U.S. stock indexes perked higher on Thursday following a nearly weeklong lull, and the Standard & Poor's 500 rose for the first time in five days.

On Thursday:

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 7.71 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,636.98.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 70.57, or 0.3 percent, to 24,211.48.

The Nasdaq composite gained 36.47, or 0.5 percent, to 6,812.84.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks jumped 11.59, or 0.8 percent, to 1,520.47.

For the week:

The S&P 500 is down 5.24 points, or 0.2 percent.

The Dow is down 20.11 points, or 0.1 percent.

The Nasdaq is down 34.74 points, or 0.5 percent.

The Russell 2000 is down 16.55 points, or 1.1 percent.

For the year:

The S&P 500 is up 398.15 points, or 17.8 percent.

The Dow is up 4,448.88 points, or 22.5 percent.

The Nasdaq is up 1,429.72 points, or 26.6 percent.

The Russell 2000 is up 163.34 points, or 12 percent.

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