US stock market rises at midday helped by better economic news

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Upbeat news on employment is lifting stocks at midday, breaking a five-day losing streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.The S&P 500 index gained four points to 1,696 at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points to 15,313. The Nasdaq climbed 21 points to 3,782.Unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years last week, the government says.The Dow and S&P 500 have fallen five consecutive days, spooked by the prospect of a government shutdown. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress this week that the Treasury’s ability to borrow funds will be exhausted Oct. 17.Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.17, or 4 per cent, to $77.38. The retailer said Wednesday that its quarterly profit increased 11 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:19 pm MDT US stock market rises at midday, helped by better economic news

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