U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index erasing an earlier decline, as data showing employers added fewer workers than anticipated in July signaled the Federal Reserve will continue its stimulus efforts.
American International Group Inc. rallied 2.7 percent after saying it will pay its first dividend since 2008 and authorizing a share buyback of as much as $1 billion. LinkedIn Corp. surged 11 percent after increasing its full-year sales forecast. Dell Inc. advanced 5.6 percent as Michael Dell agreed to sweeten his proposal to buy the computer maker with a special dividend. Chevron Corp. slipped 1.2 percent after posting its biggest second-quarter profit decline in four years.