Stocks Finish with Hefty Gains

Investors responded to an upcoming stimulus package, Cisco's comfort with earnings and stronger-than-expected data on the services sector

Stocks pocketed hefty gains Wednesday, with the Nasdaq Composite surging nearly 6% as investors were encouraged by President Bush's comments on an upcoming economic stimulus package, stronger-than-expected economic data and a reassuring earnings update from Cisco Systems (CSCO ).

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