Markets close with gains

June 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. stock markets rose Friday on the last trading day before a Greek election that could decide the fate of the euro.

Markets were higher in Asia and Europe, with the largest gains in Asia, a 2.26 percent rise in the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong. In Europe, gains were led by the CAC 40 in France, which rose 1.73 percent.

By close of trading on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average added 115.26 points, or 0.91 percent, to 12,767.17.

The Nasdaq composite index gained 36.47 points, or 1.29 percent, to 2,872.80.

The Standard and Poor's 500 gained 13.74 points, or 1.03 percent, to 1,342.84.

On the New York Stock Exchange, 2,108 stocks advanced and 927 declined on a volume of 3.7 billion shares traded.

The benchmark 10-year treasury note rose 18/32 to yield 1.583 percent.

The euro rose to $1.2664 from Thursday's $1.2633. Against the yen, the dollar fell to 78.72 yen from Thursday's 79.35 yen.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index added 0.01 percent, 0.43 points, to 8,569.32.

In London, the FTSE 100 index rose 0.22 percent, 11.76, to 5,478.81.

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