NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - U.S. stocks finished Thursday solidly higher as chatter about additional monetary stimulusfrom the Federal Reserve grew louder. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 155 points, or 1.24%, to close at 12,652. The S&P 500 gained 14 points, or 1.1%, to finish at 1329 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 18 points, or 0.63%, to settle at 2836. Breadth within the Dow was positive with 28 of the 30 components posting gains. The biggest percentage gainers among the blue chips were Alcoa ( AA), AT&T ( T) , Bank of America ( BAC), Home Depot ( HD), Walt Disney ( DIS), Travelers ( TRV), which each rose more than 2% on Thursday. Shares of Disney gained 2.05% to $47.18. The stock has risen 25.81% year to date. Travelers shares rose 2.38% to $63.12. The stock has risen 6.68% year to date. Alcoa shares increased 2% to $8.65. The stock is flat year to date. Shares of AT&T gained 2.03% to $35.69. The stock has gained 18.02% year to date. Home Depot shares rose 2.33% to $52.16. The stock has risen 24.07% year to date. Bank of America shares increased 2.13% to $7.66. The stock has risen 37.77% year to date. The only two Dow components losing ground were American Express ( AXP) and Boeing ( BA). -- 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.