The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 52 points, or 0.4%, to finish at 13,264. The blue-chip index ranged from 13,297 to 13,154 during the session, and is now up 8.6% in 2012. Breadth within the Dow was positive with 25 of the 30 components finishing higher. The biggest percentage gainers were Alcoa ( AA), Bank of America ( BAC), Intel ( INTC) and Chevron ( CVX). The S&P 500 gained 10 points, or 0.7%, to close at 1419. The index is up 12.8% year-to-date, its best beginning in more than a decade. The Nasdaq tacked on 28 points, or 0.9%, to settle just shy of 3120.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks rose on the first day of the new quarter, extending the year's winning streak, after data showed that domestic manufacturing continued to improve last month.