US stocks rise despite disappointing economic data

US stocks rise despite disappointing economic data (via AFP)

US stocks Thursday ended higher, shrugging off some disappointing retail sales and jobless claims data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 63.65 points (0.40 percent) to 16,027.59. The broad-based S&P 500 tacked on 10.57 (0.58 percent) to 1,829.83…