Stocks end slightly higher, Apple paces gains

Stocks ended modestly higher Thursday, gaining ground a day after equities weakened in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s widely expected decision to lift interest rates and kept largely to its forecast for future increases. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.28% ended 0.3% higher near 2,914, according to preliminary figures, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.21% gained around 55 points, or 0.2%, to end near 26,440. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.65% led the way higher, rising 0.6% toe close near 8,041.97. Shares of Apple Inc. AAPL, +2.06% paced gains for the Dow, rising 2.1%.

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