Stocks advanced as investors looked past disappointing data on employment and focused on positive activity in the steel sector and strong earnings from Hewlett-Packard and Priceline.com, the Wall Street Journal reports.
- The Dow Jones gained 84 points to close at 10,393.
- The Nasdaq added 15 points, closing at 2,242.
- The S&P 500 rose 7 points, settling at 1,107.
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