The Associated PressU.S. stocks closed higher Thursday as investors focused on a batch of bright earnings reports and encouraging news about home sales. They shrugged off concerns about mixed markets in Europe, disappointing news about unemployment claims and weakness at a handful of big-name companies. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 113.90 points, or 0.9 percent, to 13,204.62. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 9.29 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,399.98. The Nasdaq composite index rose 20.98 points, or 0.7 percent, to 3,050.61. For the week so far: The Dow is up 175.36 points, or 1.4 percent. The S&P 500 is up 21.45 points, or 1.6 percent. The Nasdaq is up 50.16 points, or 1.7 percent. For the year so far: The Dow is up 987.06 points, or 8.1 percent. The S&P 500 is up 142.38 points, or 11.3 percent. The Nasdaq is up 445.46 points, or 17.1 percent.