How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar. The gains were modest, however, as investors turned their eyes back to Russia and Ukraine, where geopolitical tensions were heating up again. Some earnings reports, such as 3M and Facebook, also failed to impress investors.

United Technologies to get $400 million tax deal

State lawmakers gave final legislative approval Thursday to a $400 million tax credit deal with United Technologies Corp., but not without some concerns that Connecticut has to "play defense" to keep its largest private sector employer from moving elsewhere.