NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose sharply on Thursday, boosted by earnings-related gains in Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Cisco, while a tax bill expected to boost corporate earnings passed its first - if smallest - hurdle.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) rose 187.01 points, or 0.8 percent, to 23,458.29, the S&P 500 (SPX) gained 21.04 points, or 0.82 percent, to 2,585.66 and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) added 87.08 points, or 1.3 percent, to 6,793.29.
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