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Stocks post mild gains following economic data

August 29, 2013 • Business, National News


In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 photo, trader Michael Hagis works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock futures rose on an improving employment landscape and new figures released Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, that show that U.S. economic growth has been stronger than was once thought. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Positive news on the U.S. economy outweighed worries about Syria Thursday, sending the stock market higher for a second straight day.

The Dow Jones industrial average added 16.44 points, or 0.1 percent, to 14,840.95, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.2 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,638.17. The Nasdaq composite posted a bigger gain, rising 27 points, or 0.8 percent, to 3,620.30.

The Dow has gained 64 points over the past two days, not nearly enough to make up for its 170-point loss Tuesday as tensions over Syria rattled markets.

Verizon Communications was the biggest gainer among the blue chips after Britain’s Vodafone confirmed it was in talks with Verizon to sell its 45 percent stake their joint venture, Verizon Wireless.

Verizon rose $1.26, or 2.7 percent, to $47.82. The U.S.-listed Login to read more

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