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Stocks creep higher after jobless claims drop
Stocks creep higher after jobless claims drop

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market headed up in early Thursday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's in no rush to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: As of 9:55 a.m. Eastern time, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up six points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,007. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,216. The Nasdaq composite rose 16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,577. ECONOMICS: Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. Weekly applications fell 36,000 to 280,000, below...

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