U.S. Stocks Rise, Putting S&P 500 on Track for Best Month Since 2020

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The S&P 500 rose Friday to finish its best month in almost two years, clawing back some of its losses from a dismal first half.

The broad U.S. stock index gained about 9.1% in July, its strongest monthly showing since November 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 6.7% for the month, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite climbed 12%.