Wall St. Ends Higher On Data Boost

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Stocks closed higher on the first day of a new quarter on Monday, boosted by economic data, but pulled off their highs late in the session as some investors booked profits.

Stocks closed higher on the first day of a new quarter on Monday, boosted by economic data, but pulled off their highs late in the session as some investors booked profits.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI gained 65.36 points, or 0.44 percent, to end unofficially at 14,974.96. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX rose 8.68 points, or 0.54 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,614.96. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC climbed 31.24 points, or 0.92 percent, to close unofficially at 3,434.49.

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