Indices closed with gains on Wednesday. Brands stepped up on a variety of economic news. Boeing tacked on 0.69% today after the U.S. grounded its 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes. On another note, producer prices jumped in February. The Labor Department’s producer price index rose 0.1% last month, following a 0.1% slip in January. The result missed expectations of a 0.2% increase. Core PPI, which discounts food and gas, dropped 0.1%. Meanwhile, durable goods orders rose 0.4% in January. Minus transportation, orders fell 0.1%, on a decrease in bookings for new vehicles. In other items, Commerce Department figures showed construction spending rose 1.3% in January, following two months of downswings.