U.S. Stocks Rise, Giving S&P 500 Best Month Since 2020

Major stock indexes rose Friday to end their best month since 2020, clawing back some of their losses from a dismal first half.

The S&P 500 gained 9.1% in July, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 6.7%, the strongest monthly showing for each index since November 2020. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite climbed 12% for its best month since April 2020.