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Stocks edge up, lifted by corporate earnings and falling Treasury yields

Stocks edge up, lifted by corporate earnings and falling Treasury yields

U.S. stock indexes inched further into record territory Wednesday after AT&T, Boeing and others joined the parade of big companies reporting stronger profits than analysts expected. Stocks that pay big dividends were particularly strong after the Federal Reserve took a pause in its slow-moving campaign to lift interest rates. Treasury yields sank lower.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged up 0.70 of a point, or less than 0.1%, to 2,477.83 and added a whisper to the record high it set Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 97.58 points, or 0.5%, to 21,711.01. The Nasdaq composite rose 10.57 points, or 0.2%, to 6,422.75. Both are at record highs. The Russell...

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