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Dow Jones Industrial Average

Last Updated at 20 Mar 2018, 19:58 GMT *Chart shows local time Dow Jones intraday chart
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Boeing Co.

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Nasdaq Index

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S&P 500 Cash Index - Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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(Close): US stocks closed higher on Wednesday, despite weak retail sales figures.

US retail sales edged up a meagre 0.1% in July from last month, weaker than analysts had expected.

Nonetheless, the Dow Jones gained 91.26 points, or 0.55% to end at 16,651.80, while the broader S&P 500 rose 12.97 points, or 0.67%, to close up 1,946.72.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq index added 44.87 points, or 1.02%, to finish at 4,434.13.

The online radio service Pandora was one of the day's biggest winners. Shares in the firm rose 10.31% after an analyst came out with a buy rating for the stock.

Shares in the retailer Macy's fell more than 5.5% after it lowered 2014 sales growth forecasts, saying it couldn't make up for a shortfall in sales from the first quarter when the severe winter weather stopped customers from shopping.

Candy Crush-maker King Digital shares continued their sharp fall, plunging 23% after reporting disappointing sales after hours on Tuesday.

But the day's biggest loser was SeaWorld, which saw its share price decline by nearly 33%.

The operator of several aquarium theme parks reported weak earnings and lower than expected guidance earlier in the day.