Wall Street closes higher as energy shares rebound

 

Reuters
 
Traders works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
 
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
 

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, with energy shares leading the advance as crude oil rebounded off a sharp decline, while investors bet that companies would top lowered expectations this earnings season.

The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) rose 56.08 points, or 0.31 percent, to 17,958.59, the S&P 500 (.SPX) gained 9.26 points, or 0.44 percent, to 2,091.16 and the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) added 23.74 points, or 0.48 percent, to 4,974.57.

(Reporting by Tanya Agrawal; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)