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Mario Draghi

Stocks post solid gains; investors wait for ECB, jobs data

U.S. stocks moved solidly higher Tuesday, helped by improving economic data from Japan and Europe as well as hopes that the European Central Bank will expand its stimulus program. However, trading remained quiet ahead of the release later this week of the U.S. government's monthly jobs survey.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 115 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,825 as of 2:19 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,093 and the Nasdaq composite index rose 26 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,133.

CENTRAL BANK WATCH: Investors are keyed into both the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve this month. Policy...