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S&P 500 Rallies to Highest Level Since 2008 on Stimulus Bets

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U.S. stocks rose for the week, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the highest since 2008, amid bets the Federal Reserve will stimulate the economy and as the European Central Bank announced a bond-buying plan.

Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. climbed at least 5.8 percent for the week, following a surge in European lenders. Newmont Mining Corp., the largest U.S. gold producer, jumped 2 percent as the metal rose to a six-month high. Amazon.com Inc. added 4.4 percent after introducing a new line of Kindle e-readers and tablets. Facebook Inc. rallied 5.1 percent after Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he won’t start selling his holdings for at least a year.