U.S. Stocks Rise, Apple Steady

Apple stock was steady on Thursday following the announcement of Steve Jobs’s death, dipping only 0.1 percent, proving that investors weren’t immediately discouraged about the company’s future. Other major stocks rose as Europe made moves to curtail its debt crisis and U.S. retailers reported good September sales. On track for its third consecutive day of gains, the Dow climbed 127 points in afternoon trading. Standard & Poor’s and the NASDAQ rose 14 and 33 points, respectively.