NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks finished Monday higher following data showing domestic manufacturing activity was more robust than anticipated last month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 52.45 points, or 0.4%, to 13,264.49 on Monday. The S&P 500 rose 10.43 points to 13,264.49 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 28.13 points to 3,119.70. Breadth within the Dow was positive with 26 of the index's 30 components on the rise. The biggest percentage gainers among the blue chips were Alcoa ( AA), Bank of America ( BAC) and Boeing ( BA).
Bank of America shares rose 1.15% to $9.68. The bank was highlighted as a contrarian investment for value investors on Monday because it's an indirect play on the U.S. housing recovery. The stock was the best performer in the Dow in March, gaining 17.86% for the month. TheStreet Ratings gives Bank of America a C- grade and hold rating. Shares of Boeing increased 1.1% to $75.17. TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola ordered three 777-300ER planes, which are about $895 million. TheStreet Ratings gives Boeing a B grade with a buy rating and $87.86 price target. Alcoa shares rose 1.5% to $10.17. TheStreet Ratings gives Alcoa a C grade and hold rating. The Dow's losers included Home Depot ( HD), General Electric ( GE), Pfizer ( PFE), and United Technologies ( UTX). -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.