By The Associated Press(equals)
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high of 14,253.77, up 125.95 points, or 0.89 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 15 points, or 1 percent, to 1,539.79, within striking distance of its own record close of 1,565. The Nasdaq composite gained 42 points, or 1.3 percent, to 3,224.13.
Benchmark oil for April delivery rose 70 cents to finish at $90.82 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, gained $1.52 to end at $111.61 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Wholesale gasoline added 5 cents to finish at $3.15 a gallon. Heating oil rose 5 cents to end at $2.97 a gallon. Natural gas was flat at $3.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.