The Dow Jones Industrial Average stormed up 211.88 points Thursday to end at 12,887.93 while the tech-laden Nasdaq and S&P 500 gained 39 points and 22 points, respectively.

In economic news, the Labor Department said weekly jobless claims by 35,000 claims to a seasonally adjusted 353,000 claims, the lowest level in nearly four years.

Meanwhile, durable goods orders rose 1.6% in June, much higher than the 0.4% increase most economists had predicted. But most of that growth came from demand for new aircrafts. Excluding transportation orders, total demand fell 1.1% for the month.

Here are some more details from Thursday’s trading session:

Dow Jones Industrial Average:

  *  Up for two consecutive trading days.
  *  Up 270.61 points, or 2.14%, over the last two trading days.
  *  Largest two day point & percentage gain since Friday, June 29, 2012.
  *  Largest one-day point & percentage gain since Friday, June 29, 2012.
  *  Hit an intraday high of 12931.22 at 10:09:51 today, up 255.17 points, or 2.01%
  *  Hit an intraday low of 12680.59 at the open today

  *  29 of the 30 stocks rose, 1 fell.
  *  Today's top contributors to the Dow's movement and their point contribution: IBM (21.72), CVX (17.18), MMM (13.93), HD (13.93), KO (13.85).

  *  Today's laggards and their point contribution: CSCO (-0.30), BAC (0.76), AA (1.29), PFE (1.29), HPQ (1.74).
  *  Highest closing value since Thursday, July 19, 2012.
  *  Off 9.01% from its record closing high of 14164.53, hit on Tuesday, October 09, 2007.
  *  Up 96.85% from its 12-year close low of 6547.05 hit on March 9, 2009.
  *  Rose 5.29% from 52 weeks ago.
  *  Up 6.50% from its 2012 closing low of 12101.46, hit on Monday, June 04, 2012.
  *  Off 2.95%(rounded) from its 52 week high of 13279.32, hit on Tuesday, May 01, 2012.
  *  Up 20.95% from its 52 week low of 10655.30, hit on Monday, October 03, 2011.
  *  Month-to-date it is up 0.06%.
  *  Year-to-date it is up 5.49%.

Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index:

14034.25, up 216.05 points, or 1.56%, or approximately $244 billion in market capitalization.

  *  Up for two consecutive trading days.
  *  Up 216.73 points, or 1.57%, over the last two trading days.
  *  Largest two day point & percentage gain since Monday, July 02, 2012.
  *  Largest one-day point & percentage gain since Friday, July 13, 2012.
  *  Off 10.87% (approximately $2.9 trillion) from its record closing high of 15745.39, hit on Tuesday, October 09, 2007.
  *  Up 106.34% (approximately $8.3 trillion) from the 12 ½ year close low of 6800.08 hit on March 9, 2009.
  *  Rose 3.23% from 52 weeks ago.
  *  Up 6.27% from its 2012 closing low of 13206.64, hit on Wednesday, January 04, 2012.
  *  Off 4.79% from its 52 week high of 14740.15, hit on Monday, April 02, 2012.
  *  Up 24.21% from its 52 week low of 11299.07, hit on Monday, October 03, 2011.
  *  Month-to-date it is down 0.47%, or approximately $83.1 billion in market cap.
  *  Year-to-date it is up 7.80%, or approximately $1.1 trillion in market cap.

Data courtesy of Dow Jones Indexes.