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Stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day
Stocks eke out gains in abbreviated trading day

Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average adding modestly to its gains a day after closing above 18,000 for the first time. It was the Dow's sixth straight gain, coming during a half-day trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday. Investors welcomed Labor Department data showing that applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks. The news came a day after the Commerce Department estimated that the economy grew in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in 11 years. The unemployment data show steady improvement in the labor market, which is positive news for the economy. ...

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