Stocks close up after a choppy day

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NEW YORK (AP) Stocks ended higher Thursday after the White House announced tariffs on steel and aluminum that carved out exceptions for key U.S. allies including Canada and Mexico.

Technology and health care stocks posted some of the biggest gains Thursday.

Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts jumped 8.6 percent after agreeing to be bought by health insurer Cigna.

Grocery chain Kroger tumbled 12 percent after its annual profit forecast fell short of Wall Street's estimates.

Traders are turning their focus to the monthly jobs report due out early Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,738.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 93 points, or 0.4 percent, to 24,895.

The Nasdaq rose 31 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,427.