Stocks rise despite threatened Germany downgrade

Stocks are closing modestly higher after a reported threat to Germany’s credit rating deflated a morning market rally.

News reports Monday afternoon said that Standard & Poor’s will put all 17 nations that use the euro on “creditwatch negative,” meaning there is a 50-50 chance of a downgrade in the coming months.

Stocks had risen strongly in the morning after the leaders of France and Germany called for a new treaty to impose greater fiscal discipline on European countries.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 78 points, or 0.7 percent, to 12,098. The S&P 500 rose 13, or 1 percent, to 1,257. The Nasdaq rose 29, or 1.1 percent, to 2,656.

About three stocks rose for every one that fell on the NYSE. Volume was below average at 4.1 billion.