By and  on April 15, 2014

Retail stocks managed small gains, all of them in the late afternoon, as investors shrugged off heightened tensions in Ukraine and focused on healthy earnings reports from Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson.

The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group was up 0.1 percent to 855.47, adding to Monday’s 0.8 percent advance, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 advanced 0.6 and 0.7 percent, respectively, to 16,262.56 and 1,842.98. The Nasdaq also ended higher, up 0.3 percent to 4,034.16, for its second consecutive day of gains.

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