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S&P 500 Advances Most in Five Weeks Amid Deals, Fed Speculation

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The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose the most since Feb. 3, amid corporate deals and as investors weighed the timing of interest-rate increases after lower-than-forecast economic data.

Health-care companies in the S&P 500 Index advanced 2.2 percent as Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. accepted a sweetened, $11.1 billion takeover offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Life Time Fitness Inc. rose 5.2 percent after agreeing to be bought by private equity firms.