FILE -In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, file photo, specialist Paul Cosentino works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Shares were lower Thursday Jan. 30, 2014 as weak economic data from China and Japan deepened jitters over ongoing reductions in U.S. monetary stimulus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK — The stock market had its best day in six weeks after the government reported strong growth in the U.S. economy and several companies posted earnings gains.
Technology stocks were among the biggest winners today. Facebook soared after reporting higher advertising revenue.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 109 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 15,848.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 20 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,794, its best day since Dec. 18.
The Nasdaq composite, heavily weighted with tech stocks, jumped 71 points, or 1.8 percent, to 4,123.
Facebook rose $7.55, or 14 percent, to $61.08. Its results were better than investors were expecting thanks to strong growth in mobile advertising revenue.
Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.