Technology companies lift stock market in early trading

The S&P 500 index gained 20 points, or 0.7%, to 2,794 as of 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 211 points, or 0.9%, to 24,911. The Nasdaq composite advanced 86 points, or 1.1%, to 7,803. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was unchanged at 1,683.