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US stocks rise, helped by Facebook, GDP

January 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher on Wall Street after the government reported strong growth in the U.S. economy and Facebook had a big earnings gain.

The market was recovering from a steep decline the day before.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 149 points, or 1 percent, to 15,888 as of noon (1700 GMT) Thursday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 22 points, or 1.3 percent, to 1,796. The Nasdaq jumped 80 points, or 2 percent, to 4,131.

Facebook rose $8.51, or 16 percent, to $62.05. The social media company reported results late Wednesday that were better than investors were expecting, thanks partly to growth in mobile advertising revenue.

The government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year.

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