U.S. stocks rose Friday as a slate of technology giants buoyed the S&P 500 and offset disappointing earnings from some industrials and weak economic data.
The S&P 500 climbed 25 points, or 0.8%, to 3,271.12, closing out July with a 5.5% gain for the month. The bellwether index has now rallied for four straight months, marking its largest four-month percentage gain since December 1998.
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