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US stocks gain following a pickup in retail sales

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Photo - FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 photo, trader Anthony Carannante, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A government report showing March retail sales notched their biggest increase in 18 months helped give U.S. stocks a lift Monday, April 14, 2014. Better-than-expected results from Citigroup helped ease worries that first-quarter corporate earnings would be weak. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 photo, trader Anthony Carannante, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A government report showing March retail sales notched their biggest increase in 18 months helped give U.S. stocks a lift Monday, April 14, 2014. Better-than-expected results from Citigroup helped ease worries that first-quarter corporate earnings would be weak. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher, clawing back some of the ground they lost last week, as investors were encouraged by solid earnings from Citigroup and a pickup in retail sales last month.

The government reported earlier Monday that U.S. retail sales notched their biggest increase since 2012 in March. February's numbers were also revised higher.

Citigroup rose 4 percent after its results came in better than the market was expecting. That was a welcome surprise following an earnings miss last week by JPMorgan Chase.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to close at 1,830. Energy stocks rose the most.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 146 points, or 0.9 percent, to 16,173. The Nasdaq rose 22 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,022.

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