Dow finishes up over 270 points Friday, notching 2.5% gain for April


U.S. stocks ended April higher on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average booking its best monthly gain since January. Despite renewed focus on stress in the U.S. banking system, major stock indexes were able to post gains on Friday to end the week and month on higher ground, in part as earnings reports from several big technology companies, including Meta Platforms Inc. META were received positively by investors. The Dow DJIA rose about 272 points Friday, or 0.8%, ending near 34,098, according to preliminary FactSet levels. The S&P 500 index SPX posted a 0.8% gain, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP advanced…

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