Top stock market news today, March 21, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 108.88 points to finish at 16,331.05 The Nasdaq increased 11.68 points to finish at 4,319.29, while the S&P 500 added 11.24 points to close at 1,872.01. The markets soared on positive news from the Philly Fed manufacturing index.
On Friday, three U.S. Federal Reserve representatives will speak, offering fresh insights on Wednesday's FOMC meeting.
Meanwhile, U.S. futures are taking off this morning on news of improving U.S. data and a positive ratings upgrade for the nation's economy. Here's a look at what's on tap for today.