Stocks Continue Rising: Acadiana Business Index
Bank of America rose 4.5% and J.P. Morgan Chase gained 2.6% to lead the blue chips.
The Labor Department reported number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment benefits were recorded at a seasonally adjusted number of 351,000 last week, lower than economists expected.
Meanwhile, manufacturers from New York and Philadelphia showed improvements according to Federal Reserve banks.
Light sweet crude settled at $105.43 a barrel.
Gold closed at $1,659 an ounce.