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Stock Markets Rise on Signs of Easing Ukraine Tensions


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AP/Richard Drew
NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks are closing higher as investors were relieved by reports of easing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

News reports said Russia had ended military exercises near Ukraine.

The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) rose 185 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at 16,553 Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 (^GSPC) index rose 22 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,931. The Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) rose 35 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,370.

The gain in the S&P 500 was the biggest since March 4 and turned the index higher for the week.

Lululemon (LULU) rose 3 percent after the company's founder agreed to sell half his stake as part of a deal to avert a battle for control.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note edged up to 2.42 percent.


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