Market Snapshot: Stocks close higher as energy sector rallies on oil-price spike

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Fire and smoke billow from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker, which was reportedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday, following back-to-back losses for major indexes, as investors monitored a sharp jump in oil futures after two oil tankers were damaged in suspected attacks off the coast of Iran.

How did major indexes fare?

Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.39% rose 101.94 points, or 0.4%, to 26,106.77, and the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.41% added 11.80 points, or 0.4%, to 2,891.64. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.57% gained 44.41 points, or 0.6%, to 7,837.13.

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