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S&P 500 closes at a record; Hewlett-Packard gains
S&P 500 closes at a record; Hewlett-Packard gains

The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago. The S&P 500 rose 5.87 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,992.37, four points above the record close the index set on July 24. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 60.36 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,039.49. It was the Dow's first close above 17,000 since July 24. The Nasdaq composite rose 5.62 points, or 0.1...

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