Stocks Edge Up Ahead of Holiday

Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq end the day slightly up or unchanged
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Stocks Edge Up Ahead of Holiday
Piper Foley, 4, daughter of New York Stock Exchange Senior Vice President Douglas Foley, meets Santa Claus from the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before the opening bell Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.    (Richard Drew)

Stocks are closing mostly higher in light trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up a point to 17,813 Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was little changed at 2,088. The Nasdaq composite gained 13 points, or 0.3%, to 5,116. US markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. They will reopen on an abbreviated schedule Friday.

Several stocks moved on earnings news Wednesday. Deere jumped 5% after the maker of farm equipment reported earnings that beat analysts' forecasts. HP sank 14% after reporting weak sales of PCs, printers, and commercial software. Hewlett Packard Enterprise rose 3% after sales of hardware for data centers improved. (More stock market stories.)

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