Averages up nearly 1% in afternoon action

|By:, SA News Editor

Stocks have steadily ground their way higher this session, with the S&P 500 now up 0.95%.

It's a broad-based move, with two sectors that got particularly thumped on Wednesday leading: The industrials (XLI +1.5%) and financials (XLF +1.2%).

Helping the industrials is an 8% advance for Deere following an earnings beat and boost to outlook.