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Stocks edge higher as investors consider deal news
Stocks edge higher as investors consider deal news

Stocks finished slightly higher on Monday, adding to the small gains the market carved out at the end of last week. A dearth of fresh economic data had many investors focusing on headline-grabbing corporate deals, including a $48.5 billion bid by AT&T to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV and a joint venture between Johnson Controls and a Chinese company that will form the world's largest maker of automotive interiors. The latest batch of deals is a good sign for the market and further illustrates that many companies have the financial ammunition and appetite to grow through acquisitions. Even so, much of the market remained in drift mode Monday, but still near the latest...

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