April 02, 2013 at 12:20 PM EDT
Stocks Maintain Early Lead; Drugmakers Alexion, Regeneron Climb
Stocks defended early gains, aided by adequate March auto and truck sales numbers. The Nasdaq held steady with a 0.8% advance. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average climbed higher, with gains of 0.7% each. Gains in the stock market today came in rising volume, as trade climbed out of early, mixed action. Volume was up 5% on the Nasdaq and 8% on the NYSE around noon. March sales numbers rolled in from automakers, with General Motors (GM)
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