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U.S. stocks close for Christmas at record highs

US stocks continued their record-breaking run Tuesday, closing before a Christmas break at a new all time high following solid reports on durable goods and new home sales. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit their highest ever levels, rising 62.94 points (0.39 percent) to 16,357.55…

Stocks climb as unemployment hits lowest level since mid-March

US stocks Thursday finished a volatile trading session higher following improved jobless claims data and a mixed bag of corporate earnings. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 24.50 (0.17 percent) to 14,700.80. After touching close to break-even, the index rallied in the final minutes for a gain. The broad-based S&P…