U.S. stocks rose, sending benchmark indexes higher for a second day, as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s offer to resign boosted optimism the nation will appoint a new leader who can tame the debt crisis. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 1.2 percent to 1,275.91 as of 4 p.m. New York time, according to preliminary closing data. The benchmark measure has risen 1.8 percent in two days. “There’s an acceptance that Italy has to take this medicine,’’ said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer for Chicago-based Harris Private Bank.
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