Stocks rose in a half-day, light-volume session, helped by news that US companies are investing in their businesses at the fastest pace in a year. Materials and industrial stocks rose the most after the government reported orders for durable manufactured goods rose 3.5% in November, more than expected. Core capital goods, a category that tracks investment, jumped 4.5%, the biggest gain since January. Stocks have been rising since last Wednesday, when the Fed said it will cut back its stimulus, citing a better economy. The S&P 500 is up 28.6% so far for 2013, or 30.9% when dividends are included, its best year since 1997. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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