Stocks rise as the economy shows more signs of improvement

  • FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is seen in New York, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Stocks are off to a mostly higher start on Wall Street, Thursday, May 27, 2021, with the exception of the technology sector, which gave back some of its recent gains. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Thursday following economic reports showing that layoffs are falling and the economy is growing.