Snapshot: Dow ends day above 15,000 for first time

Just two months after recovering the last of its losses from the financial crisis, the Dow charged higher, closing above 15,000 for the first time — another milestone in the market’s epic ascent of 2013. Better economic news, strong corporate earnings, and fresh support from central banks have eased investors’ concerns. Many had feared a spring swoon would derail the rally, as in past years. Instead, US indexes are up nearly 15% since Jan. 1. Wall Street followed Japanese and European markets higher after they got good news about central bank stimulus and the German economy. The US market got a lift from higher profits at DirecTV and Fossil.