Stocks finished higher on Wednesday, but that's not all.
It was the end of the month AND the quarter. Phew.
For the quarter overall, things were a bit better: All three indexes ended higher, making it the second straight quarter that stocks rose following the abysmal first three months of the year.
Wednesday’s trading higher was likely influenced by the session being the last of September. But also boosting optimism was better-than-expected economic data and hopes that another push on stimulus negotiations might lead to a deal.
The Dow closed up 1.2%, or 329 points, while the S&P finished 0.8% higher. The Nasdaq closed up 0.7%.