Stocks mostly rise as economy strengthens and central banks step back

The S&P 500 index rose 6.86 points, or 0.2%, to 2,782.49. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 25.89 points, or 0.1%, to 25,175.31, and the Nasdaq composite rose 65.34 points, or 0.8%, to a record 7,761.04. Roughly four stocks rose for every three that fell.