a volatile year. Health care companies, retailers and technology stocks drove the market’s gains. Despite the upbeat day, the benchmark S&P 500 index was on track for its worst full-year showing in a decade.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,500 as of 3:37 p.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 213 points, or 0.9 percent, to 23,276.

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